Description: Composer of lyrics, USA

Known For: Songs included – “Animal Crackers in My Soup” – “Ive got the world on a string”

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 14th July 1894
Location Born: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

Date Died: 17th January 1973
Location Died: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Memorial: Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica,Los Angeles County, California, USA

Web Site: “Ted Koehler” . Biography. Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 27, 2013.

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Ted Koehler

An American lyricist.

Ted L. Koehler (July 14, 1894 – January 17, 1973) was an American lyricist. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

Koehler was born in 1894 in Washington, D.C.

He started out as a photo-engraver, but was attracted to the music business, where he started out as a theater pianist for silent films.

He moved on to write for vaudeville and Broadway theatre, and he also produced nightclub shows.

His most successful collaboration was with the composer Harold Arlen, with whom he wrote many famous songs from the 1920s through the 1940s. In 1929 the duo composed their first well-known song, “Get Happy”, and went on to create “Let’s Fall in Love”, “Stormy Weather” and other hit songs. Throughout the early and mid-1930s they wrote for the Cotton Club, a popular Harlem night club, for big band jazz legend Duke Ellington and other top performers, as well as for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films.

Koehler also worked with other composers, including Rube Bloom, Harry Warren and Sammy Fain.

Koehler died in 1973 in Santa Monica at the age of 78.

“Animal Crackers in My Soup” – music by Ray Henderson
“As Long as I Live” – music by Harold Arlen
“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” – music by Harold Arlen
“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” – music by Rube Bloom
“Moon Over Dixie” – music by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
“Get Happy” – music by Harold Arlen
“I Can’t Face the Music” – music by Rube Bloom
“I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” – music by Harold Arlen
“Ill Wind” – music by Harold Arlen
“I’m Shooting High” – music by Jimmy McHugh
“I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed” – music by Jimmy McHugh
“I’ve Got the World on a String” – music by Harold Arlen
“Let’s Fall in Love” – music by Harold Arlen
“Sing My Heart” – music by Harold Arlen
“Spreadin’ Rhythm Around” – music by Jimmy McHugh
“Stormy Weather” – music by Harold Arlen
“When the Sun Comes Out” – music by Harold Arlen
“Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” – with Harry Barris and Billy Moll