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J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH POEM SIGNED - HFSID 343767

J. FRED COOTS The highly acclaimed songwriter signs this handwritten poem that he wrote about an admirer named Jane Autograph poem signed: "J. Fred Coots" in black ink. 8½x11. Poem entitled Poem, in full:

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J. FRED COOTS
The highly acclaimed songwriter signs this handwritten poem that he wrote about an admirer named Jane
Autograph poem signed: "J. Fred Coots" in black ink. 8½x11. Poem entitled Poem, in full:

"Poem
I just made a new friend,
her name is Jane
It is one of a thousand things that
brought me fame
At 86, I have nothing more to gain
Except a note now and then from people
like Jane
Sincerely
J. Fred Coots
".

In 1934, Coots (1897-1985) 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. Lightly toned and creased. Corners rounded.

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