JOHNNY GREEN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BUNNY (MRS. JOHNNY GREEN) WATERS - HFSID 183266
Sale Price $144.00
JOHNNY GREEN and BUNNY WATERS
Autograph Sentiment signed by the songwriter and his bathing beauty wife
Signatures: "Thank you and God Bless/Bunny Waters/(Mrs. John Green)", "John (Johnny) Green", 5x3 index card. JOHNNY GREEN (1908-1989, born John Waldo Green in New York City) was an Academy Award-winning American composer, songwriter and conductor. Green wrote standards like Out of Nowhere, Rain Rain Go Away, I Cover the Waterfront and Body and Soul, as well as scores for movies, including his Academy-Award Winning scores for Easter Parade (1949), An American in Paris (1954), West Side Story (1962) and Oliver! (1969). Green was accepted into Harvard at age 15. Guy Lombardo heard his Gold Coast Orchestra between semesters and asked Green to create dance arrangements for his orchestra. He wrote his first hit, Coquette, in 1928 for Lombardo. He started out arranging music for dance orchestras, but was commissioned to write works for larger orchestras in 1933 and, finally, was given his own orchestra, called Johnny Green, His Piano and Orchestra. He continued to play piano and to conduct, most notably at MGM, where he was responsible for changing the studio's overall musical sound with Conrad Salinger in the 1940s. Bunny Waters (1916-1992) trained as a competitive swimmer with Johnny Weissmuller, but lost her amateur status when she appeared in the film Bathing Beauty (1944). She married Johnny Green in 1943; they were together until his death. She had many other minor movie roles, often uncredited at the time. She got other opportunities for swim scenes, as in Esther Williams' Dangerous When Wet (1953). Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show-through). Fine condition.
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