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Scotia in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Robert Allen Deitcher

 
 
Robert Allen Deitcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 4, 2012
1. Robert Allen Deitcher Marker
Inscription.
Composer Lived Here 1939-
1945* Scotia HS Grad 1945
Wrote Chances Are, No Not
Much, You Are Never Far Away
From Me, Home For The Holidays
Moments To Remember
It's Not For Me To Say

 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. 42° 49.544′ N, 73° 58.476′ W. Marker is in Scotia, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on Charles Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 528 Charles Street, Schenectady NY 12302, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maalwyck (approx. 0.3 miles away); Enlarged Lock 23 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 23 (approx. 0.7 miles away); George S. Haswell III (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gateway Landing (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vedder Family Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Home of Aaron Dickinson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Robert Sanders House 1750 (approx. 1.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Former Scotia Mayor and village trustee William Seyse led an effort over the year prior to the marker's unveiling at 528 Charles St., in front of Deitcher’s boyhood home, in order
Robert Allen Deitcher Home & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 4, 2012
2. Robert Allen Deitcher Home & Marker
to get the composer recognition. The $1,000 it took to get the marker was raised locally with donations.
 
Regarding Robert Allen Deitcher. Famous composer Robert Allen Deitcher lived here at 528 Charles Street in Scotia from 1939-45 and graduated from Scotia high school in 1945. Deitcher, known professionally as Robert Allen, wrote songs and arrangements for many of pop cultures greatest singers including Perry Como, Arthur Godfrey, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Mitch Miller, Carol Burnett and Doris Day. His songs have sold more than 500 million copies including such hits as “Chances Are,” “Its Not for me to Say,” and “Home for the Holidays.” He was born in Troy, N.Y. on February 28, 1928 and died on October 1, 2000, age 73, in Quogue, New York, of colon cancer.
 
Also see . . .  Marker Unveiling. (Submitted on January 5, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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