Paul Robert Ash


Paul Robert Ash Famous memorial

Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Death 13 Jul 1958 (aged 67)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot St. James, Grave 665
Memorial ID 59611276 View Source

Orchestra Leader, Composer, Vaudeville Personality and Recording Artist. Born in Germany and brought to the U.S. in his first year. Though largely forgotten today, Paul Ash was a significant show business personality in the Jazz Age 1920s, and with his wavy hair and resonant voice, had quite a female fan following. He was a pioneer in elevating the orchestra from secondary status as an accompanist to a featured role on the Broadway stage. In the days when movie houses featured live entertainment before showing the film, Paul Ash was the first of a flock of "personality emcees" (including one who later went to Hollywood--Dick Powell), setting the pattern for "presentation" theaters--touching off a boxoffice bonanza and a boom in the building of movie houses. He recorded several hit songs: "Rememb'ring" (Brunswick, 1924), with his Granada Orchestra, "My Pet" (Columbia, 1928) and "Shadows on the Swanee" (Columbia, 1933). He also penned Kay Kyser's theme "Thinking of You." Other compositions included "I'm Knee Deep in Daisies," "I'd Love to Call You My Sweetheart," "Hoosier Sweetheart," "Gonna Get a Girl," "It's a Happy Old World After All," "Rosa Lee" and "You're Wonderful." Ash disbanded his orchestra in 1936 and became the musical director and conductor for the Roxy Theatre in New York, retiring in 1952. He died at his home at 450 East Sixty-Third St., leaving his wife Ida Gold Ash, daughter, Jean Ash and sister, Clara Demper.

Bio by: James Lacy


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  • Added: 4 Oct 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Robert Ash (11 Feb 1891–13 Jul 1958), Find a Grave Memorial ID 59611276, citing Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .