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Terry Gilkyson

voc, 1916-1999 US, Pennsylvania
Singer / Composer of Folk and World
A.k.a. Hamilton Henry Gilkyson III

Born: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 17 June 1916 Died: Austin, Texas 15 October 1999 "Terry" Gilkyson, singer and songwriter, wrote several of the biggest hit records of the early 1950s. His "Memories are Made of This" became both a number one song for Dean Martin in 1956 and a clever catchphrase for the nostalgia boom. He recorded two albums of folk songs, The Solitary Singer, volumes 1 and 2, in 1950 and 1951, but had his first hit record in 1951 when he joined The Weavers, with "On Top of Old Smokey". With his songwriting friends Rick Dehr and Frank Miller, Gilkyson had formed a folk group, Terry Gilkyson And The Easy Riders. They released the album "Golden Minutes of Folk Music" in 1953. In 1958 the Easy Riders scored the film Windjammer, and then in the 1960s, Gilkyson wrote music for the long-running television series The Wonderful World of Disney. In 1967 Gilkyson wrote the song "The Bare Necessities" for the Walt Disney cartoon The Jungle Book, in 1970 he contributed to the score of The Aristocats. His daughter Eliza Gilkyson is a singer-songwriter. His son Tony Gilkyson has played with both X (5) and Lone Justice.

  • Folk
  • World
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
  • Children's Music
Popular Tracks   
Brothers All - Demo on The Jungle Book by Various Artists
The Song Of The Seeonee - Demo on The Jungle Book by Various Artists
Marianne - Single Version on 16 Most Requested Songs Of The 1950s. Volume Two by Various Artists
Samson, Mighty Samson on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson
The Bare Necessities on Aurora by Olga Vocal Ensemble
Shine Little Children on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson
David and Goliath on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson
Joseph, the Dreamer on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson
Moses, Little Moses on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson
Dan, Dan, Daniel on 8 Bible Stories by Terry Gilkyson

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
A Golden Treasury Of Songs About HeroesThe Sandpipers, Terry Gilkyson, Win Stracke, Michael Stewart, Mitch Miller & His Orchestra1959Album
Bible SongsMitch Miller, Terry Gilkyson, Betty Mulliner, Norma Zimmer1959Album
MarianneTerry Gilkyson1957Single
Golden Minutes Of Folk MusicTerry Gilkyson1953Album
Fond Affection / The Man You Don't Meet Ev'ry DayTerry Gilkyson1952Single
Fast Freight / Hoofbeat SerenadeTerry Gilkyson1951Single
On Top Of Old SmokyThe Weavers And Terry Gilkyson1951Single
Stay Awhile / Rollin' StoneTerry Gilkyson1951Album
Folk Songs By The Solitary SingerTerry Gilkyson1950Album
The Solitary Singer; Singing His Own SongsTerry Gilkyson1950Album
On Top Of Old Smoky / Goodnight IreneThe Weavers With Terry Gilkyson And "On Top Of Old Smoky" Chorus With Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra1950Single
The Cry Of The Wild Goose / Oh Brandy Leave Me AloneTerry Gilkyson1949Album
A Touch Of CalypsoTerry GilkysonSingle
Verte CampagneTerry GilkysonSingle
Exciting Stories From The BibleTerry GilkysonAlbum
Tem Que Ter MulataTerry Gilkyson, Richard DehrSingle
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