J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL MANUSCRIPT SIGNED CIRCA 1964 - HFSID 178093
J. FRED COOTS Coots handwrote and signed this 32-bar chorus to the song On My Birthday in pencil. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Autograph musical manuscript signed "by/J. Fred Coots/ASCAP" in pencil. 1 page, 9¼x12¼, written on musical score paper. Titled: "On My Birthday".
Sale Price $1,275.00
J. FRED COOTS
Coots handwrote and signed this 32-bar chorus to the song On My Birthday in pencil. Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Autograph musical manuscript signed "by/J. Fred Coots/ASCAP" in pencil. 1 page, 9¼x12¼, written on musical score paper. Titled: "On My Birthday". 32 bars (8 lines total) of music with lyrics. Chorus to On My Birthday, to be sung "Brightly". Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope to Billy Glason of New York City, postmarked Grand Central Station, New York, New York, May 1, 1964. In 1934, Coots (1897-1985, born in New York City) wrote the music and Haven Gillespie wrote the lyrics to Santa Claus is Coming To Town for Eddie Cantor to sing on his radio show. The song was an instant success, selling four million copies of sheet music and later inspiring an animated special featuring the voice of Fred Astaire. In 1998, Coots' holiday classic was ranked second on ASCAP's "Top 25 Holiday Season Songs", and the tune has been featured in numerous films. The prolific Coots wrote over 700 other songs during his career, including music for Broadway shows, Cotton Club revues (with lyricist Benny Davis) and Hollywood films. He had a hit in 1938 with You Go to My Head (also with Gillespie). The songwriter and vaudeville and nightclub performer was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. Manuscript is lightly toned and creased. Sheet has been neatly torn from a pad or book on left edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Worn along folds. Envelope is soiled and creased. Right edge is stained. Neatly torn open at top. Otherwise in fine condition.
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