MACK GORDON - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1939 - HFSID 22397
Sale Price $162.00
Signature given in 1939, the year before he began his run of 9 Oscar song nominations in 11 years
Signature: "Mack Gordon", 5x4½. Dated by an unknown hand: "8-6-39". Lyricist Mack Gordon (1904-1959, born Morris Gittler in Warsaw, then part of Russia) was a vaudeville performer beginning in the late 1920s, but found his true talent as a songwriter. The year after he signed this sheet, he began a remarkable string of 9 Oscar nominations for Best Song in a period of 11 years (1940-1950). He won in 1943 for "You'll Never Know," sung by Alice Faye in Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943) and again the following year in Four Jills and a Jeep. The song has been covered by many singers, including Gordon's friend Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney. It was the first song Barbara Streisand ever recorded (1955). Other well known songs written by Gordon, who often teamed with composer Harry Warren, include "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and "At Last" (a Grammy Hall of Fame selection as sung by Etta James). Gordon, who contributed to the scores of over 100 films, plus a few theater and television numbers, was enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Irregulalry cut edges. Bottom right corner creased. Ink note (unknown hand) at bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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