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JOHNNY DAVIS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 19497

JOHNNY DAVIS. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harold/Best to you/Always/Johnny 'Scat' Davis". B/w, 7x7½ affixed to 7½x10½ sheet. Trumpeter, scat singer and comedian

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JOHNNY DAVIS. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Harold/Best to you/Always/Johnny 'Scat' Davis". B/w, 7x7½ affixed to 7½x10½ sheet. Trumpeter, scat singer and comedian Johnny "Scat" Davis is probably best recalled for his acting and singing career, but his band, the Johnny "Scat" Davis Orchestra, toured widely and was quite popular. His nickname "Scat" came about due to his proclivity to extend and improvise the vocal phrases of any tune he would sing. Possibly his best 'gig' was as trumpet player in the Benny Goodman Orchestra. He appeared in 15 films beginning in 1937's Varsity Show and ending with 1944's Knickerbocker Holiday. In 1937, Johnny Mercer helped write the music for the film Hollywood Hotel, and his song, "Hooray for Hollywood," was sung by Johnny "Scat" Davis, whose lively rendition went a long ways to making the tune a big hit of the day. Horizontal fold touches some writing. Overall, fine condition.
 

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