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FRED AHLERT  

(1892 - 1953)

Fred Ahlert was born in New York City and completed his education at Fordham Law School. Switching from law to music, Ahlert began work as an arranger for composer and bandleader Fred Waring. He eventually transitioned to full-time composing, producing two major hits. The first, “I’ll Get By,” sold over a million copies of sheet music. In 1928 he became convinced he should start his own publishing company and in 1929 he published his second major hit, the top jazz standard “Mean to Me.” Ahlert was Director of ASCAP for twenty years and the Fred Ahlert Music Corporation is still in operation today.

Songs in the Ahlert catalog include “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You)” (1928), “Walking My Baby Back Home” (1930), “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)” (1931), “Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” (1931), and “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (1935).

-- Jeremy Wilson

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 1 (1930-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120603
Nostalgia
DOMNERUS, Arne: Sketches of Standards Proprius
PRCD9036
Contemporary Jazz
FILIP EKESTUBBE TRIO: On a Clear Day Prophone
PCD193
Contemporary Jazz
FRYDMAN, Basia: Lider ojf Jiddish Prophone
PCD058
Chamber Music
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 7: 1957 Pop, Part 1 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82518
Pop and Rock
HOLIDAY, Billie: Easy Living (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120545
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Trav'lin' Light (1940-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120701
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Gettin' Sentimental (1939-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120624
Nostalgia
MARTIN, Dean: When You're Smiling (1946-1953) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120761
Nostalgia
REINHARDT, Django: With Vocals (1933-1941) (Reinhardt, Vol. 9) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120821
Nostalgia
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Interlude (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120572
Jazz




 
 
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