Ben Bernie, the bandleader, composer, and radio and movie star, is best known for the bouncy "Sweet Georgia Brown," which he co-composed with Maceo Pinkard in 1925 (Kenneth Casey wrote the lyrics).
Known as "The Old Maestro", Bernie started in vaudeville. He was a successful bandleader, and his radio variety show in the '30s was a Top 10 hit.
His trademark "Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah!" even became a catchphrase.