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James Campbell

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Lyricist, Music Publisher

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James Campbell is best known for his partnership with Reginald Connelly and their music publishing house, Campbell and Connelly & Co. Ltd., which they established in London in 1925 and which is now a part of Music Sales, an international conglomerate. They were also lyricists who collaborated with other songwriters to produce, though not a long list, a respectable number of quality songs. One of their earliest hits, “If I Had You,” was written with Ted Shapiro and popularized by Rudy Vallee. With fellow Brit, Ray Noble, they wrote “I Found You” and “Goodnight, Sweetheart,” sung by Rudy Vallee in the Earl Carroll Vanites in 1931.

Campbell and Connelly collaborated with Harry M. Woods on several numbers, most prominent among them, “Try a Little Tenderness” (1932), which became solidly rooted in the jazz repertoire. The song was used to ironic intent on the soundtrack of Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). The trio’s “Just an Echo in the Valley” appeared in the 1933 film, Going Hollywood.

- Sandra Burlingame

Small Groups 1941-1945

Benny Goodman (The first jazz recording of "If I Had You")

Sings Lullabies of Birdland

Chris Connor Includes "Try a Little Tenderness"
Reading and Viewing

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Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, Pierce Brosnan

The Mirror Has Two Faces

Sony Pictures


Bing Crosby, Marion Davies

Going Hollywood (1933)


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