Dave Dreyer

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Dave Dreyer was a composer and pianist born on September 22, 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. He died on March 1, 1967 in New York City.[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.

You Can’t Be True, Dear[edit]

"You Can’t Be True, Dear" is sometimes listed under Dreyer's credits. In fact 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Dave Dreyer: New York, New York". Death-Record. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dave Dreyer". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Bryon Young page on Ken Griffin and "You Can’t Be True, Dear"