born on 9/12/1903 in Newark, NJ, United States
died on 25/2/1981 in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Matty Malneck (December 9, 1903 - February 25, 1981) was an American jazz violinist, violist and songwriter.
Malneck's first professional gigs as a violinist began when he was age 16. He worked with Paul Whiteman from 1926 to 1937, and also recorded in the same period with Frank Signorelli, Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, and Mildred Bailey. He led his own big band in 1938-39 and shot short films with vocalist Liz Tilton in the 1940s. He recorded as a leader for London Records in 1932 and Decca Records in 1938-39.
Malneck's credits as a songwriter have overshadowed his contributions as a performer. He composed several songs which became pop standards, including "I'll Never Be the Same" (recorded by Frank Sinatra, Teddi King and Jeri Southern), "I'm Through With Love", "Goody Goody", "Eeny Meeny Miney Mo", and "If You Were Mine" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer and recorded by Billie Holiday in New York City on October 25, 1935 for Brunswick 7554).
- Scott Yanow, [Matty Malneck at All Music Guide Matty Malneck] at Allmusic