Pioneer Recording Artists • Irving Kaufman on Irving Kaufman (1967)

A revealing letter from vaudeville and recording-studio veteran Irving Kaufman to the late Quentin Riggs in 1967, which we recently found among Quentin’s papers. Kaufman, who was in his late 70s at the time, reveals that his birth name was Isadore (he went on to become one of the most prolific users of pseudonyms in the early recording industry) and expresses his unhappiness with retired life in Arizona. He and wife Belle later moved to California, which seems to have suited them better. Quentin’s typed transcription is above, followed by the first page of the original letter, in Kaufman’s hand.