JOHN RAITT - INSCRIBED ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: PEARL BAILEY - HFSID 298358
Sale Price $288.00
JOHN RAITT and PEARL BAILEYOriginal portrait of Bailey, drawn by John Raitt, signed by both! Original Art inscribed and signed: "Love to John/Pearl Bailey", 5½x8½. Pencil drawing also signed by the artist "Raitt". Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), a jazz singer and Broadway star, made her Broadway debut in 1946, in the musical St. Louis Woman; her performance resulted in an award for most promising newcomer. She won a special Tony Award in 1968. She appeared in numerous films, including Carmen Jones, St. Louis Blues, and Porgy and Bess. She is perhaps best known for her sultry jazz renditions, having both started and ended her career in nightclubs. Her early days were spent singing in cafes, theaters, and nightclubs in the Northeast, with an occasional stint as a singer with a big band, such as Count Basie's orchestra. In the 1960s, she returned to nightclub singing, and appeared frequently on television; one of her most notable appearances was on the 1966 special Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey on Broadway. Bailey was named to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations in 1976, and awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1988. While in college in the 1930s, JOHN RAITT began drawing portraits of famous people. He sent his artwork to each subject with a request that it be autographed and returned to him. Two horizontal folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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