Abel Baer was born in Baltimore, MD on March 16, 1893. He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and began a career in Dentistry, serving in World War I as a 2nd Lt for the USAAF. It wasn’t until 1920 that he gave up medicine and joined a music publisher as a staff writer.
One of the most popular collaborators during the heyday of Tin Pan Alley, Baer collaborated with L. Wolfe Gilbert, Stanley Adams, Cliff Friend, Sam Lewis and Mabel Wayne, among others. His catalog includes such hits as “June Night”, “There Are Such Things”, “My Mother’s Eyes”, “Gee Buy You’re Swell”, “I Miss My Swiss”, “Don’t Wait ’Til the Night Before Christmas”, “Lucky Lindy”, “It’s the Girl”, “Am I To Blame?”, “Mama Loves Papa”, “Blue Hoosier Blues”, “Garden in Granada”, “When the One You Love, Loves You”, “Don’t Wake Me Up, Let Me Dream”, “The Night When Love Was Born”, “Chapel of the Roses”, “Harriet” and “I’m Sitting Pretty.”
Moving to Hollywood in 1929, Baer contributed songs to the films Paramount on Parade, True to the Navy and Frozen Justice. He also collaborated on the Broadway scores for Lady Do and Old Bill M.P.