March 01, 2012

Family of Jimmy Van Heusen Goes "All The Way"

Jimmy Van Heusen

Jimmy Van Heusen

The family of Jimmy Van Heusen has established the Jimmy Van Heusen Award at The ASCAP Foundation to honor the legacy of the great American songwriter.

Jimmy Van Heusen was one of the most accomplished songwriters from the mid 20th century, with countless hits sung and recorded by such American vocal icons as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne and Rosemary Clooney. Some of his most popular songs were written for movies: "Swinging on a Star," "All the Way," "High Hopes" and "Call Me Irresponsible."

Teaming up with lyricist Johnny Burke, Van Heusen began writing songs for Paramount Pictures. Together he and Burke wrote the scores for many Bing Crosby movies including Road to Zanzibar, Road to Morocco, Dixie, and Going My Way among others. Together they won their first Academy Award.

Later in his life, Jimmy Van Heusen teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn and together they received three Best Song Academy Awards for their work. He and Cahn also received an Emmy Award for their American standard "Love and Marriage."

The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award will be presented to an outstanding, promising composer who has participated in the ASCAP/NYU Television and Film Scoring Workshop. The recipient will be an ASCAP or unaffiliated member who is pursuing a career in television and film scoring.