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Irene Higginbotham

born on 11/6/1918 in Worchester, MA, United States

died on 27/8/1988 in New York City, NY, United States

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Irene Higgenbotham

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Irene Higgenbotham
Died August 27 1988 (aged 70)
New York City, New York, United States

Irene Higginbotham (June 11, 1918, Worcester, Massachusetts August 27, 1988, New York City, New York)[1] was an American songwriter and concert pianist. She is best known for co-writing the Billie Holiday song "Good Morning Heartache" (1946).[2]


While her closest connection in the popular music of the 1930s and 1940s was Holiday, the prolific songwriter was niece of the classic jazz trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, and ex-wife of jazz pianist Teddy Wilson (Indeed, on some records her compositions are listed under her one-time married name "Irene Wilson.") She was a music student of Kemper Harold and Frederic Hall. She was also a concert pianist at fifteen and joined American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1944.

Her popular-song compositions included:[3]

Also see ASCAP pages for a partial list.[4]


  1. Irene Higginbotham, The Black Perspective in Music, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Autumn, 1988), p. 247
  2. ASCAP: "Good Morning Heartache"
  3. [Irene Higgenbotham at All Music Guide Songs Composed by Irene Higginbotham]
  4. ASCAP: Songs Composed by Irene Higginbotham

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