Jimmy Van Heusen Celebration

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This Sunday, The Jonathan Channel and WNYC celebrate the 101st birthday of composer Jimmy Van Heusen.

A close friend to Jonathan Schwartz, Van Heusen was born Edward Chester Babcock in Syracuse, NY. He was the favored composer of both Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and at thier insistence, wrote for several Crosby films through the 40's (The Road To movies), and for many of Sinatra's projects in the 50's and 60's.  

Jimmy "River of Melody" Van Heusen composed many well-known songs; "Swinging on a Star", "Moonlight Becomes You", "Love and Marriage", "Call Me Irresponsible". In addition to his prolific songwriting, Van Heusen was met with critical acclaim, winning 4 Academy Awards and nominated for 10 others.


Episode Playlist:

Bing Crosby – Swingin’ On A Star – The Best Of Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra – Here’s That Rainy Day – No One Cares

Lena Horne – Darn That Dream – Love Is The Thing

James Moody – Love And Marriage – Young At Heart

Ella Fitzgerald – Like Someone In Love – Like Someone In Love

Jimmy Van Heusen – Nancy medley - Jimmy Van Heusen Plays Jimmy Van Heusen

Billie Holiday – I Thought About You – First Issue: The Great American Songbook

Frank Sinatra – Empty Tables – The Reprise Collection

Frank Sinatra – All The Way – The Television Years

Peggy Lee – Walkin’ Happy – Extra Special!

Sandy Stewart – Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe/A Sleepin’ Bee

Frank Sinatra – Come Fly With Me – Come Fly With Me

Frank Sinatra – Come Dance With Me – Come Dance With Me

Frank Sinatra – Ring A Ding Ding – Ring A Ding Ding

Frank Sinatra – September Of My Years – September Of My Years

Frank Sinatra – Only The Lonely – Only The Lonely

Frank Sinatra – Come Blow Your Horn – Softly, As I Leave You

Frank Sinatra – The Tender Trap – The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Frank Sinatra – Call Me Irresponsible – Sinatra’s Sinatra

Frank Sinatra – It Could Happen To You – Close To You

Frank Sinatra – Deep In A Dream – In The Wee Small Hours

Frank Sinatra – Moonlight Becomes Yours – Moonlight Sinatra

Frank Sinatra – The Second Time Around – The Reprise Collection

Frank Sinatra – The Last Dance – Come Dance With Me

Bob Florence – Emily – Earth

Lynne Wintersteller – Life Story - Closer Than Ever

Sherie Rene Scott – Still Hurting – The Last 5 Years

Brian Stokes Mitchell – Some Other Time – Simply Broadway

Dinah Washington – I’ll Remember April – Jazz Masters 40

Fred Astaire – Isn’t This A Lovely Day – The Astaire Story

Nancy Harms – I’m Pulling Through – In The Indigo

Carol Kidd – Once In A While - Tell Me Once Again

Audrey Hepburn – How Long Has This Been Going On – Funny Face

Paula Cole – Lonelytown – Courage

Champian Fulton – I’m Gonna Lock My Heart And Throw Away The Key - The Breeze And I

Mel Torme – Polka Dots And Moonbeams - It’s A Blue World

Rebecca Kilgore – Suddenly It’s Spring – The Music Of Jimmy Van Heusen

Sarah Vaughan – Here’s That Rainy Day – Sassy At Ronnie’s

Tony Bennett – Oh, You Crazy Moon – When Lights Are Low

Jimmy Van Heusen – My Kind Of Town medley - Jimmy Van Heusen Plays Jimmy Van Heusen

Frank Sinatra – My Kind Of Town – Nothing But The Best

Ella Fitzgerald – It Might As Well Be Spring – Ella In Hollywood

Ella Fitzgerald – Take The ‘A’ Train – Ella In Hollywood

Jimmy Witherspoon – Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do – Jazz Me Blues

Nancy LaMott – Right As The Rain – Ask Me Again


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