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Jimmy Van Heusen

Edward Chester Babcock

Composer, Pianist, Vocalist, Music Publisher

(1913 - 1990)

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Jimmy Van Heusen was a favorite composer of both Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, who recorded more than 70 of his songs. As a teenager he adopted the more sophisticated name of the shirt manufacturer when he began singing and playing piano on a Syracuse radio station. In college he wrote a song with Jerry Arlen (Harold’s brother) which was recorded by Cab Calloway. He wrote “Oh! You Crazy Moon” (1938) and “Deep in a Dream” (1939) with lyricist Eddie De Lange and came up with two hits from a failed Broadway show in 1939: “Darn That Dream” with De Lange and “I Thought About You” with Johnny Mercer.

The following year he formed a fruitful partnership with lyricist Johnny Burke. Writing for Hollywood movies, they produced a string of hits for Bing Crosby--“Moonlight Becomes You” (1942), “Sunday, Monday, or Always” (1943), the Academy-Award winning “Swinging on a Star” (1944) and “Personality” (1946). Three films in 1944 produced “Suddenly It’s Spring,” “It Could Happen to You,” and “Like Someone in Love.” Two more of their hits to be picked up by jazz musicians are “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” (1940) and “But Beautiful” (1947). “Here’s That Rainy Day” (1953), introduced by Dolores Gray in Carnival in Flanders, was popularized by nightclub singers and recorded by a host of jazz artists.

In 1954 Sinatra hired Van Heusen to collaborate on a television adaptation of Our Town with lyricist Sammy Cahn which resulted in the Emmy-Award winning “Love and Marriage.” Cahn and Van Heusen wrote a variety of hit tunes from the swinging “The Tender Trap” (1955), “Come Fly with Me” (1958) and “My Kind of Town” (1964) to the contemplative “The Second Time Around” (1960) and the dark ballads “Only the Lonely” (1958) and “September of My Years” (1965). Their partnership also produced three Academy-Award winners: “All the Way” (1957), “High Hopes” (1959), and “Call Me Irresponsible” (1962).

- Sandra Burlingame

Sings the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen

Rosemary Clooney w, Duke Ellington Orchestra

American Songbook Series: James Van Heusen

Jimmy Van Heusen

The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen

Rebecca Kilgore

Darn That Dream

Joe Farrell, George Cables, John Dentz, and Tony Dumas Art Pepper

And I Thought About You

Johnny Hartman

Chet Baker Sings It Could Happen to You

Chet Baker

Here's That Rainy Day

Ruth Brown

Polka Dots & Moonbeams

Paul Desmond

Romance: The Vocal Stylings of Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson Includes "Polka Dots..."

But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn on Verve

Shirley Horn

But Beautiful

Joe Locke, Kenny Barron

Come Fly with Me

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Sings Only for the Lonely

Frank Sinatra

September of My Years

Frank Sinatra

All the Way

Etta James

All the Way

Jimmy Scott

Skyscraper (1965 Original Broadway Cast)

Jimmy Van Heusen, Julie Harris, Sammy Cahn

Walking Happy (1966 Original Broadway Cast)

Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Norman Wisdon, George Rose, Louise Troy

Moonlight Becomes You: Songs of Jimmy Van Heusen

Various Artists
Reading and Viewing

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Roy Hemming

The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals

Newmarket Press

(Includes a 10 page section on Van Heusen)

Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen

Sunday, Monday, Or Always (From the Paramount Pictures Movie "DIXIE")

Mayfair Music Corporation

Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen

Aren't You Glad You're You

Burke & Van Heusen Inc,

Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett

On the Road With Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Collection (Road to Singapore/Road to Zanzibar/Road to Morocco/Road to Utopia)

Universal Studios

DVD Includes "Moonlight Becomes You"

Bing Crosby

Going My Way/Holiday Inn (1944)

DVD Includes "Swingin' on a Star"

Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Keenan Wynn

A Hole in the Head

MGM (Video & DVD)

DVD Includes "High Hopes"

William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell

Our Town



Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles

Papa's Delicate Condition


VHS Includes "Call Me Irresponsible"

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