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JOSEPHINE BAKER - SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 02/28/1973 CO-SIGNED BY: EUBIE BLAKE - HFSID 287132

JOSEPHINE BAKER and EUBIE BLAKE Sheet music for "I'm Just Wild About Harry," signed in 1973 by Blake (who wrote it) and Baker (who sang it). Signed on the front cover, with a photo of Harry Truman celebrating his Presidential Election victory of 1948. The song had become an anthem of the Truman campaign.

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JOSEPHINE BAKER and EUBIE BLAKE Sheet music for "I'm Just Wild About Harry," signed in 1973 by Blake (who wrote it) and Baker (who sang it). Signed on the front cover, with a photo of Harry Truman celebrating his Presidential Election victory of 1948. The song had become an anthem of the Truman campaign. A great association! Sheet Music signed: "Eubie Blake/Feb. 28th 1973, Good Song", "Josephine Baker", 6 pages, 9x12. Sheet music for "I'm Just Wild About Harry," from Shuffle Along (1921) by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. Souvenir edition. Signed on front cover, above a printed photo of Harry Truman celebrating his re-election in 1948. The son of slaves, EUBIE BLAKE (1883-1983, born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland) met musician Noble Sissle in 1915. Together they helped create the Broadway show Shuffle Along, whose cast included Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson. Many of Blake's most famous songs came from Shuffle Along, including "I'm Just Wild about Harry" and "Love Will Find a Way". Performing at concerts until he was 99, Blake died five days after his 100th birthday. A regular performer at the Cotton Club, the Plantation Club and other New York nightclubs in the 1920s, JOSEPHINE BAKER (1906-1975) took Paris by storm when she appeared in La revue Negre in 1925. Known for her flamboyant and elegant costumes as well as for her dancing and vocalizing, Baker became a French citizen in 1937, returning only periodically to the U.S., where she became involved in the Civil Rights movement. In 1954, she returned to France to care for her "Rainbow Tribe", orphaned children of several races that she had taken in while on her tours in the U.S. and abroad. This song was used during President Truman's successful upset victory over Republican Thomas E. Dewey in 1948. The song is now associated with Truman, but has a long and rich history, as shown here. In an era when there were insufficient votes in Congress to pass civil rights legislation, Truman did what he could by executive order, most notably desegregating the US armed forces. "Dixiecrats" had refused to support Truman's re-election, voting instead for South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond. Blake and Baker were no doubt aware of this record when they signed this souvenir edition. A great association! Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.

 

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