You know his music, but chances are you don’t know him.
Jimmy Van Heusen, the composer of such hits as Swinging on a Star, Love and Marriage, All the Way, and High Hopes, was content to let his music speak for itself. While his legacy is inextricably linked with Frank Sinatra, Van Heusen was much more. Van Heusen is the last associate of the Rat Pack to have his story told.
Van Heusen crafted songs that transcend generations of music. Artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ela Fitzgerald, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe, Pearl Bailey, Jack Jones, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Sammy Davis, Jr., Doris Day, Billy Holiday, Cab Calloway, Jo Stafford, Margaret Whiting, Tony Bennett, and Nancy Wilson added distinction to the songs. Contemporary artists like Michael Bublé, Lady Gaga, Steve Tryell, Michael Finestein, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Seth MacFarlane, Harry Connick, Jr., and emerging artists: Nick Ziobro, Julia Goodwin, Marissa Molder, continue his legacy. Van Heusen is only one of two composers to receive a record 4 Academy Awards for Best Original Song.
Christopher A. Coppula has written the first and only biography to date of the prolific songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen. He undertook this, his first writing project, as a labor of love for the American songbook and his genuine fondness of Van Heusen’s music.
Reviews for We’ve Been Had
“James Keena provides us with an arsenal! We’ve Been Had gives a frighteningly clear picture that what is happening to our United States is no accident. There are no misguided good intentions, but rather a well-crafted and unveiled attempt to change the foundation of our way of life. We’ve Been Had is also a call to action we must all take to heart before it is too late.”
—Kenneth Koskodan, author of “No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II”
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— Scott Swett, author of To Set the Record Straight: How Swift Boat Veterans, POWs and the New Media Defeated John Kerry.