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Abe Olman

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Abe Olman


Abe Olman (born Abraham Olshewitz) (20 December 1888, Cincinnati, Ohio – 4 January 1984, Rancho Mirage, Calif.) was an American composer and music publisher.

After working as a song plugger in Cleveland, he opened a music publishing business, LaSalle Music, in Chicago. He wrote songs for many of Hollywood's early talking pictures. He composed a number of successful ragtime and popular songs including Red Onion Rag (1912), Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1915), Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! (1917), and Down By the O-Hi-O (1920).

He was later director of ASCAP, and a founder of the Songwriters Hall of Fame which, in 1983, named the annual Abe Olman Publisher Award in his honor.

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