Best known for co-writing the standard "All of Me" with Seymour Simons in 1931, composer Gerald Marks spent much of his career on Tin Pan Alley penning music for both Broadway productions and feature films. During WWII, he wrote "Dig Down Deep" to aid the war bond drive. Much later in life, Marks toured colleges and lectured about his days on Tin Pan Alley. Just before he died, Marks began working on his memoirs, What I Found in the Alley. Marks died of natural causes at the age of 96. That year, he celebrated his birthday by writing the song "At My Age, Why Ask?" as a response to friends who would inquire about his health.