- Alex Kramer (songwriter)
Alex J. Kramer (
May 30, 1903- February 10, 1998) was an American songwriter. (Note that he is sometimes referred to as Alex C. Kramer.)
He was born in
Montreal, Canada. His parents were Adolph and Freda Kramer. At age 17 he was hired as a pianist in a silent movietheater in Montreal. He traveled first to Palm Beach, Florida, joining the Meyer Davisorchestra, and then to Parisand Cannes, before returning to New York City, where he became a radiobandleader. He also worked as an accompanist in nightclubs and in vaudeville.
One of his other musical activities was coaching
vocalists in singing techniques, and one of his students was Joan Whitney, who eventually became both his wife and his songwriting partner. Their first hit as a songwriting team was "High on a Windy Hill," which became a #1 hit in 1941 for the Jimmy Dorseyorchestra.
In 1948 he and his wife started a publishing firm, just in time for the end of the
big bandera, which led to a collapse in the song publishing business. He eventually became associated with the Bourne Music Publishing Company. He also continued to lead an orchestra, conduct on the radio, and serve as an accompanist in night clubs and what remained of the vaudeville business.
In 1973 he moved to
Westport, Connecticut, where he died a few months short of his 95th birthday.
=with Joan Whitney=
*"Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" (1946)
Far Away Places" (1948)
*"High on a Windy Hill" (1940)
Love Somebody" (1947)
*"Money Is the Root of All Evil" (1945)
*"No Man Is an Island"
Mack Davidand Joan Whitney=
It's Love, Love, Love" (1943)
Hy Zaretand Joan Whitney=
My Sister And I" (1941)
The Doll With The Sawdust Heart" (1951)
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