James Kennedy (20 July 1902 – 6 April 1984) was a Northern Irish songwriter. He was predominantly a lyricist, putting words to existing music such as "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "My Prayer" or co-writing with composers like Michael Carr, Wilhelm Grosz and Nat Simon. 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.
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, adapter
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Recordings (Results 26-50 of 83 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-041153||10-in.||8/1/1939||South of the border (Down Mexico way)||Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-041477||10-in.||9/20/1939||My prayer||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-041587||10-in.||8/18/1939||My prayer||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer, lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-042119||10-in.||9/15/1939||South of the border (Down Mexico way)||Kenny Baker ; Nathaniel Finston||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||MBS-045119||10-in.||before 2/27/1940||Rumbo a México||Magos del Ritmo ; Paco Treviño||Instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||MBS-045292||10-in.||before 4/29/1940||En la frontera de México||Orquesta Juan S. Garrido ; Emilio Tuero||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-045703||10-in.||11/24/1939||Noche de luna||Marimba Pan-Americana||Marimba band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-045935||10-in.||1/15/1940||South with the boarder (Down Mexico way)||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-046127||10-in.||12/26/1939||My prayer||Golden Gate Quartet||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-046497||10-in.||1/23/1940||Opera presentation : South of the border||Alec Templeton||Comic monologue, with piano and male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-047529||10-in.||2/5/1940||South of the border||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-047530||10-in.||2/5/1940||Red sails in the sunset||Riley Puckett||Male vocal solo, with guitar and mandolin||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-048916||10-in.||4/17/1940||Her name was Rosita||Californians ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-050136||10-in.||4/24/1940||Her name was Rosita||Clyde Burke ; Kaydets ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo, male vocal trio, and vocal ensemble||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BS-058736||10-in.||1/3/1941||The mem'ry of a rose||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-058805||10-in.||12/27/1940||The mem'ry of a rose||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-058861||10-in.||1/9/1941||The mem'ry of a rose||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Arthur Wright||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||E0VB-5278||10-in.||8/15/1950||The red we want is the red we've got (in the old red white and blue)||Elton Britt ; Skytoppers||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||E0VB-6282||10-in.||12/13/1950||I'm writing a letter to the Lord||Eddy Arnold||Male vocal solo, with string band||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||E1VB-0553||10-in.||1/29/1951||Yogy the dogie (with the ribbon on his tail)||Frank Worth Orchestra ; Roy Rogers ; Roy Rogers Riders ; Frank Worth||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||E1VB-0606||10-in.||4/6/1951||Last night my heart crossed the ocean||Dale Evans ; Frank Worth Orchestra ; Roy Rogers Riders ; Frank Worth||Female vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||E1VB-0906||10-in.||1/26/1951||Down the trail of achin' hearts||Anita Carter ; Rainbow Ranch Boys ; Hank Snow||Female-male vocal duet, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0547||10-in.||5/18/1947||On the old Spanish trail||Spade Cooley ; Roy Rogers ; Spade Cooley Western Swing Band||Male vocal solo, with string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0958||10-in.||6/10/1947||An apple blossom wedding||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Male vocal solo, with vocal group and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1441||10-in.||7/24/1947||And Mimi||Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Charlie Spivak||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kennedy, Jimmy," accessed September 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103369.
Kennedy, Jimmy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103369.
"Kennedy, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 September 2023.
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