RAYMOND SCOTT - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 201872
Sale Price $216.00
Captioned 5x7 publicity photo for his new orchestra, inscribed and signed
Photograph inscribed and signed: "For/Eleanor/from Raymond Scott". B/w, 5x7. Captioned at lower margin: "Raymond Scott/and his NEW Orchestra." Pianist, composer, band leader and inventor Raymond Scott (1908-1994) debuted playing the piano on CBS radio, but soon formed his own ensemble, the Raymond Scott Quintet (although it had six members). The Quintet had several quirky hits in a style Scott dubbed "descriptive jazz," sporting names like "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and "New Year's Eve in a Haunted House." In 1939 Scott formed a big band (probably the reason for the "new" orchestra caption shown here. He was Radio Music Director for CBS (1942-1944), and for the radio/television show Your Hit Parade (1949-1957), which featured his first wife, Dorothy Collins. In 1946, Scott founded Manhattan Research with the goal of inventing new electronic instruments, including one called the Electronium. None of these instruments are in use today, but Scott is recognized as a major influence on later pioneers of electronic music. Warner Bros. purchased the rights to his music and began incorporating it into animated cartoons. Consequently, although he never wrote for that purpose, Scott's tunes have been used in over 100 Looney Tunes cartoons and a dozen episodes of Ren and Stimpy. Lightly worn at corners. Fine condition.
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