Theodore Frank Snyder (15 August 1881 in Freeport, Illinois – 16 July 1965 in Woodland Hills, California), was a U.S. composer, lyricist, and music publisher (see Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, Inc.). His hits include "The Sheik of Araby" (1921) and "Who's Sorry Now?" (1923). In 1970, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As of 2007, his compositions have been used in more than twenty motion pictures.
Born in Freeport, Illinois, he grew up in Boscobel, Wisconsin. He learned to play the piano as a boy and as a young man returned to Illinois to work in Chicago as a pianist in a café before being employed by a music publishing company.
In 1907, Snyder had his first musical composition published and the following year set up his own music publishing business in New York City. He gave Irving Berlin his first break in 1909 when he hired him as a staff writer for his company and the two eventually became business partners. In 1914, Ted Snyder became one of the founding members of ASCAP.
Snyder's growing name as a top-line composer led to his compositions being used in stage plays with the first to make it to Broadway in 1908. Following his teaming up with Irving Berlin, the two were hired to perform and sing their music in the 1910 musical Up and Down Broadway. Snyder would become widely known to a later generation through hits such as 1921's "The Sheik of Araby" recorded by several artists including Duke Ellington (in 1932), Benny Goodman (in 1937), and The Beatles (in 1962, Decca Audition).
The most notable of Snyder's works is "Who's Sorry Now?" written in 1923 in collaboration with Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. "Who's Sorry Now?" became a No.1 hit on the UK Singles Chart for Connie Francis in 1958 and went to No. 4 on the American Billboard charts. In 2000, it was named one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1930, Snyder retired from the songwriting business and moved to California, where he opened a Hollywood nightclub. As of 2007, his compositions have been used in about twenty-two motion pictures from 1926's The Sheik of Araby, to the 1946's Marx Brothers' A Night in Casablanca, to 1979's All That Jazz, to 2002's The Good Girl.
Death and legacy
In 1970, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Work on Broadway
- Funabashi (1908), musical – contributing lyricist
- Up and Down Broadway (1910), musical – performer
- Fashions of 1924 (1924), revue – composer
- Fosse (1999), revue – featured songwriter for "Who's Sorry Now?"
- About 22: 18+1 MPs (and 3 TVs) listed at the IMDb Ted Snyder filmography, plus 3 non-redundant MPs listed at the AllMovie Ted Snyder filmography
- Jansen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. Routledge. p. 376. ISBN 0415938775.
- Duke Ellington recording sessions, 1930-1934
- "Ted Snyder (1881 - 1965) - Find A Grave Memorial".
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 189. ISBN 0786409835.
- Ted Snyder entry at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Works by Ted Snyder at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Ted Snyder at Internet Archive
- Ted Snyder at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ted Snyder at the Internet Movie Database
- Ted Snyder discography at Allmusic : less complete credits, but all recordings and covers
- Ted Snyder discography at the Songwriters Hall of Fame : more complete credits, but no dates