Haven Gillespie
American composer and lyricist
Haven Gillespie
James Lamont "Haven" Gillespie was an American Tin Pan Alley composer and lyricist.
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CRITICS' CHOICE; Brian Wilson
NYTimes - over 8 years
BRIAN WILSON ''That Lucky Old Sun'' (Capitol) Brian Wilson sings with boundless enthusiasm on ''That Lucky Old Sun,'' his first full album of new songs since 2004. That was when he remade and completed ''Smile,'' the attempted masterpiece he had abandoned amid drug use and mental illness in 1967. In ''Oxygen to the Brain'' on the new album, he
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Worlds of Mezzo and Pop Star Meet Somewhere In Between; Elvis Costello: 'Let's Make Music'
NYTimes - almost 16 years
However one describes Elvis Costello's collaboration with the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter -- or, for that matter, Mr. Costello's work with the songwriter Burt Bacharach, the jazz guitarist Bill Frisell or the Brodsky String Quartet -- it is best not to use the word crossover in his presence. He refers to it as ''the dreaded C word,'' and
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Footlights
NYTimes - about 18 years
NEWS Journey's End Lost for 320 years and rediscovered in Britain in 1995, Nicolas Poussin's 1626 masterpiece, ''The Destruction and Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem,'' is headed for a new home: the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The museum announced the acquisition yesterday, saying it was made possible by a grant from Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild
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Review/Cabaret; Susannah McCorkle Sings About the Vagaries of Love
NYTimes - over 24 years
Susannah McCorkle has determined, she says early in her new cabaret act, that in a romantic relationship things are great only 17.5 percent of the time. Appropriately, just 3 of the 17 songs in the singer's new show, "I'll Take Romance: Love Songs for People Who Love Songs," celebrate those perfect moments. And that happens to be just about 17.6
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Haven Gillespie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1975
    Age 87
    Died on March 14, 1975.
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  • 1972
    Age 84
    He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1925
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gillespie worked in collaboration with many other artists including: He also wrote songs for:
  • TWENTIES
  • 1911
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gillespie and Steventon teamed up on three songs for the act, "You're Just The Girl I've Met In My Dreams", "When I Am Gone", and "Winter Time Is Coming Around Too Soon." Haven was paid one and a half cents for each piece of sheet music sold, total royalties which amounted to only a few dollars over the next several years. While touring to promote his songwriting, Gillespie began drinking heavily and would struggle with alcohol addiction most of his life. At age 23 and after a long night of drinking, he met Joe Ford, a printer with the Cincinnati Tribune. Ford took Haven home to sober up and the two men eventually developed a lifelong friendship. Gillespie's first major hit came in early 1925 with "Drifting and Dreaming." Many of his songs were inspired by chance moments in his life. He left for New York and became a journalist and composer of songs for vaudeville shows.
  • 1910
    Age 22
    They had only one child, Haven Lamont Gillespie, who was born January 10, 1910.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1908
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was 19 and Haven was 21. He had fifteen dollars in his pocket and she had just one dollar given to her by her mother. Gillespie soon landed a job as a typesetter for the Cincinnati Times-Star, ultimately maintaining his membership in the International Typographic Union until his death. He found work as a "plug" man, entertaining audiences at local vaudeville shows by playing and singing songs he had written.
  • 1902
    Age 14
    In 1902, Haven left his Covington home to join his sister and brother-in-law.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1888
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1888.
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