Harry Tobias

Famed lyricist Harry Tobias, a member of the songwriting family known as the Royal Family of Tin Pan Alley, died in St. Louis of natural causes on Dec. 15. He was 99.

Tobias was regarded as one of the nation’s oldest and most beloved songwriters. He was born in New York City in 1895, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, and wrote his first song at the age of 16 – “National Sport,” a tribute to baseball star Ty Cobb.

He penned the lyrics to such standards as “Sweet and Lovely” (1931), “It’s a Lonesome Old Town” (1931), “Miss You” (1928), “Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon” (1937) and “No Regrets” (1936). Other notable songs include “At Your Command,” “Go to Sleepy, Little Baby,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Love Is All,” “Wait for Me, Mary” and “Zei Gezunt.”

He is survived by his daughter Lucille and her husband and two brothers.

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