Dave Dreyer

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Dave Dreyer (born September 22, 1894, Brooklyn, New York – died March 1, 1967, New York City) was an American composer and pianist.[1]

He started off as a pianist with vaudeville greats such as Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Belle Baker, and Frank Fay. In 1923 he worked for the Irving Berlin Music Company. While there, he worked numerous film scores. He later became the head of the music department of RKO Radio. He left the Music Company in 1947.[2]


He began to produce hits by collaborating with other artists. Some of these are:

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.[4]

You Can't Be True, Dear[edit]

"You Can't Be True, Dear" is sometimes listed under Dreyer's credits. However, the song was written by composer Hans Otten and lyricist Gerhard Ebeler, and the English words were written by Hal Cotten at Dreyer's request so that a vocal could be dubbed into the Ken Griffin recording.[5]


  1. ^ "Dave Dreyer: New York, New York". Death-Record. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Dave Dreyer". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dave Dreyer | Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "Explore | Songwriters Hall of Fame". Songhall.org. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  5. ^ Bryon Young page on Ken Griffin and "You Can’t Be True, Dear" Archived 2009-02-13 at the Wayback Machine., theatreorgans.com; accessed May 28, 2017.