Barcelona , 18 de novembre de 1989
Based in Barcelona, he composed popular songs and dances during the second third of the 20th century, with special relevance during the 1940s. His wife, Mercedes Belenguer, collaborated as his lyricist. They signed many of the works under the names of J. Lito and M. Godoy, respectively.
Some of the most celebrated songs include Mi casita de papel, Yo quiero un TBO and Amor que viene cantando, popularized by renowned vocalists of the time such as Pepe Blanco, Jorge Sepúlveda and Carmen Morell. The couple's production included pieces in different dance styles: tangos, foxtrots, pasodobles and boleros.
Francisco Codoñer is also the author of stage music premiered in Barcelona: the revue Luz en las sombras (1925) at Gran Teatre del Bosc; the lyrical fantasia Me debes un beso (1954) at Teatre Apol·lo and the revue Dos amores vienen cantando (1955) at Teatre Poliorama.