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|
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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