Joan Whitney Kramer

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Joan Whitney Kramer (June 26, 1914 – July 12, 1990) was an American singer and songwriter.

Early years[edit]

Kramer was born Zoe Parenteau in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] Her early music training came while singing in the choir in her church.[2] She attended Finch College in New York City.


In 1934, while playing a showgirl in The Great Waltz on Broadway, she took the stage name Joan Whitney.[1] She studied voice under Alex Kramer, who later collaborated with her on a number of songs including "Candy", Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens, and "Far Away Places". Kramer and Whitney married and had a son, Doren, while living in Forest Hills, New York.


Joan Whitney died on July 12, 1990 in Westport, Connecticut, aged 76, from Alzheimer's disease.[citation needed]

Songs written[edit]

with Alex Kramer[edit]

  • "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens" (1946)
  • "Behave Yourself"
  • "Comme Ci Comme Ca" -English lyrics by- Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer -music by- Bruno Coquatrix (1949)
  • "Deep as the River" (recorded by Harry Belafonte in 1949)
  • "Far Away Places" (1948)
  • "High on a Windy Hill" (1940)
  • "I Only Saw Him (You) Once" (1947)
  • "Love Somebody" (1947)
  • "Money Is the Root of All Evil (Take It Away Take It Away Take It Away)" (1945)
  • "No Man Is an Island"
  • "That's The Way It Is" (1945)
  • "Why Is It?" (1940)

with Mack David and Alex Kramer[edit]

with Hy Zaret and Alex Kramer[edit]

  • "I'm Not Afraid" (1952)
  • "It All Comes Back To Me Now" (1940)
  • "Got A Letter From My Kid Today" (1940)
  • "My Sister and I" (1941)
  • "So You're The One" (1940)
  • "The Doll With A Sawdust Heart" (1951)
  • "To Be Loved By You" (1952)
  • "You'll Never Get Away" (1952)[3]
  • "Christmas Roses" (1952)[4]


  1. ^ a b Clay, Leslie (2013). Sisters In Song; Women Hymn Writers. Compass Flower Press. ISBN 9781936688760. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Can You Tell a Comer? Listen for These!". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. Iowa, Mason City. The Mason City Globe-Gazette. July 6, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "You'll never get away [music] / words and music by Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer and Hy Zaret. - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  4. ^ Variety (1952). Variety (December 1952). Media History Digital Library. New York, NY: Variety Publishing Company.

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