Gus Salzer

Robert Russell Bennett recalls working with Gus Salzer, who was for some years considered to be the best music director in town.  Jerome Kern and Salzer worked on The Girl From Utah (1914.18) together.

“Kern had a song in it called ‘The Same Sort of Girl.’  Toward the end of the melody it climbs up to its top note and drops down a perfect octave in a quite original way.  I remembered an arched eyebrow at that spot the first time I ever played the tune on the piano, but Kern told me that when he played it for Gus Salzer he saw a tear appear on the hard-boiled music director’s cheek.”