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

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

Hardback Music in American Life (Hardcover)

By (author) Alyn Shipton

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  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore
  • ISBN 10: 0252034651
  • ISBN 13: 9780252034657
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 24 photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,518,671

Product description

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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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

Table of contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; List of illustrations 1 "Home Before Dark" A Boston Childhood 2 "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street" Arriving in New York 3 "Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now" A sequence of hit songs 4 "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)" Meeting Dorothy Fields 5: "Livin' In A Great Big Way" Fields and McHugh on Broadway and in Hollywood 6: "Goodbye Blues" The Split from Dorothy Fields 7 "Dimples" A sequence of child stars 8 "My Kind of Country" Movies, Romance and World War Two 9 "A Lovely Way to Spend An Evening" The great years in Beverly Hills 10 "Reach For Tomorrow" Final years in Los Angeles, and a growing legacy Notes and abbreviations; Bibliography; Index