Hank Fort

Hank Fort (née Hankins, 1908–1973) was an American singer and songwriter of the mid 20th century. She composed over 400 songs, including tracks recorded by Petula Clark ("Put Your Shoes On, Lucy") and The Andrews Sisters, Patty Montana, Betsy Gay ("I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded")and "Written Guarantee" recorded by Betty Garrett and Larry Parks. One of her songs, "Look With Pride On Our Flag", was played at the second inauguration of Richard Nixon in 1973. In 1935 she established a dancing school in Nashville called "Fortnightly" which became a milestone for generations of youngsters coming of age to learn ballroom dancing and proper manners. It remained in existence nearly a quarter-century.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 14, 1914 (Nashville), Died January 12, 1973 (Washington, D.C.)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3914 10-in. 3/17/1950 Written guarantee Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band songwriter  
Victor D7VB-1478 10-in. 8/8/1947 Pic-a-nic-in (in the park) Larry Green ; Larry Green Orchestra Female vocal solo, with vocal trio and jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D9VB-0079 10-in. 1/11/1949 Put your shoes on, Lucy Fontane Sisters ; Joe Biviano Orchestra Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor D9VB-0409 10-in. 3/8/1949 I didn't know the gun was loaded Buckaroos (Patsy Montana) ; Patsy Montana Female vocal solo, with string band songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fort, Hank," accessed October 2, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/356351.

Fort, Hank. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/356351.

"Fort, Hank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 2 October 2023.

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