HENRY HALL - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: NONI, ROBERT "BOB" MELLIN - HFSID 142888
Sale Price $162.00
HENRY HALL, CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT MELLIN, NONI
This album sheet includes signatures of the three musical and stage performing talents as well as photographs of Hall and Noni
Signatures: "Henry Hall", "Bob Mellin", and on verso: "Best of luck/Noni & Nita/1941" all in black ink. Two other unidentified signers. 6½x5¼. HENRY HALL (1898-1989) is best remembered for the five-year period in the 1930s when he directed the BBC Dance Orchestra and was the most popular radio star in Britain, but that was only part of his successful career as bandleader, composer, arranger, impresario and broadcaster. The band increased size over the years until in March 1936 there were 27 instrumentalists and vocalists. The BBC Band was at its glorious best between 1935 and 1937, when the band had a big sound. Over the years, many of the great American songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Harry Revel and Mack Gordon, appeared with the band on the air. On September 25, 1937, The BBC Dance Orchestra directed by Henry Hall made its farewell broadcast but was back on air on September 30th as Henry Hall and his Dance Orchestra. The band went on tour to an enormous reception. Hall's signature songs include "Here's To The Next Time", along with "Come Ye Back To Bonnie Scotland" and "It's Just The Time For Dancing". ROBERT MELLIN (1902-1994) was an English songwriter and music publisher. Robert began his career in the music business as a song-plugger for Remick Music in Chicago, later moving to New York to become an executive at Broadcast Music Inc. shortly after it was formed in 1940. In 1947 he launched his own company Robert Mellin Inc. which operated in both America and Europe. He wrote the music or lyrics for several hit songs in the 1950s and 1960s. From the late 1950s onward he ran his own music publishing company. Mellin wrote the theme music for the TV series The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and Don Quijote, probably his best known work. He continued to write music for television and movies and to have his works included in films, such as The Lawrence Welk Show (1975), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), and There's Something About Mary (1998), up to and after his death. NONI, "the musical clown", was a music hall star from the 1920's to the 1940's. He usually performed in a duo, "Noni and Horace," with Horace dressed in tux and Noni in his clown costume. Both were musically talented; Noni usually played piano and Horace the violin, but they could handle other instruments, including accordions. In 1928, they starred in a Royal Command Performance for King George V and Queen Mary. The Queen sent him flowers, after hearing him say on stage that nobody ever did. He can be seen from film of the London show La-di-da-di-da (1942-1943), playing the piano while another clown cartwheels across the stage. Before developing his clown act, Noni performed with the Perizoff acrobatic troupe, known for catching a turnip thrown from the audience on a fork held in his mouth. Toned. Lightly creased. Left edge frayed. Signatures affixed to larger sheet which includes photos of Henry Hall and Noni (on verso). Otherwise, fine condition.
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