Irving Kaufman (singer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Irving Kaufman
Irving Kaufman singer crop.jpg
Kaufman circa 1919
Background information
Birth nameIsidore Kaufman
Born(1890-02-08)February 8, 1890
Syracuse, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 3, 1976(1976-01-03) (aged 85)
Years active1914–1949

Irving Kaufman (February 8, 1890 – January 3, 1976) was a prolific American early twentieth century singer, recording artist and vaudeville performer.

Life and career[edit]

Kaufman was born Isidore Kaufman in Syracuse, New York, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. He was a member of The Kaufman Brothers, along with his brothers Phillip and Jack.[1]

From 1913 through 1919 Kaufman was part of The Avon Comedy Four, a popular comedy and music group that was formed in 1902. Two of the group's members went on to fame as Smith and Dale. Kaufman began recording in 1914, and recorded for Victor, Columbia, Vocalion, Gennett, Edison, Harmony, as well as all of the dime labels (Banner, Perfect, etc.). Early in his career, when recording for Edison and Victor, he recorded under his own name, but he also used a number of (non-Jewish-sounding) aliases.[2][3] Sometimes, as in the case of several of his 1927 "Broadway Bell-Hops" vocals, he was merely credited as "Vocal Chorus". He was often credited as "vocal refrain by George Beaver" on the dime store labels.

Kaufman was a singer in the vaudeville style, and although he was not considered a jazz singer, he nonetheless sang on recordings accompanied by some of the foremost jazz figures of the 1920s, including Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, the Dorsey Brothers, Red Nichols, Miff Mole, and Eddie Lang. His voice recorded well - both acoustically and electrically - and was one of the most prolific singers during the 1920s.

Kaufman retired after a heart attack in 1949, and made no further commercial recordings until 1974, when a 2-LP set titled Reminisce With Irving Kaufman was released. It consisted mostly of transcriptions of his old recordings, but included several new cuts of Kaufman singing, accompanied by his second wife, Belle Brooks (1904–93). After his retirement, he lived in Palm Springs, California.[4] He died January 3, 1976 in Indio, California.[5]


  1. ^ Gracyk, Tim. "Irving Kaufman (8 February 1890 - 3 January 1976)". Popular American Recording Artists. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Irving Kaufman as Lazy Dan". The LAB On-Line Photo Archive. Library of American Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ Barna, Ryan (22 November 2010). "The Final Years of Irving Kaufman: An Illustrated Discography (1938-1974)". Phonostalgia. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Palm Springs Home To Radio Veterans: Stars of 'Golden Era'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. December 18, 1974. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  5. ^ The New York Times, 5 January 1976

External links[edit]