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Teamed with Dorothy Fields for dozens of Hollywood hits


Jimmy McHugh's most popular songs have an infectiously swinging quality that instantly endears them to the listener. He was born James Francis McHugh in Boston, Massachusetts on. July 10, 1894. His father ran a plumbing business and his first piano lessons came from his mother. He attended St. John's Preparatory School and then Holy Cross College, where be studied music.

His first job in music was as a rehearsal pianist at the Boston Opera House and soon popular music beckoned. He began working as a song plugger for the Boston office of Irving Berlin's publishing company and in 1921, he moved to New York, where he began writing songs, especially for the Cotton Club revues in Harlem. In 1924 be had a success with one of his Cotton Club songs, "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" (lyric by Gene Austin, with credit given to publisher Irving Mills). Another success from his Cotton Club years was "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" (lyric by Clarence Gaskell).

In 1927 one of McHugh’s most important professional relationships began when he met lyricist Dorothy Fields. They began writing together and in 1928 they had a there first big hit with the enduringly popular "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby", written far the all-black Broadway revue Blackbirds of 1928. Other songs written by them for this show were "Digga Digga Do" and "I Must Have That Man".

In 1930 they wrote another favorite, "On the Sunny Side of the Street", for Lew Leslie's International Revue. For the same show, they wrote "Exactly Like You".…

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Discography Highlights

Aldi Music Company/Cotton Club Publishing

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