Jack Yellen

Jack Yellen

Jack Yellen

BMHOF Class of 1996

Born in Poland on July 6 1892, Jack Yellen emigrated with his family to the United States when he was five years old. The oldest of seven children, he was raised in Buffalo, New York and began writing songs in high school. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1913 where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. After graduating he became a reporter for the Buffalo Courier, continuing to write songs on the side.

Yellen's first collaborator on a song was George L. Cobb, with whom he wrote a number of Dixie songs including "Alabama Jubilee," "Are You From Dixie?," and "All Aboard for Dixieland." He is best remembered for his collaboration with composer Milton Ager. He and Ager entered the music publishing business as part owners of the Ager-Yellen-Bernstein Music Company. Yellen also worked with many other composers such as Sammy Fain and Harold Arlen.In the 1930's he was a successful Hollywood Screen writer for Alice Faye-Don Ameche films and other movies.

Yellen's collaboration with vaudeville star, Sophie Tucker, for whom he was retained to write special material, produced one of Tucker's most well known songs, "My Yiddishe Momme," a song in English with some Yiddish text. Yellen wrote the lyrics that were set to music by Lew Pollack.Yellen wrote the lyrics to more than 200 popular songs of the early 20th century. Two of his most recognized songs, still popular in the 21st century, are "​Happy Days Are Here Again" and "Ain't She Sweet."

Yellen's screenwriting credits included George White's Scandals, Pigskin Parade, Little Miss Broadway, and Submarine Patrol.

Yellen served on the Board of Directors ASCAP from 1951 to 1969 where he was an untiring proponent of songwriters’ interests. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

He died in Concord, New York, aged 98.

​Back - 1996

Film Scores

1929 GLAD RAG DOLL
1929 THIS IS HEAVEN
1929 HONKY TONK
1930 RAIN OR SHINE
1930 CALL OF THE WEST
1930 KING OF JAZZ, THE
1930 THEY LEARNED ABOUT WOMEN
1930 CHASING RAINBOWS
1931 CHRISTMAS PARTY, THE
1931 BLONDE CRAZY
1932 ARTISTIC TEMPER
1932 HEART OF NEW YORK, THE
1933 CRASHING THE GATE
1933 GOING HOLLYWOOD
1934 TWENTIETH CENTURY
1934 HELL IN THE HEAVENS
1934 GEORGE WHITE’S SCANDALS
1935 AFFAIR OF SUSAN, THE
1935 KING OF BURLESQUE
1935 OUR LITTLE GIRL
1936 CAPTAIN JANUARY
1936 PIGSKIN PARADE
1936 SING, BABY, SING
1937 BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938
1937 ALI BABA GOES TO TOWN
1937 WAKE UP AND LIVE
1937 YOU CAN’T HAVE EVERYTHING
1937 LOVE IS NEWS
1938 REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM
1938 HAPPY LANDING
1938 MY LUCKY STAR
1938 SUBMARINE PATROL
1938 HOLD THAT CO-ED
1938 LITTLE MISS BROADWAY
1938 SALLY, IRENE AND MARY
1939 BULLDOG DRUMMOND
1939 ANOTHER THIN MAN
1939 ICE FOLLIES OF 1939
1941 UNEXPECTED UNCLE
1942 BELLS OF CAPIRSTRANO
1944 SENSATIONS OF 1945
1946 NIGHT AND DAY
1969 ADDING MACHINE, THE