RUDY VALLEE - CONTRACT SIGNED 06/13/1951 - HFSID 158370
RUDY VALLÉE Vallée signed this contract in 1951 in order to made MCA Artists, Ltd. his agent for four years. MCA Artists got a 10 percent commission (20 percent from contracted concerts) for their services.
Sale Price $378.00
Vallée signed this contract in 1951 in order to made MCA Artists, Ltd. his agent for four years. MCA Artists got a 10 percent commission (20 percent from contracted concerts) for their services. Accompanied by MCA Artists interoffice note and letter to the American Federation of Musicians to cancel Vallée's 1949 exclusive management contract in favor of this one.
Contract signed "Rudy Vallée" in blue ink and by representative of MCA Artists, Ltd. in blue ink. Also initialed by Vallée and MCA Artists representative. 1 page, 8¼x18, carbon copy. June 13, 1951. Vallée signed this four-year contract to make MCA Artists his sole and exclusive agent in return for 10 percent of his gross pay (20 percent from contracted concerts). Lightly toned, creased and rippled. MCA Artist representative's initials touch Vallée's initials. Pinhead-sized stain near top edge. Two binder holes and staple holes near top edge. Folded four times, comes folded once. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Two items. 1) Unsigned carbon copy letter. With notations near top edge in black and red ink in unknown hand. 1 page, 8½x10¾. June 22, 1951. Addressed to the American Federation of Musicians, New York City. Herbert Stein of MCA Artists sent this letter to ask the American Federation of Musicians to cancel Vallée's previous exclusive management contract, dated Nov. 21, 1949, and replace it with this one. Lightly toned and creased. Top left corner is torn away. Staple holes in upper left corner. Two binder holes near top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. 2) Unsigned note on MCA Artists, Ltd. Inter-Office Communication stationery. 1 page, 8½x5¼. June 19, 1951. Addressed to Sara Polin in New York by Dick Guthrie. This note accompanied a parcel that included documents pertaining to Vallée hiring MCA Artists as his agent. Lightly toned and creased. Two binder holes and staple holes at top edge. Light tear in top edge at staple hole in upper left corner. Otherwise in fine condition. From the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s, Vallée (1901-1986, born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont) enjoyed a successful career on radio, in movies, in Broadway musicals and with a solo nightclub act. His films include The Palm Beach Story (1942), I Remember Mama (1948), The Helen Morgan Story (1957), The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968), Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), in which he reprised his role from the successful 1961 Broadway musical. The first singer to be called a "crooner", Vallée was known for carrying a small megaphone and for his catch phrase "Heigh-Ho, Everyone", which he first used when appearing at New York's Heigh-Ho Club.
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