Edgar Leslie (December 31, 1885 – January 22, 1976) was an American songwriter.
Edgar Leslie was born in Stamford, Connecticut 1885. He was studied at the Cooper Union in New York. He published his first song in 1909 starting a long prolific career as a composer and lyricist. He died in 1976.
Leslie's first song, "Lonesome" (1909), was an immediate success, recorded by the Haydn Quartet and again by Byron G. Harlan. Other notable artists recorded his early works. Among them were Nat M. Wills, Julian Rose, Belle Baker, Lew Dockstader, James Barton and Joe Welch.
A founding member of the ASCAP in 1914. In 1927, he traveled to England and collaborated with Horatio Nicholls on several songs, most notably "Among My Souvenirs". Leslie served as its director from 1931 to 1941 and from 1947 to 1953. His most enduring success of the era was probably 1935's "Moon Over Miami". He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
- 1913 He'd Have to Get Under – Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile) (m: Maurice Abrahams)
- 1915 America, I Love You (m: Archie Gottler)
- 1915 Cheer Up, Better Times Will Soon Be Here with Joe Young
- 1915 Hello, Hawaii, How Are You? with Jean Schwartz and Bert Kalmar
- 1916 Are You Prepared for the Summer with Bert Kalmar (m: Jean Schwartz)
- 1916 Letter That Never Reached Home, The (m: Archie Gottler)
- 1917 Dixie Volunteers, The with Harry Ruby
- 1917 Girls of America (We All Depend on You) with Bert Kalmar (m: Harry Ruby)
- 1917 I've Got a Red Cross Rosie Going Across with Me with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
- 1917 Let's All Be Americans Now with Irving Berlin & Geo. W. Meyer
- 1917 For Me And My Gal with George W. Meyer and E. Ray Goetz
- 1918 American Beauty with Albert Bryan (m: M. K. Jerome)
- 1918 Big Chief Killahun with Alfred Bryan (m: Maurice Abrahams)
- 1918 Girl He Left Behind Him Has the Hardest Fight of All, The with Al Brayan (m: Harry Ruby)
- 1918 Girls of France with Alfred Bryan & Harry Ruby
- 1919 Come on Papa with Harry Ruby
- 1919 Come on and Play Wiz Me (My Sweet Babee) with Bert Kalmar (m: Harry Ruby)
- 1919 Down the Lane and Home Again with Bert Kalmar (m: M. K. Jerome)
- 1927 Among My Souvenirs (m: Horatio Nicholls)
- 1935 Moon Over Miami (m: Joe Burke)
- 1936 Midnight Blue
- 1936 In a Little Gypsy Tearoom
- 1936 Were You Foolin?
- Halsey K. Mohr, composer who often worked with Edgar Leslie
- Tin Pan Alley: an encyclopedia of the golden age of American song by David A. Jasen, (New York: Routledge, 2003.) p. 248-249
- "Edgar Leslie | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
- Edgar Leslie biography. songwritershalloffame.org. Retrieved: April 29, 2013.
- Edgar Leslie song catalog. songwritershalloffame.org. Retrieved: April 29, 2013.
- Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music - Volume 1. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 28, 32, 39, 52, 74, 84, 103, 115, 176, 180, 321, 363, 369. ISBN 0-7864-2798-1.
- Songwriters Hall of Fame - Edgar Leslie
- Edgar Leslie bio at Parlor Songs
- Edgar Leslie at Allmusic.
- Edgar Leslie at the Sheet Music Consortium.
- Edgar Leslie in July 15, 1967 edition of Billboard.
- Edgar Leslie on Victor Records.
- Edgar Leslie on Edison Records.
- Edgar Leslie at the Internet Archive
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