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J. FRED COOTS  

(1897 - 1985)

J. Fred Coots was a song plugger, pianist, vaudeville headliner, and composer. His mother wanted him to become a concert pianist but he heard the call of Tin Pan Alley. His first song was “Mister Ford You’ve Got the Right Idea,” written in 1917 when Henry Ford offered to send a peace ship to Europe in an effort to end WWI. His work in vaudeville included writing material for specific performers, one of whom was Sophie Tucker. He composed three Cotton Club Revues and became a staff composer for the Shuberts, writing songs for many musicals and revues.

His Broadway successes include Sally, Irene and Mary (1922) with lyricist Raymond Klages, Artists and Models (1924 and 1925), for which he wrote the music, and Sons o’ Guns (1929), a nostalgic comedy based on Army life for which he wrote both music and lyrics.

Among his songwriting credits are “I Still Get a Thrill (Thinking of You),” written with Benny Davis in 1930, and “Love Letters in the Sand” (1931), with lyricists Nick and Charles Kenny, which became a pop hit for Pat Boone in 1957. A collaboration in 1934 with Sam M. Lewis produced the lovely “For All We Know” (not to be confused with the recording of the same name by the Carpenters) which has been covered by such artists as Nina Simone, Nat “King” Cole, Rod Stewart, Bob Cooper, Stan Getz, and Joe Sample.

His most fruitful partnership was with Haven Gillespie, which produced the jazz standard, “You Go to My Head” (1938) and the blockbuster, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (1934), which Eddie Cantor premiered on his radio show. In 2003 ASCAP announced it as the most performed holiday song over the past three years. It was even recorded by rocker Bruce Springsteen.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 2 (1928-1940) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120604
Nostalgia
Children's Favourites, Vol. 1: Original Recordings (1926-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120704
Nostalgia
CHRISTMAS (Finnish) - MADETOJA, L. / WARTIOVAARA-KALLIONIEMI, L. / SIBELIUS, J. / KUUSISTO, J. (Siita tuntee joulun, A Finnish Christmas) BIS
BIS-CD-1747
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS Julstamning - De klassiska melodierna och de alskade sangerna (Christmas Spirit - The Classic Melodies and Beloved Songs) Naxos
8.503157
Nostalgia
CHRISTMAS SONGS Ondine
ODE993-2
Vocal
DIETRICH, Marlene: Falling in Love Again (1930-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120557
Nostalgia
EDDIE THOMAS SINGERS (THE): Voices from the Apartment Below Naxos Nostalgia
8.120896
Nostalgia
GORDON BRISKER QUINTET: My Son John Naxos Jazz
86064-2
Contemporary Jazz
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 6: 1957, Part 1 Naxos Rock Legends
9.82513
Pop and Rock
HOLIDAY, Billie: Fine and Mellow (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120583
Jazz
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING: 21 Vintage Seasonal Hits (1932-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120564
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Altissimo
75442253502
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY: Most Wonderful Time (The) Altissimo
75442259952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE RESERVE DIXIE EXPRESS: Reserved for You Altissimo
75442270322
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE SINGING SERGEANTS: Merry Little Christmas (A) Altissimo
75442260652
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES ARMY BAND: Holiday Festival (A) Altissimo
75442270572
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND: Let There Be Peace On Earth Altissimo
75442260762
Vocal Ensemble
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND JAZZ TRIO: Baby, It's Cold Outside Altissimo
75442263422
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Happy Holidays! Altissimo
75442270622
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: That Holiday Feeling Altissimo
75442270642
Pop and Rock
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Interlude (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120572
Jazz
Vocal Recital: Sirkia, Raimo - SIBELIUS, J. / ADOLPHE, A. / MADETOJA, L. / FRANCK, C. / BERLIN, I. (Valkea joulu) Ondine
ODE885-2
Vocal
WILSON, Teddy: Blues in C-Sharp Minor (1935-1937) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120665
Jazz
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