James Frederik Hanley

born on 17/2/1892 in Rensselaer, IN, United States

died on 8/2/1942 in Douglaston, NY, United States

James F. Hanley

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James Frederick "Jimmy" Hanley (Rensselaer, Indiana February 17, 1892 – Douglaston, Long Island February 8, 1942) was an American songwriter and author.[1] He attended Champion College and the Chicago Musical College.

Hanley served with the United States of America (U.S.) 82nd Division in World War I. During his military service he wrote an army musical show called Toot Sweet.

On discharge Hanley became a vaudeville accompanist. He went on to write songs for film and theater including many Broadway productions. He worked with numerous artists, most notably B.G. DeSylva, Edward Madden, Eddie Dowling, Percy Wenrich, Theodore Morse and Ballard MacDonald.

Hanley is best remembered for the hit songs "Indiana" (1917), "Second Hand Rose" (1921) and "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (1934). For the latter song, Hanley contributed both music and lyrics but for most of his songs he wrote the music alone.

Hanley died of a heart attack at his home in Douglaston, Queens, on February 8, 1942, leaving a widow and five children.[1]

Hanley was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Musical theatre credits

  • Toot Sweet


  • Robinson Crusoe, Jr. (1916), co-composer with Sigmund Romberg
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1917 (1917), featured songwriter
  • The Greenwich Village Follies of 1920 (1920), featured songwriter
  • Jim Jam Jems (1920), composer, lyrics by Harry Cort and George Stoddard
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 (1921), featured songwriter
  • Pins and Needles of 1922 (1922), co-composer with Frederick Chappelle, lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and Irving Caesar
  • Spice of 1922 (1922), co-composer with J. Fred Coots and Henry Creamer, lyrics by James Stanley and McElbert Moore
  • Big Boy (1925), co-composer with Joseph Meyer, lyrics by Buddy DeSylva
  • No Foolin' (1926), featured songwriter, lyrics by Gene Buck
  • Honeymoon Lane (1926), composer, lyrics by Eddie Dowling
  • Sidewalks of New York (1927), co-composer, co-author with Eddie Dowling
  • Keep It Clean (1929), co-composer
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 (1934), featured songwriter
  • Thumbs Up! (1934), co-composer with Henry Sullivan

Also contributed songs to:

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 (1922)
  • George White's Scandals of 1923 (1923)
  • Innocent Eyes (1924)
  • Gay Paree of 1925 (1925)
  • High Queen (1926)
  • Take the Air (1927)

Selected songs

  • "Back Home in Indiana"
  • "Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me)"
  • "Dig a Little Deeper"
  • "Dreams for Sale"
  • "Gee, But I Hate to Go Home Alone"
  • "Half a Moon"
  • "Im a Lonesome Little Raindrop"
  • "Jersey Walk"
  • "Just a Cottage Small by a Waterfall"
  • "Little Log Cabin of Dreams"
  • "The Little White House (At the End of Honeymoon Lane)"
  • "Mary Dear"
  • "No Foolin"
  • "Rose of Washington Square"
  • "Second Hand Rose"
  • "Sleepy Valley"
  • "Wherever You Are"
  • "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"

Selected filmography

  • So This Is London (1930)


  1. 1.0 1.1 (9 February 1942). James Hanley, 49; Wrote Songs Hits, The New York Times
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame

External links

  • James F. Hanley at the Internet Broadway Database
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