J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 226388
J. FRED COOTS B/w publicity photo of Coots from the chest up, wearing a pinstriped suit-and-tie and smoking a cigarette, signed "Sincerely" in blue ink Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Ken Crouch/Sincerely/J Fred Coots" in blue ink. Vintage b/w, 8x10 overall, 7¼x9¼ image, one surface.
Sale Price $595.00
J. FRED COOTS
B/w publicity photo of Coots from the chest up, wearing a pinstriped suit-and-tie and smoking a cigarette, signed "Sincerely" in blue ink
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Ken Crouch/Sincerely/J Fred Coots" in blue ink. Vintage b/w, 8x10 overall, 7¼x9¼ image, one surface. 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. Lightly creased and bowed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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