James Kennedy, (20 July 1902 – 6 April 1984), was an Irish songwriter, predominantly a lyricist, putting words to existing music such as "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "My Prayer", or co-writing with the composers Michael Carr, Wilhelm Grosz (sometimes under the pen name Hugh Williams), and Nat Simon, among others. In a career spanning more than fifty years, he wrote some 2000 songs, of which over 200 became worldwide hits and about 50 are popular music classics.
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Birth and Death Data: Born July 20, 1902 (Omagh), Died April 6, 1984 (Somerset)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer, arranger, translator
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 78 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-78861||10-in.||12/18/1933||My song goes 'round the world||Richard Crooks||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-82338||10-in.||4/23/1934||Play to me, Gypsy! (The song I love)||Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||translator|
|Victor||BS-84991||10-in.||11/14/1934||Isle of Capri||Luis Alvarez ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86245||10-in.||11/23/1934||Isle of Capri||Al Mitchell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-94368||10-in.||8/8/1935||The Isle of Capri||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-95043||10-in.||9/18/1935||Red sails in the sunset||Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-95339||10-in.||10/5/1935||Red sails in the sunset||Little Ramblers ; Ward Pinkett||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-96272||10-in.||11/4/1935||Red sails in the sunset||The Girls of the Golden West||Female vocal duet, with guitar||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-98867||10-in.||1/24/1936||Misty islands of the Highlands||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99022||10-in.||1/31/1936||Misty islands of the Highlands||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03855||10-in.||12/28/1936||Serenade in the night||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||arranger, translator|
|Victor||PBS-09512||10-in.||6/10/1937||The miller's daughter Marianne||George Hamilton ; Music Box Music ; Lee Norton||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-010529||10-in.||6/8/1937||The miller's daughter, Marianne||Ken Drake Orchestra ; Jimmy Ray||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-011141||10-in.||7/2/1937||Harbor lights||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-015563||10-in.||10/27/1937||Ten pretty girls||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-018444||10-in.||2/1/1938||Two bouquets||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-018445||10-in.||2/1/1938||Home town||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-019840||10-in.||2/18/1938||Two bouquets||Jerry Blaine ; Phyllis Kenny ; Stream Line Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-035364||10-in.||3/28/1939||The chestnut tree||Saxie Dowell ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-035399||10-in.||4/4/1939||The chestnut tree ('Neath the spreading chestnut tree)||Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-036242||10-in.||6/5/1939||Cinderella (Stay in my arms)||Kenny Baker ; Nathaniel Finston||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037156||10-in.||5/25/1939||Cinderella (Stay in my arms)||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037403||10-in.||5/31/1939||Cinderella (Stay in my arms)||Gray Gordon ; Cliff Grass ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038335||10-in.||7/11/1939||Bajo un castaño||Marimba Pan-Americana||Marimba band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038412||10-in.||7/17/1939||South of the border (Down Mexico way)||Clyde Burke ; Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kennedy, Jimmy," accessed June 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103369.
Kennedy, Jimmy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103369.
"Kennedy, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Kennedy, Jimmy - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n81138356
Wikidata: Jimmy Kennedy - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5906272
MusicBrainz: Jimmy Kennedy - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/3415ddfe-f38c-40e0-a4d5-78dee7b3aa27
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