Harry M. Woods
Harry M. Woods
|Birth name||Henry MacGregor Woods|
|Born||November 4, 1896|
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, United States
|Died||January 14, 1970 (aged 73)|
Glendale, Arizona, United States
Woods was born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Despite the fact that he was born with a deformed left hand (which still had fingers), Woods' mother, a concert singer, encouraged him to play the piano.
After graduation, he settled in Cape Cod and began life as a farmer. Woods was drafted into the army during World War I, and that is when he began cultivating his talent for songwriting. After his discharge, Woods settled in New York City and began his career as a songwriter.
Woods's first songwriting success came in 1923 with the song "I'm Goin' South", written with Abner Silver. It became a hit song in 1924 for Al Jolson. The same year, "Paddlin' Madelin Home" was published, with words and music by Woods.
By 1926, Woods was an established songwriter on Tin Pan Alley and would become legendary with his new song "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)". The song was an instant hit for singers such as "Whispering" Jack Smith and Cliff Edwards. It was Al Jolson, though, who had the most success with his recording of the song. The song was recorded in 1953 by Doris Day and again achieved considerable success on the charts.
In 1929, Woods began contributing songs to Hollywood musicals such as The Vagabond Lover, A Lady's Morals, Artistic Temper, Aunt Sally, Twentieth Century, Road House, Limelight, It's Love Again, Merry Go Round of 1938, and She's For Me. In 1934, he moved to London, where he lived for three years and worked for the British film studio Gaumont British, contributing to the films Jack Ahoy and Evergreen.
While Woods usually wrote both words and music for his songs, he also collaborated with Mort Dixon, Al Sherman, Howard Johnson, Arthur Freed, Rube Bloom and Gus Kahn. Alone, or with his collaborators, he wrote "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover", "I'm Goin' South", "The Clouds Will Soon Roll By", "Just a Butterfly that’s Caught in the Rain", "Side by Side", "My Old Man", "A Little Kiss Each Morning", "Heigh-Ho, Everybody, Heigh-Ho", "Man From the South", "River Stay 'way from My Door", "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain", "We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye", "Just an Echo in the Valley", "A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet", "You Ought to See Sally on Sunday", "Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby", "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", "Try a Little Tenderness", "I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again", "Over My Shoulder", "Tinkle Tinkle Tinkle", "When You've Got a Little Springtime in Your Heart", "Midnight, the Stars and You", and "I Nearly Let Love Go Slipping Through My Fingers".
Personal life and demiseEdit
|1931||CBS TV Inaugural Broadcast (TV Movie)||"When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain"|
|1931||Swanee River||"River, Stay 'Way from My Door"|
|1932||Speaking of Operations (Short)||"We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye"|
|1932||Wish I Had Wings (Short)||"I Wish I Had Wings"|
|1932||You're Too Careless with Your Kisses! (Short)||"You're Too Careless with Your Kisses"|
|1932||Rudy Vallee Melodies (Short)||"A Little Kiss Each Morning"|
|1932||Veiled Aristocrats||"River, Stay 'Way from My Door"|
|1932||When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along (Short)||"When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along"|
|1932||Battling Bosko (Short)||"In the Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives"|
|1933||Sing with the Street Singer (Short)||"River Stay Away From My Door"|
|1934||Thunder Over Texas||"When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain"|
|1934||Jack Ahoy||"My Hat's on the Side of My Head"|
|1934||Just an Echo (Short)||"Just an Echo in the Valley"|
|1935||Our Gang Follies of 1936 (Short)||"I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again"|
|1935||Devil Dogs of the Air||"Midnight, the Stars and You"|
|1937||Merry-Go-Round of 1938||"River, Stay 'Way From My Door"|
|1937||Underworld||"I'll Never say 'Never Again' Again "|
|1937||Backstage||"The Whistling Waltz"|
- "Harry M. Woods". The New York Times. Associated Press. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
- IMDb bio for Harry M. Woods.
- Tyler, Don (2007). "Harry Woods". Hit Songs, 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era. McFarland. p. 494. ISBN 9780786429462. Retrieved October 10, 2019 – via Google Books.
- Furia, Philip; Lasser, Michael (2006). "1920 – 1929: Side By Side". America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Routledge. p. 59. ISBN 9781135471996 – via Google Books.
...born without fingers on his left hand...
- "Harry M. Woods". NFO.net. Lyricists Database. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved October 10, 2019.