17 Facts About Al Dubin


Al Dubin is best known for his collaborations with the composer Harry Warren.


Al Dubin came from a Russian Jewish family that emigrated to the United States from Switzerland when he was two years old.


Between ages of thirteen and sixteen, Al Dubin played hookey from school in order to travel into New York City to see Broadway musical shows.


Al Dubin was accepted and enrolled at Perkiomen Seminary in September 1909, but was expelled in 1911, after writing their Alma Mater.


Al Dubin continued to write lyrics and tried selling them to area publishing firms.


In 1917, Al Dubin was drafted at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York, and served as a private in the 305th Field Artillery of the 77th Division, known as New York's own.


On his first weekend pass, Al Dubin went to see a show at the Majestic Theater in New York City.


The year they married, Al Dubin was accepted in ASCAP in 1921.


The last show Al Dubin was contracted to work on was Laffing Room Only, with composer Burton Lane.


Al Dubin provided only a title for this production, "Feudin' and a Fightin'", for which he received 25 percent credit.


Al Dubin spent the remainder of the last few years of his life at the Empire Hotel, alone and in ill-health.


Al Dubin was admitted to the Roosevelt Hospital for barbiturate poisoning and pneumonia, and later died on February 11,1945.


Al Dubin was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.


Al Dubin sold his first set of lyrics for two songs "Prairie Rose" and "Sunray", in 1909 to the Whitmark Music Publishing Firm.


In 1925, Al Dubin met the composer Harry Warren, who was to become his future collaborator at Warner Bros.


In 1929, Al Dubin wrote "Tiptoe through the Tulips" with composer Joe Burke, for the film Gold Diggers of Broadway.


Al Dubin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.