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BEN POLLACK - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1940 CO-SIGNED BY: BENNY DAVIS, PETE LOFTHOUSE, BILL WOOD, HUGH HUDGINGS, DON OWENS - HFSID 225970

A round sheet adorned with musical notes signed by band leader Ben Pollack and his performing band members, including vaudevillian Benny Davis, clarinetist Bill Wood, and trombonist Pete Lofthouse. Extremely rare!

Sale Price $255.00

Reg. $300.00

Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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BEN POLLACK and his BAND
A round sheet adorned with musical notes signed by band leader Ben Pollack and his performing band members, including vaudevillian Benny Davis, clarinetist Bill Wood, and trombonist Pete Lofthouse. Extremely rare!
Signature: "Ben Pollack", "Pete Lofthouse", "Graham Stevenson", "Don Owens", "Bill Wood", "Hugh Hudgings", "Benny Davis", 10½ diameter. These signatures merit further research: "Bid Lescoules", "Johnnie Kip", "Bob Clark", "Ralph Grizzle", "Carroll Thompson". All musicians signing are presumed under Pollack's direction for this event. Bandleader BEN POLLACK (1903-1971) was at the height of his popularity through the 1920's swing era, discovering or employing musicians such as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller, and Harry James. A self-taught drummer, Pollack and his band played throughout the Chicago and New York area, and recorded a large number of records for several dime-store labels, though many of these recordings are now improperly listed under Irving Mills, who was a band arranger for Pollack. However, after the stock market crash of 1929, it was hard to find work in the music business, and Pollack's career slowly went downhill. After several unsuccessful tours and recordings, almost of all his bandmates left him, and Pollack's career only saw a few successes in the years following. Frustrated and hopeless, Pollack hung himself in 1971. BENNY DAVIS (1893-1979) was a vaudeville performer from age 14, touring with Blosson Seeley, Benny Fields and others. His real talent was song writing, however. Collaborating with Harry Akst, Fred Coots and several others, he wrote or co-wrote enough popular hits to merit enshrinement in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among his additions to the American pop repertoire were "Margie", "Carolina Moon", and "Baby Face" (his biggest hit, 1926). He wrote the score for the Broadway shows Artists and Models (1926) and Sons o' Guns (1929), and contributed to three Cotton Club revues. Although Davis has been dead for nearly a quarter of a century, his tunes can be heard on the soundtracks of many recent films. For this event, Pete Lofthouse was on trombone, Graham Stevenson was on drums, Don Owens was on piano, and Bill Wood was on clarinet. Toned. Irregular edge. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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