Jimmy Francis McHugh was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 10th, 1893 and is hailed as one of the most popular Irish-American
songwriters since Victor Herbert. His father was a plumber and his mother was an accomplished pianist. His career began when
he was promoted from a office boy to a rehearsal pianist at the Boston Opera House. As his desire was to write and perform
"popular" music, he left the job in 1917 to become a pianist and song plugger in Boston with the Irving Berlin publishing
company. In 1921, he moved to New York after getting married and started working for Jack Mills Inc. where he published his
first song, Emaline. The song was so popular that he was promoted to a professional manager, teaming up with Irving Mills to release the hit
song, Everything is Hotsy Totsy Now – the two becoming known as the Hotsy Totsy Boys. Between the years of 1922 and 1930, McHugh wrote songs for at least nine
difference shows, and expanded out to writing for movies, My Dream of the Big Parade. His music career took off when he partnered with Dorothy Fields, a lyricist in 1927, and produced their first hit I Can't Give You Anything But Love, written for the all-black Blackbirds of 1928 musical. In the early 1930s, they moved into the Hollywood movie scene; however,
Fields preferred the Broadway scene and returned to New York after some years. McHugh went on to partner with Harold Adamson
to produce songs for classic 1930s movies for fifteen years. McHugh died in Beverly Hills on March 23rd, 1969 after writing
more than 280 songs. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award, but unfortunately never won. The Jimmy McHugh Collection
of Sheet Music consists of over 550 songs from the late 19th century to the early 1970s.
Jimmy McHugh Musical Scores Collection is the physical property of
California State University, Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy Memorial Library,
Special Collections and Archives.