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CHUCK BERRY - PROGRAM SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CY COLEMAN, IRVING CAESAR, MERCER ELLINGTON, L. RUSSELL BROWN - HFSID 286589

SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME: CHUCK BERRY, CY COLEMAN, IRVING CAESAR, MERCER ELLINGTON and L. RUSSELL BROWN All five signed this program from the 1981 Awards Dinner of the National Academy of

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME: CHUCK BERRY, CY COLEMAN, IRVING CAESAR, MERCER ELLINGTON and L. RUSSELL BROWN All five signed this program from the 1981 Awards Dinner of the National Academy of Popular Music Program signed: "Chuck/Berry/drawn smiley face]", "Cy Coleman", "Irving/Caesar", "Mercer Ellington" and "L Russell Brown",  8x9½, 4 pages. Program, "They're Playing Our Songs," the 1981 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Dinner of the National Academy of Popular Music, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York), March 9, 1981. CHUCK BERRY (1926-2017) is credited with writing the songs and creating the instrumentals that shaped rock and roll - and for setting the standard for live stage performances. Known for such hits as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode" and "Rock and Roll Music". Berry was a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). Rolling Stone places him #5 on its list of all-time great rockers. IRVING CAESAR (1895-1996) wrote over 100 songs, including "Tea for Two", "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Swanee" (with Gershwin), "Crazy Rhythm", "Imagination" and "Animal Crackers in My Soup" and the Broadway musical No No Nanette. He collaborated on songs and shows with George Gershwin, Vincent Youmas, George M. Cohan and many others, and wrote several of Al Jolson's songs. Broadway songwriter CY COLEMAN collaborated with Carolyn Leigh on the music for Witchcraft and Little Me, with Dorothy Field on Sweet Charity, and with Betty Comden and Adolf Green for On the Twentieth Century. He won Tonys for Best Score in the same year the shows (City of Angels and The Will Rogers Follies) won for Best Musical. Coleman also composed "Playboy's Theme" for Hugh Hefner. MERCER ELLINGTON (1919-1996), the son of bandleader/composer Duke Ellington, led his own band in the 1940s, a unit which included such greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Mingus. He composed the pop standards "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and "Pass Me By," and was orchestra conductor of the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, based on his father's compositions. L. RUSSELL BROWN (b. 1940) has written only one big hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," but that song, first performed by Tony Orlando and Dawn in 1973, has become one of the most familiar American tunes, and a cultural symbol of fidelity to a distant loved one, or any American in harms way. It has been reprised in many films, including An Officer and a Gentleman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Another familiar Brown composition, also penned for Tony Orlando, is "Knock Three Times." Berry, Caesar and Coleman are themselves enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lightly toned around edges. Fine condition.

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