Composer and pianist Al Piantadosi was born in New York City on July 18, 1884.
After graduating from the St. James School, Piantadosi began his career as a pianist in nightclubs and resorts before finding work as a staff musician for music publishers. He toured through the United States as the accompanist for vaudeville star Anna Chandler and was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
Among his chief collaborators were Al Bryan, Grant Clarke, Joe McCarthy, Joe Goodwin, and Edgar Leslie. Before retiring in 1930, Piantadosi wrote the music to such great hits as "The Curse of an Aching Heart," "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier," "Pal of My Cradle Days," "That's How I Need You," "Baby Shoes," "When You're In Love With Someone," "Send Me Away with a Smile," "If You Had All the World and Its Gold," "On the Shores of Italy," "In All My Dreams I Dream of You," "I'm Tired of Making Believe," "Where Was Moses When the Lights Went Out?" and "That Italian Rag."