Ira Schuster

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Ira Schuster (October 13, 1889 – October 10, 1946[1]) was an American songwriter, who worked as a pianist at various publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley in the early 20th Century.[2] He was also known as John Siras.[3]


He was born in New York City on October 13, 1889 to Sarah and Morris Schuster. His father was from Germany and his mother from England. He had a brother, Joseph Schuster (vaudeville).[4] Schuster married Minnie and had two children, Wallace Schuster and Phoebe Schuster.

Schuster collaborated with other notable songwriters of the time, and had a string of hits in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. Schuster was also one of the first songwriters to form his own publishing company.[2] His best known songs include "Hold Me," "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town,"[5] "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes," "I Am an American," "Go Home and Tell Your Mother," "Any Day Now,"[6] "I'm Alone Because I Love You"[7] and "Let’s Grow Old Together."[2]

Schuster died in New York, aged 55, in October 1946.[1]


He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[2]



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