DUKE ELLINGTON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: REG VARNEY - HFSID 159323
Sale Price $198.00
DUKE ELLINGTON and REG VARNEY
Both sign for a fan on opposite sides of an album leaf
Autograph Note Signed: "to Brenda/good luck/Duke Ellington", 4¼x3 album leaf. And on verso: "Best Wishes/Brenda/Reg. Varney". Edward "Duke"ELLINGTON (1899-1974) employed the influences of blues, jazz, bop and ragtime to become one of the greatest African-American composers of the 20th century. He composed over 6,000 works, including "Mood Indigo" (1930), "Sophisticated Lady" (1933), "Ko-Ko" (1940), "Take the 'A' Train" (1941), "Beggar's Holiday" (1946) and the theme from Paris Blues (1960). His many honors included the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969). In 2009, Ellington became the first African-American to appear along on a circulating US coin (the "tails" side of the District of Columbia quarter). ReginaldVARNEY (1916-2008) was well known to British television viewers as Stan the bus driver on the sitcom On the Buses (1969-1973, and three spin-off movies). He appeared in other sitcoms and had six 1-hour TV specials. He appeared in a few feature films, cast as a drag artist at a caravan camping resort in The Best Pair of Legs in the Business. Lightly ragged on right edge from removal from book. Ink name (unknown hand) upper left corner. Fine condition.
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