Jimmy KennedyPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Red Sails in the Sunset

South of the Border ( Down Mexico Way )

Jimmy Kennedy ( b. 1902 Omagh, Northern Ireland, d. 1984 )

Overview:

Recently, Dick Alexander and wife discovered the little boat that inspired Jimmy Kennedy's song, "Red Sails in the Sunset," rotting away near Belfast. Because of the publicity generated, the boat (Kitty of Coleraine) was restored and Kennedy was honored in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. He wrote more than 2,000 songs, including:

"Harbor Lights"
"Isle of Capri"
"South of the Border"
"Did Your Mother Come from Ireland?"
"My Prayer"
"April In Portugal"

Most Americans thought he was American, and many Irish people also thought he was an American, because of the flavour of his lyrics. He was born in Omagh, in Northern Ireland.

Jimmy Kennedy was inducted posthumously to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, on June 10, 1997.
The above information on Jimmy Kennedy by courtesy of Dick Alexander.

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