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

By (author) Alyn Shipton

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This first biography of Jimmy McHugh captures a lively and significant contributor to American songwriting. Creator of favorite tunes such as "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street", McHugh was a one-man history of twentieth-century popular music: in his prolific composing career, he wrote songs for Duke Ellington, Shirley Temple, Bobby Breen, Carmen Miranda, Deanna Durbin, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Waters, Adelaide Hall, and scores of other entertainers, and his last works were turned into smash hits by Pat Boone and Fats Domino.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • 02 Sep 2009
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore
  • English
  • 0252034651
  • 9780252034657
  • 1,630,137

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Alyn Shipton jazz critic for the Times of London and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio. His books include A New History of Jazz and biographies of Bud Powell, Fats Waller, and Dizzy Gillespie.

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"A treasure trove of material on Jimmy McHugh, this book is a well documented portrait of a songwriter very much at the center of the music business, Broadway theater, and Hollywood." Philip Furia, coauthor of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists

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