Jimmy McHugh

Born Jul 10, 1894

James Francis McHugh was an American composer. One of the most prolific songwriters from the 1920s to the 1950s, he is credited with over 500 songs. His songs were recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland (who died only one month after McHugh), Billie Holiday, Adelaide Hall, Nina Simone, Chet Baker, Dinah Washington, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Deanna Durbin, and Ella Fitzgerald.… Read More

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1894 Birth Born on July 10, 1894.


1928 33 Years Old Since he had written material for many of Harlem’s Cotton Club revues, it would be no coincidence that their first combined success would be the score for the all-black Broadway musical Blackbirds of 1928 starring Adelaide Hall and Bill Bojangles Robinson, which jump-started the fledgling duo’s career with the songs “I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” “Diga Diga Doo” and “I Must Have That Man”. … Read More
1930 36 Years Old In the artistically fruitful years after they first collaborated in 1930, McHugh and Fields wrote over 30 songs for the film world.


1935 41 Years Old Fields and McHugh finally parted company in 1935.(Spitz) McHugh's longest songwriting partner was Harold Adamson. … Read More


1948 54 Years Old For the 1948 film A Date with Judy, he composed "It's a Most Unusual Day" for Jane Powell; it became the young singer and actress's signature tune. (She was still performing it as recently as 2010 — aged 81 — when she sang the song at the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by Pink Martini, the 13-member "little orchestra".) … Read More


1969 75 Years Old Died on May 23, 1969.
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