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Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ in the Desert with Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

Over the five decades Jimmy Van Heusen spent enjoying the desert life in Palm Springs, his songwriting genius created some of the most beloved melodies of the Great American Songbook. $15 (2.5 hrs)

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Some of the most beloved melodies of the Great American Songbook were written during the five decades that Jimmy Van Heusen spent in the desert, garnering four Academy Awards, Emmy and Grammy awards recognizing his songwriting genius. His musical collaboration with entertainment giants Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby resulted in timeless classics such as “Swingin’ On A Star”, “Love and Marriage”, “Come Fly With Me”, and “All The Way”.   Jimmy’s love affair with the desert began in 1940, as he stepped out of his small plane on the way from New York to Hollywood to write songs for Bing Crosby. In the coming years, Bing, and Jimmy’s other famous friend, Frank Sinatra, would follow him to his desert paradise. 

Director Jim Burns, will introduce the film, Jimmy Van Heusen – Swingin’ with Frank & Bing,  a documentary first aired on PBS, which looks at the life and music of the high-flying songwriter. Also shown will be a rare film tour of Jimmy’s mountaintop ranch near Yucca Valley from 1964. The screenings will be followed by seldom-seen photos of Van Heusen enjoying the good life in the desert. 

A panel discussion moderated by Tracy Conrad, President of the Palm Springs Historical Society will follow the films. Joining the discussion will be Brook Babcock, grandnephew of Jimmy Van Heusen, Will Friedwald, author of Sinatra! The Song Is You, and Director Jim Burns. Be sure to see the exhibition on Jimmy Van Heusen on display during Modernism Week at the Palm Springs Historical Society, 221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262. 


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.

The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Van Heusen Music Corp. Photo Archive


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