JOHNNY GREEN - SHOW BILL SIGNED CIRCA 1940 - HFSID 322037
JOHNNY GREEN The Tin Pan Alley composer signs the showbill for a Hartford production of the musical Hi Ya, Gentlemen. Show Bill signed: "Sincerely/Johnny Green", 2 pages, 6½x9¼ affixed to a 9x12 sheet.
Sale Price $153.00
The Tin Pan Alley composer signs the showbill for a Hartford production of the musical Hi Ya, Gentlemen.
Show Bill signed: "Sincerely/Johnny Green", 2 pages, 6½x9¼ affixed to a 9x12 sheet. Showbill for a performance of Hi Ya, Gentlemen, at Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, November 29-30, 1940. Johnny Green (1908-1989) 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 the most recorded jazz classic ever: "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. After leaving college, he got a job as a stockbroker, but he didn't take to it and left to pursue a musical career. 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 muiscal sound with Conrad Salinger in the 1940s. Hi Ya, Gentlement, did not make it to Broadway, but one of Green's songs from that production, "I'll Take the High Note", was added to the hit musical Show Time (1942-1943). Very heavily toned. Adhesive stain on top margin. Pin hole on top marin. Corners lightly worn. Light surface creases. Ink notes (unknown hand) on top right corner of sheet. Small tear on bottom margin of sheet. Showbill slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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