Haven Gillespie

James Lamont Gillespie (February 6, 1888 – March 14, 1975) pen name Haven Gillespie, was an American Tin Pan Alley composer and lyricist. He was the writer of "You Go to My Head", "Honey", "By the Sycamore Tree", "That Lucky Old Sun", "Breezin' Along With The Breeze", "Right or Wrong," "Beautiful Love", "Drifting and Dreaming", and "Louisiana Fairy Tale" (Fats Waller's recording of which was used as the first theme song in the PBS Production of This Old House), each song in collaboration with other people such as Beasley Smith, Ervin R. Schmidt, Richard A. Whiting, Wayne King, and Loyal Curtis. He also wrote the seasonal standard "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 6th, 1888 (Covington), Died March 14th, 1975 (Las Vegas)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 101-125 of 190 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W151263 10-in. 2/2/1931 The Sleepy Town Express California Ramblers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W151554 10-in. 5/15/1931 Beautiful love James Melton Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W152034 10-in. 12/9/1931 By the sycamore tree Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W152189 10-in. 5/5/1932 So sweet Log Cabin Four Male vocal quartet, with guitar songwriter  
Columbia 76811 12-in. approximately March 1920 I'm getting tired of playing second fiddle London Dance Orchestra ; Corelli Windeatt Orchestra composer  
Columbia W351140 10-in. 12/7/1931 By the sycamore tree Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh 567 10-in. ca. Jan. 1919 Liberty Bell ring on! Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-7746 10-in. Feb. 1921 Some little bird Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-70955 10-in. Oct. 1922 Old Kentucky moonlight Crescent Mixed Trio Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-72097 10-in. Nov. 1923 Sure as you're born Vernon Dalhart Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-72303 10-in. Jan. 1924 Until tomorrow Helen Clark ; Lewis James Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-72827 10-in. Sept. 1924 That's Georgia Earl Rickard Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 74180 10-in. 6/21/1926 Breezin' along with the breeze Sam Lanin ; Okeh Syncopators Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh W80694 10-in. 4/4/1927 Right or wrong Joe Davis Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
OKeh W80696 10-in. 4/5/1927 I'm on my merry way Vaughn De Leath Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
OKeh W80734 10-in. 4/15/1927 I'm on my merry way Happy Hour Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
OKeh W400723 10-in. 5/29/1928 Right or wrong Goofus Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W401017 10-in. 7/12/1928 How could anything so good be bad? Arnold Frank Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W401546 10-in. 1/19/1929 Right or wrong Georgia Crackers ; Emmett Miller Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
OKeh W401779 10-in. 4/3/1929 Honey Carolina Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet songwriter  
OKeh W401845 10-in. 5/1/1929 Honey Smith Ballew Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
OKeh W403602 10-in. 1/9/1930 Do ya love me? Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
OKeh W403758 10-in. 2/14/1930 Love is like that Seger Ellis Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano lyricist  
OKeh [OK cat 1186-A] 10-in. approximately 1919 Liberty Bell ring on Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick 5242-5243 10-in. approximately Mar. 1921 Some little bird Carl Fenton’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 101-125 of 190 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gillespie, Haven," accessed October 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106488.

Gillespie, Haven. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106488.

"Gillespie, Haven." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 October 2021.

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