Koehler, Ted

Koehler, Ted

(1894–1973) lyricist; born in Washington, D.C. He played piano in silent film cinemas and began writing songs in the 1920s for vaudeville and Broadway shows. In the 1930s and 1940s he produced floor shows for the Cotton Club and Broadway. With Harold Arlen, Burton Lane, and other composers, he wrote such hits as "I Love a Parade" (1931) and "Stormy Weather" (1933). He also wrote music for such films as Love Affair (1939) and My Wild Irish Rose (1947).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.