Chaplin’s mother was born in Walworth, London. Known as Lily Harley on stage, Chaplin described her in his autobiography as “a mignonne in her late twenties, with fair complexion, violet-blue eyes and long light-brown hair that she could sit upon. … Though she was not an exceptional beauty, [my brother Syd and I] thought her divine-looking.”
Born in Ketzin, Germany, Stahlberg emigrated to the US at age 22 as the protégé of Victor Herbert, who appointed him the first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Stahlberg later adapted Louis F. Gottshalk’s revised A WOMAN OF PARIS compilation score for print.
Kay had studied composition with Max Bruch and orchestrations with Engelbert Humperdinck at the Royal Conservatory in his hometown of Berlin. He was part of Victor Herbert’s musical staff for 12 years before becoming Musical-Director-General of the Grauman Theatres. Also a composer for silent films, Kay helped Chaplin compile the score for THE CIRCUS and conducted its Los Angeles premiere.
Born in Koblenz, Germany, the popular Tin Pan Alley lyricist (“On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Yesterdays,” “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “My Buddy,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “It Had To Be You”) copyrighted a lyric in 1925 titled “I Like That Little One” to a melody composed by Chaplin and bandleader Abe Lyman. Though Chaplin didn’t use the lyric, he released a song with the same melody—“Sing a Song.”
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