EUGENE EDWARD "GENE" BUCK - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/06/1934 - HFSID 189956
GENE BUCK Prolific American songwriter who hosted America's greatest concert of popular music. Typed Letter signed: "Gene Buck", 1p, 8½x11. New York City, 1934 March 8.
Sale Price $198.00
Prolific American songwriter who hosted America's greatest concert of popular music.
Typed Letter signed: "Gene Buck", 1p, 8½x11. New York City, 1934 March 8. On letterhead of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Gene Buck, President, to James Francis Cooke, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In full: "Enclosed herewith is copy of your Agreement with the Society and also your Membership Card for the current year. With all good wishes to you, Sincerely yours". Pencil notation (unknown hand) in upper right. Eugene Buck (1885-1957) was librettist and producer of the Ziegfeld Follies (1914-1926). He was the longtime president of ASCAP (1924-1941), the main goal of which was to secure royalties for songwriters from live performances as well as from sheet music. In 1940, with Europe at war and American participation seeming only a matter of time, ASCAP under Buck's leadership organized a Cavalcade of Music to conclude the Golden Gate International Exhibition in San Francisco. The event consisted of two reviews of American music: one classical, the other popular. W.C. Handy called the Cavalcade "a program that was never before nor can ever again be duplicated this side of Kingdom Come." Buck hosted the event, which included live performances by Handy, George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer and many more, concluding with Irving Berlin leading the audience in "God Bless America." Staple holes along left edge. Slightly creased. Pinhead sized spot in blank lower right. Overall, fine condition.
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