Fred E. Ahlert is the Composer behind some of the most performed standards recorded by such diverse artists as Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, The Mama’s and The Papa’s and Dinah Shore. His catalog boasts the popular songs “Mean To Me”, “I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You), “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and “Love, You Funny Thing!”, while the 28-measure melodic structure he popularized through these tunes has provided a Jazz framework for artists such as Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane and Earl Hines.

Born with in New York, New York on September 19, 1892, Fred Ahlert spent his life and career in Manhattan. After graduating from CCNY (City College of New York) and Fordham Law School, he got a job with Waterson, Berlin and Snyder Publishers creating arrangements for Irving Aaronson and His Commanders Orchestra and then for the Fred Waring Glee Club. His reputation as a composer grew with the special material he contributed to Vaudeville acts and soon he was selling his compositions to Tin Pan Alley publishers. In 1920 he had his first hit song “I’d Love To Fall Asleep and Wake Up In My Mammy’s Arms”, co-written with Sam Lewis and Joe Young. In 1922, his second success came with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby in “I Gave You Up Before You Threw Me Down”.

Ahlert’s collaboration with lyricist Joe Young created top ten hits such as “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”, immortalized in the 1935 Fats Waller recording and then re-popularized in 1957 with a Billy Williams recording,…

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"WALKING MY BABY BACK HOME"

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MEAN TO ME Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert
Cromwell Music, Inc./Fred Ahlert Music Corp./Pencil Mark Music, Inc.

I DON’T KNOW WHY (I JUST DO) Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert
Cromwell Music, Inc./Fred Ahlert Music Corp./Pencil Mark Music, Inc.

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