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Archie Gottler

Composer Archie Gottler was born in New York City on May 14, 1896.

After graduating from Long Island Business College, Gottler began his career as a pianist in silent movie theaters. He was a pioneer composer for many silent films, composing the scores for The Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and 1930’s Happy Days. Gottler also had success writing songs for the various revues in the 1920’s and 30’s, including the Ziegfeld Follies and eventually wrote the scores for the 1920 Broadway musical starring Eddie Cantor, Broadway Brevities.

Throughout his career he collaborated with a number of the big name lyricists of the period including Sidney Mitchell, Edgar Leslie, Con Conrad, George Meyer, and Johnny Lange.

Perhaps his most well known song was the patriotic “America, I Love You,” introduced in 1915 by Eva Tanguay. His other hits include “Would You rather Be a Colonel With an Eagle on Your Shoulder or a Private With a Chicken on Your Knee”, “Baby Me”, “What Do You Mean by Loving Somebody Else”, “Easter Sunday on Parade”, “ “Kiss Me Good Night”, “I Hate to Lose You”, “Love Me or Leave Me Alone”, “To Whom it May Concern” and “Wine, Women and Song.”

Archie Gottler died in California on June 24, 1959.