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JACK NORWORTH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/07/1943 - HFSID 287891

Chatty letter to his friend, comedian Joe Laurie, Jr., describing his travels through "dry" states where he can't get any Scotch. Many show business references! Autograph Letter signed in pencil: "Jake", 6 pages, 5½x8½. Wichita Falls, Texas, 1943 March 7.

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JACK NORWORTH
Chatty letter to his friend, comedian Joe Laurie, Jr., describing his travels through "dry" states where he can't get any Scotch. Many show business references!
Autograph Letter signed in pencil: "Jake", 6 pages, 5½x8½. Wichita Falls, Texas, 1943 March 7. To Joe Laurie, Jr., New York, N. Y. In full: "Your greetings came in time thank you - and bless you for the sharpeners. They are swell. I think I'll use one right now. What do you mean I don't send in my route. Margie has it to March 10th and I'm sending in to April 10th today. That is all I have & why I must know the rest and the closing date. So I hope you have luck. I am so glad about Harvey & his long run - good for him. Where did you read about our 100 show? The columns are swell. Send some more when you can. I am sorry about the Xmas Variety but I understand. Yesterday I phoned Henry Rayman and told him we were in dry territory and wanted to celebrate M's birthday & our anniversary. I asked him to get some Scotch to me somehow. He called up Bill Farnsworth at Fort Worth. I got on the train at Gainesville, Tex., singing all the way & my mouth drooling. When I got to Wichita Falls there's a wire from Farnsworth saying he can't get it over to me. And I thought that newspaper men were so resourceful - Damn it. Tell Hilly to send me copies of his songs or else stick one. I did promise Jim Walsh a record but he moved from Tennessee & I lost his address. I didn't forget him. He is a nice man from his letters. You kill me. You won't to Hospitals where you might do a guy some good, only funerals to get your name in the papers as among those present. Love & kisses."Accompanied by original transmittal envelope with pencil notes on verso (unknown hand). Jack Norworth (1879-1959) was a vaudeville performer, singer and lyricist. His best remembered song is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (music by Albert von Tilzer), written by Norworth as he rode a New York subway car and saw a sign for a Giants game at the Polo Grounds. He sang the song on stage with his first wife, Nora Bayard, in 1908. The tradition of singing it during the "seventh inning stretch" is only traceable back to 1934.) (Neither Norworth nor von Tilzer actually saw a Major League game until many years later). Norworth also wrote "Shine on Harvest Moon," an even bigger hit when first released, and many Tin Pan Alley favorites. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970). Joe Laurie, Jr. (1892-1954) was a popular vaudeville monologue comedian and a regular on the long-running radio comedy show Can You Top This?, beginning in 1940. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned around edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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