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J. Fred Coots Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

J. FRED COOTS
Born: May 2, 1897 in New York City, New York
Died: April 8, 1985 in New York City, New York
Biography | show moreshow less
In 1934, Coots (1897-1985) wrote the music and Haven Gillespie wrote the lyrics to Santa Claus is Coming To Town for Eddie Cantor to sing on his radio show. The song was an instant success, selling four million copies of sheet music and later inspiring an animated special featuring the voice of Fred Astaire. In 1998, Coots' holiday classic was ranked second on ASCAP's "Top 25 Holiday Season Songs", and the tune has been featured in numerous films. The prolific Coots wrote over 700 other songs during his career, including music for Broadway shows, Cotton Club revues (with lyricist Benny Davis) and Hollywood films. He had a hit in 1938 with You Go to My Head (also with Gillespie). The songwriter and vaudeville and nightclub performer was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1999-La-buche (Sound), 1959-Country-Style,-U.S.A. (Sound), 1998-Chance-or-Coincidence (Sound), 1992-It's-Christmastime-Again,-Charlie-Brown (Sound), 1938-Den-stora-karleken (Sound), 1958-Onionhead (Sound), 1953-The-Liberace-Show (Sound), 1946-Quentin-Quail (Sound), 1939-Scalp-Trouble (Sound), 1939-Nancy-Drew...-Reporter (Sound), 1938-The-Daffy-Doc (Sound), 1937-Swing-for-Sale (Sound), 1937-Kick-Me-Again (Sound), 1936-Sons-o'-Guns (Sound), 1935-Miss-Pacific-Fleet (Sound), 1935-Tickets,-Please (Sound), 1934/I-Vaudeville (Sound), 1929-Radio-Rhythm (Sound), 2011-Glee (Sound), 2011-Arthur-Christmas (Sound), 2007-This-Christmas (Sound), 2005-Roll-Bounce (Sound), 2004-Fahrenheit-9/11 (Sound), 2003-Elf (Sound), 1998-I'll-Be-Home-for-Christmas (Sound), 1997-Fools-Rush-In (Sound), 1995-Sabrina (Sound), 1995-Barbra:-The-Concert (Sound), 1991-For-the-Boys (Sound), 1989-Roger-&-Me (Sound), 1987-A-Muppet-Family-Christmas (Sound), 1982-Trail-of-the-Pink-Panther (Sound), 1972-Flip (Sound), 1960-The-Adventures-of-Ozzie-&-Harriet (Sound), 2011-No-me-la-puc-treure-del-cap (Sound), 2008-Four-Christmases (Sound), 2006-Midsomer-Murders (Sound), 2004-Surviving-Christmas (Sound), 2004-The-Polar-Express (Sound), 2004-The-Terminal (Sound), 1999-Mystery,-Alaska (Sound), 1995-The-Bridges-of-Madison-County (Sound), 1994-The-Santa-Clause (Sound), 1993-Look-Who's-Talking-Now (Sound), 1993-Swing-Kids (Sound), 1988-Scrooged (Sound), 1987-Laguna-Heat (Sound), 1986-Lola (Sound), 1983-A-Christmas-Story (Sound), 1978-Pennies-from-Heaven (Sound), 1972-The-Godfather (Sound), 1964-Shindig! (Sound), 1955-Your-Hit-Parade (Sound), 1955-Battle-Cry (Sound), 1947-Miracle-on-34th-Street (Sound), 1944-Laura (Sound), 1939-Artie-Shaw-and-His-Orchestra (Sound), 1938-Brother-Rat (Sound), 1936-College-Dads (Sound), 1935-The-Love-Department (Sound), 1929-Applause (Sound), 1929-Headin'-South (Sound), 1929-Why-Be-Good (Sound), 2009-Nativity! (Sound), 2005-Mrs.