Jimmy Van Heusen
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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
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The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals
(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)
DVD Includes "Moonlight Becomes You"
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
Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles
Papa's Delicate Condition
VHS Includes "Call Me Irresponsible"
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