Ted Koehler


Biography of Ted Koehler

Ted L. Koehler (July 14, 1894 – January 17, 1973) was an American lyricist.

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 and Sammy Fain.

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

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