AL DONAHUE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 67397
Sale Price $72.00
Al Donahue signs an album leaf with an autograph note about his years in show business.
Autograph Note Signed: "Al Donahue", 9½x4 album leaf. In full: "After all the years that I have/been in show business I should start/learning about poise and showmanship-/and-beauty-lights- but from within./And I enjoyed my lesson-so much-" Al Donahue (1904-1983) was a violinist and big band leader who honed his craft playing on Eastern Steamship Line ships before organizing his first big band in 1925. They toured the United States numerous times during the 1930s, with singers like Lynne Stevens, Paula Kelly, Phil Brito, Snooky Lanson and Dee Keating, but by the 1940s started to move from swing to more high-brow music. The band continued touring into the 1950s and even tried their hand at TV, unsuccessfully, before Donahue left and became musical director for the Furness Bermuda Line of ocean liners. He also opened a music store in Bermuda with fellow bandleader Frank Walsh, which was bought by the Bermudan government. They used the money from that purchase to buy Ponzi's House of Music in Oceanside, California, which closed in the 1970s. Ink notes on verso light show through. Jagged at right edge from removal from bound book. Ink date unknown hand at upper right. Otherwise, fine condition.
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