Maurice Abrahams

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Maurice Abrahams
BornMarch 18, 1883
Odessa, Russian Empire
DiedApril 13, 1931 (aged 48)
New York City United States
CitizenshipAmerican (from 1910)
OccupationSongwriter, music publisher
Spouse(s)Belle Baker

Maurice Abrahams (March 18, 1883 – April 13, 1931) was an American songwriter and music publisher, who was successful in the early years of the 20th century.


Abrahams was born in Odessa, Russia, and emigrated to the US as a child in 1892, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1910.[1] He became a songwriter, writing popular ragtime songs in Tin Pan Alley in New York City. Successful songs co-written by Abrahams included "Hitchy-Koo" (1912, written with L. Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir); "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" (1912, written with Muir and Grant Clarke); and "He'd Have to Get Under — Get Out and Get Under (to Fix Up His Automobile)" (1913, written with Clarke and Edgar Leslie).[2] His biggest success, "Ragtime Cowboy Joe", was a pop hit for Bob Roberts (1912), Pinky Tomlin (1939), Eddy Howard (1947), Jo Stafford (1949), and David Seville and the Chipmunks (1959). Some of his songs were written for his wife, the vaudeville performer Belle Baker, whom he married in 1919.[2][3]

Abrahams became manager of several music publishing firms, before starting his own publishing business in 1923. He died in New York in 1931, aged 48.[3]


  1. ^ New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940 for Maurice Abraham, Circuit Court, Southern District Vol 078-080 14 May-10 June 1910 (No 38491-39986),
  2. ^ a b Biography, Retrieved 29 March 2017
  3. ^ a b Gammond, Peter (1991). The Oxford Companion to Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 2. ISBN 0-19-311323-6.

External links[edit]

Maurice Abrahams at Find a Grave