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Date of Birth 6 February 1888Covington, Kentucky, USA
Date of Death 14 March 1975Covington, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameJames Lamont Haven Gillespie

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Songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Breezin' Along With the Breeze", "You Go To My Head," "That Lucky Old Sun"), and composer who left high school to enter the printing trade and soon became a "song plugger" for the music industry. He worked for the New York Times and other newspapers. After a bout with alcoholism and the loss of his wife, he returned to his native Kentucky. Joining ASCAP in 1925, his chief musical collaborators included Henry I. Marshall, Henry H. Tobias, Harry Tobias, Charles Tobias, Richard A. Whiting, Rudy Vallee, Lee David, Larry Shay, Byron Gay, Seymour Simons, Peter De Rose, Victor Young, Neil Moret, "Little" Jack Little, Pete Wendling, Egbert Van Alstyne, and J. Fred Coots. His other popular-song compositions include "The Old Master Painter," "Drifting and Dreaming," "Honey," "The Sleepy Town Express," "Our Old Home Team," "Don't Forget," "God's Country" (Freedom Foundation Award), "You Happened to Me," "Tin Pan Parade," "The Wedding of Jack and Jill," "Right or Wrong," "By the Sycamore Tree," "Beautiful Love," "Until Tomorrow", "Come Home," "There's Honey on the Moon Tonight," "Song of the Navy," "Seeing You Again Did Me No Good," "Our Silver Anniversary," and "This Holy Love".

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Trivia (2)

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
Interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

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