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Songwriting credits for NPRMusic’s Jittery Jams list

coffeesongNPR’s Jittery Jams list of songs for coffee lovers reminded me of how much I love the lyrics to the Coffee Song.  Below are some facts about the songwriters on NPR’s list. (All links are ad-free to the best of my ability.)

Mississippi John Hurt wrote “Coffee Blues.”

Bob Hilliard & Dick Miles wrote “The Coffee Song“. Other notable Hilliard lyrics include “I’m Late” for Walt Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, “Our Day Will  Come” most famously recorded by Ruby & The Romantics, and “In The Wee Small Hours” also recorded by Frank Sinatra. Miles collaborated with Hilliard on several other novelty songs including “Genie The Magic Record.”

Chris Difford & Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze wrote “Black Coffee In Bed.”

Heavy D’s “Black Coffee” contains a sample of James Brown’s “The Payback.” which was written by James Brown, John Starks, and Fred Wesley.

Paul Francis Webster & Sonny Burke wrote “Black Coffee.” Webster wrote the lyrics to three Academy Award winning songs and the Spider Man Theme. Burke later collaborated with Peggy Lee for the score to “Lady & The Tramp.”

Brendon Small wrote the “Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle.”

Alonzo Mathis, Terius Nash, Darnell Richard, Yung Joc, and Hosea Williams wrote “Coffee Shop.” Mathis co-wrote on the BMI-award winning song “Papers.” Nash (aka The Dream) is a massively successful pop songwriter who co-wrote Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to name just two reasons you’d like to visit his house. Richard and Williams also c0-wrote the BMI-award winning song “Do It To It.”

DeSylva, Brown, & Henderson wrote “You’re The Cream In My Coffee“. Ray Henderson wrote the music to “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World,” and “Button Up Your Overcoat,” the latter also with DeSylva & Brown.

Blur wrote “Coffee and TV.

BONUS: Milton Drake and Ben Oakland wrote “Java Jive“. Milton Drake also wrote “Mairzy Doats“. Ben Oakland was an incredibly prolific composer of film scores who also collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II to write “I’ll Take Romance.”