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" I seen my ditty and I done it."
~Nancy Hamilton, lyricist

Nancy Hamilton

& Elaine Dame

b.  July 7th, 1908 Sewickley, Pennsylvania

d. February 18th, 1985 New York, New York

  • Graduated from Smith College 1930

  • Got her start as an actor and producer.

  • Moved to New York in 1932.

  • Was the understudy for Katherine Hepburne in the Warrior's Husband.

  • Debuted on Broadway performing and writing lyrics for the musical revue New Faces.

  • Most known for lyrics from the revues One for the Money, Two for the Show and Three to Get Ready, all of which were responsible for launching the careers of many well-known actors and actresses.

  • Won an Oscar for documentary about Helen Keller. 

  • Lifelong partner was actress Katherine Cornell. 

Ella in Berlin
Ella Fitzgerald

1960 Live Album

Ella Fitzgerald vocals

Paul Smith – piano

Jim Hall – guitar

Wilfred Middlebrooks – double bass

Gus Johnson – drums


Verve Records

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra featuring June Christy

Recorded 1948

Arranged By – Neal Hefti

Vocals – June Christy


Capitol Records 1948

Arranged By – Neal Hefti

Vocals – June Christy

Arranged By – Neal Hefti

Vocals – June Christy

A House with a Little Red Barn
Mitchell Ayres and his Fashions

recorded 1940


Bluebird Records

Vocals- Mitchell Ayres and Mary Ann Mercer

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