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Jimmy McHugh

James Francis McHugh

Composer, Pianist, Music Publisher, Philanthropist

(1896 - 1969)

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Jimmy McHugh was a prolific composer. His songs have appeared in hundreds of films (and counting), and many have been recorded by well over 50 artists. He wrote Cotton Club shows and enjoyed his first hit with Gene Austin and Irving Mills, “When My Sugar Walks Down the Street” (1924). In 1926 he and Clarence Gaskill had success with “I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me.”

Then he met aspiring lyricist, Dorothy Fields, who collaborated with him on the successful Broadway show, Blackbirds of 1928, which produced “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” The hits kept coming: “Exactly Like You” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street” (1930) and “Don’t Blame Me” (1932).

In Hollywood, they contributed the title tune to Cuban Love Song with Herbert Stothart (1931), and in 1935 “I’m in the Mood for Love” became their first Hit Parade song, rising to number one. They also wrote lyrics for Jerome Kern’s “Lovely to Look At” and the title song for Hooray for Love.

McHugh’s work with other lyricists produced “I’m Shooting High” (1935) with Ted Koehler and “Say It (Over and Over Again),” “Can’t Get Out of This Mood,” and “Let’s Get Lost” with Frank Loesser (1940).

McHugh’s second lengthy partnership, with Harold Adamson, produced “You’re a Sweetheart” and “Where Are You?” (1937). Frank Sinatra introduced “I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night” and “This Is a Lovely Way to Spend an Evening” in Higher and Higher (1943). Among other patriotic songs, they wrote “Comin’ In on a Wing and a Prayer” (1943) and raised money for the war effort, for which they were honored by President Truman in 1947. Their later hits were “A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba (1945), “It’s a Most Unusual Day” (1948) and “Too Young to Go Steady” (1955).

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Capitol Sings Jimmy Mchugh, Vol. 17: I Feel a Song Comin' On

Various Artists

Let's Get Lost - The Songs of Jimmy McHugh (SACD)

Terence Blanchard, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson

Let's Get Lost: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh

Wesla Whitfield

Sugar Babies: The Burlesque Musical (1979 Original Broadway Cast)

Jimmy McHugh, Arthur Malvin

Two Weeks in Another Town

Jimmy McHugh, David Raksin, David Raksin, Leslie Uggams

I Feel a Song Coming On: The Songs of Jimmy McHugh

Jimmy McHugh

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

Mel Torme

On the Sunny Side of the Street

Louis Armstrong and his Big Band

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Ella Fitzgerald

I'm in the Mood for Love

Billy Eckstine

I'm Shooting High

Ann Richards

I'm Shooting High

Ruby Braff

Live at Yoshi's

Jessica Williams Includes "Say It"

Flirting with Twilight

Kurt Elling Includes "Say It"

Can't Get Out of This Mood

Harry Sweets Edison

Where Are You

Frank Sinatra

This Time It's Love

Kurt Elling Includes "Too Young to Go Steady"
Reading and Viewing

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I Feel a Song Coming on: The Jimmy McHugh Songbook

Alfred Publishing Company

Chet Baker

Let's Get Lost


Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Turner Home Ent

DVD features "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"

Frank Sinatra/Mel Tormé

Higher and Higher (1944)

VHS features several McHugh songs

Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Ann Miller, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Lovely to Look At

MGM (Video & DVD)


Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Xavier Cugat, Robert Stack

A Date With Judy

MGM (Video & DVD)

VHS - Features "It's a Most Unusual Day"

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