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Jimmy Van Heusen (January 26, 1913 - February 7, 1990), was an American composer. Writing songs for films and television, he won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... An Emmy Award. ...

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Biography

Christened Edward Chester Babcock in Syracuse, New York, he began writing music while at high school, and renamed himself at age 15, to use as his on-air name during a local radio show. Nickname: The Salt City Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll Area  - City 66. ...


Studying at Cazenovia Seminary and Syracuse University, he became friends with Jerry Arlen, the younger brother of Harold Arlen. With the elder Arlen's help, Van Heusen wrote songs for the Cotton Club revue, including "Harlem Hospitality." Categories: | | | ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the 1984 film of the same name, see The Cotton Club The Cotton Club was a famous night club in New York City that operated during and after Prohibition. ...


He then became a staff pianist for some of the Tin Pan Alley publishers, and wrote "It's the Dreamer in Me" (1938) with lyrics by Tommy Dorsey. Tin Pan Alley was the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. ... Tommy Dorsey, in a publicity shot for The Big Apple Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. ...


Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", and "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone. It was in 1940 that he teamed up with the lyricist Johnny Burke. Burke and Van Heusen moved to Hollywood writing for stage musicals and films throughout the '40s and early '50s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star" (1944). Eddie DeLange (15 January 1904 - 15 July 1949)was a United States bandleader and lyricist. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Although the song Swinging on a Star is often associated with Frank Sinatra, its start came with Bing Crosby. ...


He also worked as a part time test pilot for Lockheed Corporation in World War II. Test pilots are aviators who fly new and modified aircraft in specific maneuvers, allowing the results to be measured and the design to be evaluated. ... The Lockheed SR-71 was remarkably advanced for its time and remains unsurpassed in many areas of performance. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Van Heusen then tamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn. Their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" (1957) from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" (1959) from A Hole in the Head and "Call Me Irresponsible" (1963) (lyrics by Sammy Cahn) from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were also featured in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), Rear Window (1954), and Ocean's Eleven (1960). Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 - January 15, 1993) was a songwriter and musician, playing the piano and violin. ... All the Way is a popular song. ... The Joker is Wild, starring Frank Sinatra and Jeanne Crain, is a 1957 movie which tells the story of Joe E. Lewis, a singer and comedian who was popular from the 1920s to the 1950s. ... High Hopes is a popular song. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Call Me Irresponsible is the seventh episode of Frasier. ... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. ... Rear Window (1954) is a motion picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on Cornell Woolrichs short story It Had to Be Murder (1942). ... Oceans Eleven is a 1960 heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five Rat Packers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. ...


Cahn and Van Heusen also wrote "Love and Marriage" (1955), "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly With Me", "Only the Lonely", and "Come Dance With Me" with many of their composistions being the title songs for Frank Sinatra's albums of the late 50's. Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ...


Van Heusen wrote a musical in 1965 entitled Skyscraper, and the 1966 musical Walking Happy. He became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Skyscraper is a musical with a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, and music by James Van Heusen. ... Walking Happy is a theater musical with music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn and book by Roger O. Hirson and Ketti Frings. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ...


Van Heusen retired in the late 1970s, and died in Rancho Mirage, California in 1990, at the age of 77. Rancho Mirage is a city located in Riverside County, California. ...


Awards

  • Van Heusen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 14 times in 12 different years (in both 1946 and 1964 he was nominated for two songs), and won 4 times: in 1944, 1957, 1959, and 1963. He won an Emmy Award for "Best Musical Contribution" in 1956, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1965.

The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... An Emmy Award. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Trivia

Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... The Road to Hong Kong, released in 1962 was the final entry in the long running Road series starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and the only one of the series not produced by Paramount Pictures. ... Phillips Van Heusen is noted for dress shirts In 1881, Moses Phillips and his wife Endel began sewing shirts by hand and sold them from pushcarts to local Pottsville, Pennsylvania coal miners. ...

Songs

But Beautiful is a popular song. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... Come Dance With Me! is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1959. ... Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 - January 15, 1993) was a songwriter and musician, playing the piano and violin. ... Come Fly with Me is a popular song. ... Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 - January 15, 1993) was a songwriter and musician, playing the piano and violin. ... Carnival in Flanders is a musical with a book by Preston Sturges, lyrics by Johnny Burke, and music by Jimmy Van Heusen. ... Carl Sigman ( September 24, 1909 – September 26, 2000) was a major American songwriter. ... Imagination is a popular song. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... Like Someone in Love is a 1957 (see 1957 in music) album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... Love and Marriage, sung by Frank Sinatra, was the theme song for the television series Married. ... Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 - January 15, 1993) was a songwriter and musician, playing the piano and violin. ... Johnny Burke was a songwriter who died in 1930 Johnny Burke (October 3, 1908 - February 25, 1964) was an American lyric writer. ... The Second Time Around is a 1961 album by Etta James, and the second LP release for the blues singer. ...

Academy Awards

Van Heusen won four Academy Awards for Best Song: The Academy Award for Best Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ...


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Jimmy Van Heusen - Biography - AOL Music (471 words)
It was also during this time that he adopted the last name of Van Heusen to use as his on-air name during a local radio show.
Van Heusen and Cahn received two Academy Awards in the late '50s for the songs "All the Way" (used in the movie The Joker Is Wild) and "High Hopes" (from the film A Hole in the Head).
From the late '40s on, Van Heusen was active in music publishing and, over the years, had several publishing companies of his own.
Encyclopedia: Jimmy Van Heusen (326 words)
James Van Heusen (January 26, 1913 - February 7, 1990), often credited as Jimmy Van Heusen, was an American composer.
Born Edward Chester Babcock in Syracuse, New York, Van Heusen began recording his songs in the 1930s.
In the early 1940s, Van Heusen teamed up with lyricist Johnny Burke and wrote a number of songs for movies starring Bing Crosby, including "It's Always You" and "Swinging on a Star".
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