IRVING BERLIN - SHEET MUSIC SIGNED - HFSID 152508
Sale Price $1,020.00
The composer and lyricist signs sheet music for his song, "What'll I Do", which was the theme song of the 1924 film, What Shall I Do?.
Sheet Music signed: "Irving Berlin" on front cover, 6p, 9¼x12. Sheet music "What'll I Do", words and music by Irving Berlin. The song was the theme song for Frank Woods' 1924 film, What Shall I Do?, which starred Dorothy Mackaill, who is pictured on the front cover. It is also noted on the cover that this was the "featured song - in the NEW MUSIC BOX REVUE". ©1923, Irving Berlin, Inc., New York. Irving Berlin (1888-1989), born Israel Isidore Baline in Tumen, Siberia, Russia, was such a force in American music that in 1924, when Berlin was just 37, songwriter Jerome Kern gave this assessment: "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music." If the only song he ever wrote was "God Bless America", made famous by Kate Smith, Berlin would be an important part of American music. But Berlin wrote more than 900 songs, including the classics "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Always", "Easter Parade" and "Blue Skies", 19 musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam, and the scores of 18 movies, including Holiday Inn, which featured his 1942 Academy Award-winning song, "White Christmas". Lightly creased. Worn and chipped at edges, ¾-inch separation at lower left margin of front cover at mid-vertical fold. Block of four 3-cent Lincoln stamps affixed at mid-left background. Inside pages are slightly yellowed. Stray ink smudges on back cover. Overall, fine condition.
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