Bert Kalmar (Albert Kalmar)

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New York, USA
Vaudevillian, song-and-dance man, tent show magician and juggler Bert Kalmar turned to writing parodies for the stage after a knee injury put an end to his performing career. However, at the urging of composer Ted Snyder, he soon put his talents to better use as a writer of popular songs. A chance encounter with pianist cum 'song plugger' Harry Ruby at Snyder & Waterson, a Tin Pan Alley publishing firm, led to what was to become a famous partnership. Read more...