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Kim Gannon

born on 18/11/1900 in Brooklyn, NY, United States

died on 29/4/1974

Alias James Kimball Gannon

Kim Gannon

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Kim Gannon
Born James Kimball Gannon
November 18 1900
Brooklyn, New York
Died April 29 1974 (aged 73)
Lake Worth, Florida
Nationality American
Known for Song writing

James Kimball "Kim" Gannon (November 18, 1900 – April 29, 1974)[1] was an American songwriter, more commonly a lyricist than a composer.


Gannon was born in a Jewish family[2] in Brooklyn, New York but grew up in New Jersey where he attended Montclair High School and was a member of The Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. He graduated from St. Lawrence University and, intending to become a lawyer, attended the Albany Law School, passing the bar examination in New York State in 1934.

In 1939 he wrote his first song, "For Tonight." His 1942 song, Moonlight Cocktail, was recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and was the best selling record in the United States for 10 weeks. In 1942 he began writing songs for films, beginning with the lyrics of the title song for Always in My Heart. He subsequently contributed songs to other films, including Powers Girl and If Winter Comes. In 1951 he turned to the Broadway stage, joining with composer Walter Kent to write the score for Seventeen.[3]

Gannon collaborated with a number of writers, including, J. Fred Coots, Walter Kent, Josef Myrow, Max Steiner, Jule Styne, Mabel Wayne, and Luckey Roberts.[4]

He died in Lake Worth, Florida, at the age of 73.


Among songs which Gannon wrote or co-wrote are the following:

  • "Angel in Disguise"
  • "Autumn Nocturne"
  • "Croce di Oro"
  • "Don't Worry"
  • "A Dreamer's Holiday"
  • "Easy as Pie"
  • "Five O'Clock Whistle"
  • "The Gentleman Needs a Shave"
  • "Hey Doc!"
  • "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
  • "I Understand"
  • "I Want to Be Wanted", his final hit
  • "Johnny Appleseed"
  • "Make Love to Me" (not the 1954 song of that title, but an earlier one)
  • "Moonlight Cocktail"
  • "Under Paris Skies"

References list

  1. Kim Gannon Biography. broadwayworld. Retrieved on 16 November 2013.
  2. Jewish songwriters. Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved on 16 November 2013.
  3. Artist Biography by Joslyn Layne. AllMusic. Retrieved on 16 November 2013.
  4. Biography for Kim Gannon. IMDB. Retrieved on 16 November 2013.
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