Albert von Tilzer (29 March 1878, Indianapolis, Ind. – 1 October 1956, Los Angeles, Calif.) was an American songwriter, the younger brother of fellow songwriter Harry Von Tilzer. He wrote the music to many hit songs, including, most notably, Take Me out to the Ball Game.
Tilzer was born Albert Gumm. His parents, Sarah (Tilzer) and Jacob Gumbinsky, were Polish Jewish immigrants. As a young man he worked briefly at his older brother Harry Von Tilzer's publishing company, and Albert's earliest songs were published by Harry. Harry had adopted his mother's maiden name, Tilzer, as his own. He sought to make it sound even classier by tacking on a "Von." So impressive seemed the transformation that eventually all his brothers had changed their last name to match his. Within a very few years Albert formed his own firm, The York Publishing Company, and there appears to have been no further collaboration between Albert and Harry Von Tilzer, although both of them wrote and published many hundreds of songs.
Von Tilzer was a top Tin Pan Alley tune writer, producing numerous popular music compositions from 1900 continuing through the early fifties. He collaborated with many lyricists, including Jack Norworth, Lew Brown, and Harry MacPherson. A number of his tunes were performed (and recorded) by jazz bands and continue to be played decades later. His songs included The Alcoholic Blues, (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time, Chili Bean, Dapper Dan, Honey Boy, I May Be Gone for a Long, Long Time, I'm Glad I'm Married, I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town, The Moon Has His Eye On You, My Cutie's Due at Two-to-Two, My Little Girl, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and hundreds of others.
Works for Winds
- I May Be Gone for a Long, Long Time
- I'll Be with You at Apple Blossom Time
- Put Your Arms around Me Honey
- Take Me out to the Ball Game (arr. Balent) (1908/2008)