Irving Kahal was born in Houtzdale, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1903. By the mid-1920’s, he was performing in New York vaudeville sketches written by Gus Edwards when he met composer Sammy Fain. That meeting began one of the most prolific collaborations from Tin Pan Alley and lasted until Kahal's death in 1942. Kahal and Fain wrote in a popularized jazz idiom, and their first song, on which Francis Wheeler also collaborated on the words, was "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" in 1927, which was popularized via recordings by Roger Wolfe Kahn and Sam Lanin. Other early songs by Fain and Kahal included "I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain" and "Wedding Bells are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine”. That song became a perennial favorite, becoming a hit in the 1920’s with recording artist Gene Austin, the 1940’s with a recording by Steve Gibson and in the 1950s with a recording by the Four Aces.
In 1930, Paramount Pictures signed Kahal and Fain to write a song for the Maurice Chevalier movie The Big Pond. They traveled to Los Angeles, composed "You Brought a New Kind of Love To Me" (written with Pierre Norman), and adopted that city as their base of operations. Chevalier, Paul Whiteman, and the High Hatters all made popular recordings of that song in 1930, and Helen Ward and Frank Sinatra successfully revised it on respective recordings in the 1950s.
For the remainder of their partnership, Kahal and Fain worked for several movie studios, mainly focused on providing one or two songs to be included in a variety of films. Some of their better-remembered…
WEDDING BELLS ARE BREAKING UP THAT OLD GANG OF MINE
Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, William Raskin
rytvoc, Inc./Fain Music Co.
NIGHT IS YOUNG AND YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, THE
Irving Kahal, Billy Rose, Dana Suesse
Pic Corp./Anne-Rachel Music Corp.