Haven Gillespie

Composer and Lyricist
Born Feb 6, 1888

James Lamont "Haven" Gillespie was an American Tin Pan Alley composer and lyricist.

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  • Critics' Choice; Brian Wilson
    NYTimes - Sep 01, 2008
  • Worlds Of Mezzo And Pop Star Meet Somewhere In Between; Elvis Costello: 'let's Make Music'
    NYTimes - May 21, 2001
  • Footlights
    NYTimes - Dec 17, 1998
  • Review/Cabaret; Susannah Mc Corkle Sings About The Vagaries Of Love
    NYTimes - Sep 11, 1992


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Haven Gillespie.


1888 Birth Born on February 6, 1888.


1902 14 Years Old In 1902, Haven left his Covington home to join his sister and brother-in-law.


1908 20 Years Old A few years later, Gillespie began corresponding to a childhood sweetheart back in Covington. In 1908, he proposed marriage to Corene Parker by way of a postcard. The couple married on March 9, 1909, in Corene's Covington home. … Read More
1910 22 Years Old They had only one child, Haven Lamont Gillespie, who was born January 10, 1910.
1911 23 Years Old His first break came in 1911 when he met Roy Steventon, performing with Mildred Lovejoy in a dancing act at the Keith Theater in Cincinnati. … Read More


1925 37 Years Old He first gained notice in 1925 with "Breezin Along With The Breeze", in collaboration with Egbert Van Alstyne, Ervin R. Schmidt, and Loyal Curtis, which was recorded by Josephine Baker among many others. … Read More


1972 84 Years Old He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
1975 87 Years Old Died on March 14, 1975.
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