Rensselaer in Jasper County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James Frederick Hanley
Born February 17, 1892 in Rensselaer; became part of New York Tin Pan Alley music scene. Wrote for Broadway musicals such hits as "Second Hand Rose" (Grant Clarke, lyrics) for Fanny Brice (1921 Ziegfeld Follies) and "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (1934), popularized by Judy Garland 1938. Wrote scores for many Hollywood musicals in early 1930s.
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"(Back Home Again in) Indiana," by Hanley and Ballard MacDonald (lyrics), was hit in 1917, 1920s jazz classic recorded by Louis Armstrong, and a 1930s swing tune by Benny Goodman. Song has remained popular and has been performed at every Indianapolis 500 since 1946. Hanley died February 8, 1942 in New York; buried there in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Erected 2008 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Jasper County Historical Society. (Marker Number 37.2008.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 40° 56.118′ N, 87° 9.179′ W. Marker is in Rensselaer, Indiana, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (U.S. 231) and Front Street Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rensselaer IN 47978, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Cabin in Rensselaer (within shouting distance of this marker); Jasper County Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Robert H. Milroy (about 600 feet away); James Van Rensselaer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rensselaer Power Plant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jasper County World War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rensselaer.
Also see . . .
1. James F. Hanley. (Submitted on February 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James F. Hanley. (Submitted on February 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,058 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.