HARRY LINK (1896 - 1956)
Lyricist, Music Publisher, Actor, Photographer
Harry Link seems to have had his fingers in a lot of pots. He appeared in the 1916 film The Masked Rider where he is also given credit for photography. He was a songwriter of some note. “I’m Just Wild About Animal Crackers,” written with Sam Coslow and Fred Rich in 1926, was recorded by Harry Reser’s Jumping Jacks and by Irving Aaronson and His Commanders, a popular dance band of the ‘20s and ‘30s.
By the late ‘20s Link was collaborating with some of the best songwriters in the business. In 1929 he wrote “Gone” with Fats Waller and Andy Razaf. The following year, with Chauncey Grey and Bert Lown, he wrote, “You’re the One I Care For.” But his biggest success that year was “I’ve Got a Feelin’ I’m Fallin’” which he and Waller wrote with lyricist David Rose.
Link and his wife Dorothy Dick wrote several tunes in the early ‘30s, but their biggest success, “I Hate to Leave You Now” (1932), written with Waller, was recorded by Louis Armstrong. That same year Link contributed “Tell Me While We’re Dancing,” written in partnership with Nick Kenny, to the film Blondie of the Follies, starring Marion Davies and Robert Montgomery. But his greatest musical coup was the creation of “These Foolish Things” with Eric Maschwitz and Jack Strachey in 1936. He devoted himself to his music publishing business after that.
After Link’s death his wife had modest success with other collaborators. Both Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald recorded “Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear” written with Mort Fryberg, Rolf Marbet, Bert Reisfeld in 1961.
-- Sandra Burlingame
Courtesy of JazzStandards.com