GEORGE M. COHAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 86101
Sale Price $450.00
GEORGE M. COHAN
George M. Cohan sends an autograph letter about a friend resigning from a production.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo. M.," 1p, 8½x7. New York, Friday (no date). On the blue and gold business stationery of theactor-dancer-author-composer of the Broadway stageand screen. In full: "My dear Captain -- Bert just told me that you resigned from the Rats. I assure you old pal there is no move you make in which I am not interested greatly and there is nothing you've one that has pleased me quite as much as this for I have always felt that you have been wasting your time on work of this kind. I trust you will breathe easy from now on." George M. Cohan (1878-1942) began his career as a child in Vaudeville as part of The Four Cohans. By the time he was a teen, his original skits and songs were being published and sold. In 1904, Little Johnny Jones which introduced "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "The Yankee Doodle Boy" was his first Broadway hit. Cohan wrote the book, music and lyrics for 20 musicals and was one of the leading Tin Pan Alley songwriters, publishing upwards of 1500 original songs. His shows include Forty-five Minutes from Broadway, Hello, Broadway and The Song and Dance Man. His autobiography was published in 1925 -Twenty Years on Broadway and the Years It Took to Get There. Cohan songs include "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "Over There" and "You're a Grand Old Flag". The Broadway show about him was George M, the way he signed this letter. Chipped at top left and top right edges, slight browning at central vertical fold, else fine.
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