LOTTE LENYA - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/27/1955 - HFSID 281397
LOTTE LENYA She signs a 1955 agreement with Columbia Records to attend Louis Armstrong's recording of "Mack the Knife," signing as Lotte Lenya Weill-Davis. Document signed: "Lotte Lenya Weill-Davis", 5 pages, 8½x11. New York, N.Y. 1955 September 27.
Sale Price $531.25
LOTTE LENYA She signs a 1955 agreement with Columbia Records to attend Louis Armstrong's recording of "Mack the Knife," signing as Lotte Lenya Weill-Davis. Document signed: "Lotte Lenya Weill-Davis", 5 pages, 8½x11. New York, N.Y. 1955 September 27. In exchange for royalty payments at the standard union scale, she commits to render her services at the Columbia Records studio on September 28, to record the song "Mack the Knive," and agrees not to perform this song for any other company for 5 years from that date. She further agrees that all rights to the recording shall belong to Columbia Records. Detailed provisions specify the formula for royalty payments from this recording. In the letter's address segment, she has corrected Columbia's rendering of her name to Caroline Weill-Davis. The singer and actress known professionally as Lotte Lenya (1898-1981) achieved her breakthrough role as Jenny in the Berlin premier of The Threepenny Opera (1928), written by Kurt Weill in collaboration with Berthold Brecht. She was married to Weill from 1926 to 1933, and again from 1937 until his death in 1950. Her second husband was American editor George Davis, hence her compound spelling of her last name. Lenya (and Weill) fled Germany in 1933, and both found new success in America. She reprised her role as Jenny in the first New York presentation of The Threepenny Opera (1956), the only time an off-Broadway performance has received a Tony. Later she originated the role of Fraulein Schneider in the original Broadway performance of Cabaret (1966). Meanwhile she had reached a new audience of film-goers, portraying Bond villain Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love (1963). Lenya did not perform musically on Armstrong's recording of "Mack the Knife." She was merely present as an advisor. However, Armstrong improvised her name into the lyrics, singing, "Look out for Miss Lotte Lenya," a line Bobby Darin repeated on his hit version of the song. Staple holes at upper left corner. 2 file holes at upper center margin. Lightly creased and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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