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