Today is the birthday of Tin Pan Alley songwriter Edgar Leslie (1885-1976). He began writing songs for vaudeville acts in 1909, among them Nat Wills, Joe Welch, James Barton, Lew Dockstader, and Belle Baker. Hit songs he wrote or co-wrote included “For Me and My Gal”, “Moon Over Miami”, “Among My Souvenirs” “He’d Have to Get Out (Get Out and Get Under)”, and “Sadie Salome”. He was a founding member of ASCAP, and served as its president twice, from 1931 to 1941, and from 1947 to 1953.
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