LENNIE HAYTON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 287476
Sale Price $488.75
LENNIE HAYTONRare signed photo of a youthful Hayton, inscribed to Mischa, "may our friendship last forever" Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my good friend - Mischa/May our friendship last forever/Lennie 'Shranny' [?] Hayton". B/w, 8x10. Leonard George "Lennie" Hayton (1908-1971), originally a jazz pianist with Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman and others, composed "Apple Blossoms" and other popular songs. He arranged music for Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra, among others. Hayton was music director at MGM (1940-1953), the era of the studios great musicals, and he won Oscars for On the Town (1950) and Hello, Dolly (1969). Hayton met singer/actress Lena Horne on the set of Stormy Weather (1943), and they were wed secretly in France in 1947. After their marriage was made public in Life magazine (1950), the interracial couple received death threats and other hate mail, forcing Hayton to buy a shotgun and build a wall around their home. The nickname Hayton has inserted here is a mystery. Current sources don't identify him with any nickname close to this one. Perhaps it was a private joke between Hayton and his friend Mischa. Vertical fold crease 2" from right edge - not affecting signature.
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