Born in Koblenz, Germany on November 6, 1886.
Died in Beverly Hills, California, on October 8, 1941 (54 years of age).
Immigrating to the United States in 1891, where his family settled in Chicago. After graduating from high school, he worked as a clerk in a mail order business before launching one of the most successful and prolific careers from Tin Pan Alley.
In his early days, Kahn wrote special material for vaudeville, together with Egbert Van Alstyne and at the age of 20, his first song was published, “My Dreamy China Lady”. From that publication through the 1940’s, Kahn contributed to Broadway scores such as Kitty’s Kisses, Whoopee, Show Girl, Sinbad, Passing Show of 1922 and Greenwich Village Follies of 1923. Concurrently, he wrote several hits for films, primarily MGM produced features. By 1933, Kahn had become a full time motion picture songwriter contributing to Flying Down to Rio, Kid Millions, Thanks a Million, A Day at the Races, Everybody Sing a.o.
While his primary collaborator was Walter Donaldson, Kahn also worked with composers Richard Whiting, Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Raymond Egan, Isham Jones, Vincent Youmans, George & Ira Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg, Egbert Van Alstyne and Harry Warren (2) amongst others.
In 1916 he married Grace LeBoy and they had two children. He is also the grandfather of Gwynne Kahn.
He's charted in the U.S. and U.K. an astounding 236 times between 1909 and 2013. Of those, eleven were #1 songs. Some notable ones are 'Pretty Baby' (1916), 'I'll Say She Does' (1916), 'Ain't We Got Fun?' (1921), 'Carolina in the Morning' (1923), 'It Had to be You' (1924), 'See You In My Dreams' (1924), 'Yes Sir! That's My Baby' (1925), 'Makin' Whoopee' (1928), ''Love Me or Leave Me' (1929), 'My Baby Just Cares for Me'(1930), 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' (1931), 'One Night of Love' (1934).