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Otto Harbach

Born: Aug 18, 1873

Death: Jan 24, 1963

Birthplace: Salt Lake City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Otto Harbach

Date of Birth : Aug 18, 1873
Date of Death : Jan 24, 1963
Birth Place : Salt Lake City

Otto Abels Harbach, born Otto Abels Hauerbach was an American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. He is most remembered for being Oscar Hammerstein II's mentor and was one of the first librettists to believe that songs should be woven into a show, not just placed there. He is also considered one of the first great lyricists, because most of the others were considered hacks. This was because the shows usually didn't care about lyrics, just the music, the costumes, and the stars. Some of his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Indian Love Call" and "Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine".


  • Writer
  • Playwright
  • Songwriter
  • Lyricist
  • Librettist

Also known as

  • Otto Abels Hauerbach
  • O.A. Hauerbach
  • Otto Hauerbach
  • Mr. Otto Harbach
  • Otto A. Harbach
  • Otto Abels Harbach
  • Harbach, Otto


  • Sena Olsen
  • Adolph Hauerbach


  • Eloise Smith
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