Irwin Dash is something of an enigma. The scanty information so far revealed by Internet searches ranges from 1911 when he composed and published Blue Ribbon Rag
in Philadelphia to 1944 when he wrote, as an English songwriter, I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
as Fred Heatherton in London: In between we have him as a words and music man credited with songs such as It's a Man, It's a Man
(1923) and Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (1924) collaborating with Al Dubin, Irving Mills and Jimmie McHugh. In 1927 he accompanied Josephine Trix of the Trix Sisters as she sang Magnolia
and Ain't that too bad
on a recording. In the 1930's and early WWII years he published several albums of popular songs and dance music as the proprietor of Irwin Dash Music Co., Ltd.
, 10 Denmark St., London. To summarise, we have a piano player, a composer of just one rag, songwriter and publisher active over 4 decades in the Tin Pan Alleys on two continents. That this was actually one and the same person and not two different Irwin Dashes was confirmed (99%) by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards
in a piece of dazzling, lightning research in December 2008. Thanks a lot "Perfessor"!