I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo

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composition date
1942
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Mack Gordon
Harry Warren
related performer(s)
Glenn Miller

An angle that worked

Harry Warren: "I had a dum-dum-dum-dum rhythm going in my head, which was why Johnny Mack [Mack Gordon] and I decided to spell out the name. And I had been in Kalamazoo when I was very young and had carved my name on the wall of the railroad station there. I guess maybe that was the basis for the lyric. It wasn’t the first song to spell out its title, but it was an angle that worked."

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