Felix Bernard (1897 – 1944) was an American conductor, pianist and a composer of popular music. His writing credits include the popular songs Winter Wonderland (with lyricist Richard B. Smith) and Dardanella.
Felix Bernard was born Felix William Bernhardt in New York City on April 28, 1897, and died in Los Angeles, California, on October 20, 1944. A professional pianist from childhood, his early musical studies were with his father, and his formal musical education was from Rensselaer Poly Institute and CR. Bernard wrote professional one-act musical comedies for vaudeville, and he toured throughout the United Sates with the Orpheum and Keith Vaudeville Circuits, and also abroad.
Bernard worked as a pianist for dance orchestras and music publishers before forming his own band. His also had his own radio show which he produced. Best known as a composer, Bernard found success writing musical material for artists such as Al Jolson, Nora Bayes, Eddie Cantor, Marilyn Miller, and Sophie Tucker. In 1934 Bernard joind ASCAP where his chief musical collaborators were Sam Coslow, L. Wolfe Gilbert, Richard B. Smith, and Johnny Black.
Other musical compositions by Felix Bernard include The Mailman's Got My Letter, Jane, You Opened My Eyes, I'd Rather Be Me, Cutest Kid in Town, Tom Thumb and Tiny Teens, What Am I Goin' to Do for Lovin'?, Painter In The Sky, Twenty One Dollars a Day Once a Month, and The Whistlin' Cowboy.