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 Hamilton H. Gilkyson III
Terry Gilkyson
October 15, 1999
Age 83
    
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      Hamilton H. Gilkyson III  

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Singer-songwriter Hamilton H. ``Terry'' Gilkyson III,  
    who wrote an eclectic range of music spanning folk to calypso to Disney  
    animation, died Friday. He was 83.  

    Gilkyson's 1968 song, ``The Bare Necessities,'' for Disney's ``Jungle Book,''  
    was nominated for an Academy Award.  

    During the 1960s, he wrote a song a week for ``The Wonderful World of  
    Disney'' television show and later wrote theme songs for Disney movies  
    including ``The Swiss Family Robinson,'' ``Thomasina'' and ``The  
    Aristocats.''  

    Gilkyson songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, The Kingston Trio,  
    Mitch Miller, Spike Jones, Marlene Dietrich, Doris Day, Harry Connick Jr. and  
    Louis Armstrong.  

    He also co-wrote with his group, Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders, such  
    classics as ``Everybody Loves Saturday Night,'' ``Marianne,'' ``The Sea is  
    Green'' and ``Memories are Made of This,'' the hit recorded by Dean Martin.  
    ``Greenfield,'' recorded by The Brothers Four, was a Top 10 hit in 1960.  

    Born in Mont Clare, Pa., Gilkyson served in the Army Air Corps during World  
    War II and broadcast for Armed Forces Radio as a folk singer.  

    After the war, Gilkyson moved to Los Angeles to pursue a songwriting career.  
    His first hit was the 1950 ``Cry of the Wild Goose,'' recorded by Frankie  
    Laine.  

    He recorded five albums with the Easy Riders. 

    
  Folk Singer/Songwriter Terry Gilkyson Dies At 83
                     
                           Terry Gilkyson, whose long songwriting career 
                           included the Academy Award-nominated hit 
                           "The Bare Necessities" from Walt Disney film 
                           The Jungle Book, died Friday (Oct. 15) at age 
                           83 in Austin, Texas.  

                           In a musical career that spanned over four 
                           decades, Gilkyson penned Dean Martin's 1955 
                           No. 1 record "Memories Are Made Of This," 
                           plus top 10 hits for Frankie Laine and the 
                           Brothers Four. A wide-ranging group of artists 
                           recorded Gilkyson's songs, including Tony 
                           Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick, Jr., 
                           the Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, Spike Jones, 
                           and many more.  

                           Born Hamilton H. Gilkyson III in Phoenixville, 
                           Pa., but nicknamed Terry, his earliest musical 
                           ventures included singing folk songs on Armed 
                           Forces Radio during World War II, after 
                           enlisting in the Army Air Corps. In the late 
                           1940s, Gilkyson moved to Los Angeles, where 
                           he recorded his song, "Cry Of The Wild Goose." 
                           It became a hit when covered by Laine in 
                           1950. Gilkyson also sang on the Weavers' 1951 
                           folk hit "On Top Of Old Smoky."  

                           With his folk group the Easy Riders (which 
                           included fellow singers Frank Miller and Richard 
                           Dehr), he composed many of his best-known 
                           songs, including "Everybody Loves Saturday 
                           Night," "Marianne" (adapted from a Bahamian 
                           folk melody), "The Sea Is Green," and the song 
                           "Greenfield," which put the Brothers Four at 
                           the top of the charts in 1960.  

                           In the 1960s, Gilkyson wrote songs for various 
                           Walt Disney projects, at one point turning out 
                           a song a week for the TV program The 
                           Wonderful World Of Disney. Gilkyson wrote all 
                           the songs to Disney's 1967 animated feature 
                           The Jungle Book, but his songs were scrapped 
                           in favor of a new score by Disney stalwarts 
                           Richard and Robert Sherman. Only one 
                           Gilkyson song remained in the completed film, 
                           "The Bare Necessities." It proved the movie's 
                           best-loved song, and garnered an Academy 
                           Award nomination that year.  

                           Terry Gilkyson's children Nancy, Eliza and Tony 
                           have all been involved in music, with Eliza a 
                           folksinger and Tony having performed with 
                           such Los Angeles bands as X and Lone 
                           Justice.  

                                                    -- Drew Wheeler

 
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 Born: 1928 in Phoenixville, PA
 
      Hamilton Henry Gilkyson, or "Terry" Gilkyson, as he is known,  
      was born four  miles from Valley Forge, near Philadelphia, 
      Pennsylvania. As a music major in college, and learning to 
      play guitar on a ranch in New Mexico, Terry began writing folk 
      songs. By his early thirties he had authored over fifty songs. 
      Terry loves to sing the popular American folk songs as well... 

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