Tin Pan Alley songwriter Fred E. Ahlert's most frequent writing partner was Roy Turk, with whom he wrote the 1928 hit "I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)." The song was originally recorded by Ruth Etting and was later revived by Irene Dunn, who sang it in the 1943 movie A Guy Named Joe. Another tune by Ahlert and Turk was "Mean to Me," recorded in 1929 by Etting and also by Helen Morgan. The following year saw Ahlert's "Walking My Baby Back Home" recorded by Harry Richman and in 1931, Ahlert penned a tune that became one of Kate Smith's first hits: "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)." In 1931, Ahlert also wrote what was to become a signature song of Bing Crosby's, "Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day." Ahlert's last hit came with 1935's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."
Fred E. Ahlert Biography
by Joslyn Layne