Leo Feist (1869-1930) published popular music in New York from 1897. He was famous for his highly aggressive marketing, with lavish rewards for successful sales managers. The firm rapidly grew in the Tin-Pan Alley era, opening branch offices in nearly every major American city, and by 1920, Leo Feist, Inc. had become one of the largest music publishers in the world.
The firm's greatest hit was My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson and George A. Whiting) of 1928 which sold over 5 million copies. However, with the depression of 1929, and Feist's death the following year, the firm saw some decline. By late 1935 the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, bought a controlling interest in the company.
It was one of seven defendants named in a famous 1920 antitrust suit brought by the US Justice Department for controlling 80 percent of the music publishing business. The main offices of all seven named firms were located in New York City.
|3272||Donaldson||At the Old Plantation Ball||1915|
|3682||Ager||China, We Owe a Lot to You||1917|
|3882||Ager||France, We Have Not Forgotten You||1918|
|3915||Ager||Everything is Peaches down in Georgia||1918|
|4138||Various||Anything is Nice if it Comes from Dixieland||1919|
|4228||Meyer||Goodbye, Wild Women, Goodbye!||1919|
|4452||Ager||It's the Smart Little Feller Who Stocked up His Cellar||1920|
|4561||Ager||I'm in Heaven When I'm in My Mother's Arms||1920|
|5892||Donaldson||It made You Happy when You made Me Cry||1926|
|5895||Donaldson||Just a Bird's-eye View||1926|
|5960||Donaldson||Just the Same||1927|
|7211||Various||I'm Nobody's Baby||1921/40|