Bob Carleton

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Robert Louis Carleton (aka Bob Carleton) (November 8, 1894 or 1896, Missouri — July 13, 1956, Burbank, California) was an American pianist and composer of popular music.

He composed over 500 songs, including the World War I hit, "Ja-Da" in 1918.[1] His surname is often misspelled as "Carlton." He made a brief appearance as a pianist in the 1946 film Bringing Up Father.

He was married to Mary Louise Carleton and had two daughters, Jaleta and Judy, and a son, Robert.


  1. ^ Robert L. Carleton, Composer of "Ja-Da", The New York Times, July 14, 1956