-Palfrey-at-the-Claremont (Sound), 2001-The-King-of-Queens (Sound), 2010-So-You-Think-You-Can-Dance (Sound), 2013-The-Best-Man-Holiday (Sound), 2012-The-Master (Sound), 2009-The-National-Christmas-Tree-Lighting (Sound), M*A*S*H (Sound), 1938-Merle-Kendrick-and-His-Orchestra (Sound), 1937-Porky's-Building (Sound), 1936-Alpine-Antics (Sound), 1931-The-High-School-Hoofer (Sound), 1931-Red-Headed-Baby (Sound), 1931-The-Smart-Set-Up (Sound), 1929-The-Roof-Garden-Revue (Sound), 2012-The-X-Factor (Sound), 2009-Moonlight-Serenade (Sound), 2008-Hellboy-II:-The-Golden-Army (Sound), 2007-The-Perfect-Holiday (Sound), 2002-The-Santa-Clause-2 (Sound), 1998-The-Practice (Sound), 1998-Celebrity (Sound), 1997-The-Myth-of-Fingerprints (Sound), 1995-Georgia (Sound), 1994-Mixed-Nuts (Sound), 1991-The-Prince-of-Tides (Sound), 1990-Avalon (Sound), 1989-Drugstore-Cowboy (Sound), 1985-Moonlighting (Sound), 1985-Remington-Steele (Sound), 1978-F.I.S.T (Sound), 1970-Santa-Claus-Is-Comin'-to-Town (Sound), 1961-The-Bell-Telephone-Hour (Sound), 1957-The-Edsel-Show (Sound), 1957-Bernardine (Sound), 1952-Belles-on-Their-Toes (Sound), 1947-That-Way-with-Women (Sound), 1944-Time-Flies (Sound), 1938-Count-Me-Out (Sound), 1938-Porky-at-the-Crocadero (Sound), 2010-Danville-2nd-Ward-Young-Men (Sound), 2007-Radio-City-Christmas-Spectacular (Sound), 2012-The-Richest-Songs-in-the-World (Sound), 2011-The-Music-Never-Stopped (Sound), 2008-The-Angry-Video-Game-Nerd (Sound), 2007-Fred-Claus (Sound), 2005-The-American-Experience (Sound), 2004-Churchill:-The-Hollywood-Years (Sound), 2002-Road-to-Perdition (Sound), 2000/I-The-Visit (Sound), 1999-Mal (Sound), 1998-Simon-Birch (Sound), 1997-A-Gala-Christmas-in-Vienna (Sound), 1996-The-Christmas-Party (Sound), 1995-Forget-Paris (Sound), 1994-Miracle-on-34th-Street (Sound), 1991-Solitaire (Sound), 1990-Home-Alone (Sound), 1984-The-Cotton-Club (Sound), 1981-Arthur (Sound), 1960-Bourbon-Street-Beat (Sound), 1953-A-Peck-o'-Trouble (Sound), 1951-Painting-the-Clouds-with-Sunshine (Sound), 1949-Battleground (Sound), 1945-She-Gets-Her-Man (Sound), 1940-Castle-on-the-Hudson (Sound), 1939-Naughty-But-Mice (Sound), 1939-Hamateur-Night (Sound), 1937-The-Woods-Are-Full-of-Cuckoos (Sound), 1937-Hi-De-Ho (Sound), 1933-Convention-City (Sound), 1932-The-Yacht-Party (Sound), 1929-Glorifying-the-American-Girl (Sound), 1929-Illusion (Sound), 1929-The-Time,-the-Place-and-the-Girl (Sound), 1928-The-Shopworn-Angel (Sound), 1930-A-Battery-of-Songs (Performer), 1950-The-Milton-Berle-Show (in person), 1959-Perry-Como's-Kraft-Music-Hall (Sound), 2011-Doctors (Sound), 1967-The-Lawrence-Welk-Show (Sound), 2002-Ed (Sound)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
Marlene - Other (April 11, 1999 - May 2, 1999), Sons-O'-Guns - Music (November 26, 1929 - August 9, 1930), Broadway-Nights - Music (July 15, 1929 - August 17, 1929), George-White's-Scandals-[1928] - Music (July 2, 1928 - January 19, 1929), White-Lights - Music (October 11, 1927 - November 5, 1927), Gay-Paree-[1926] - Music (November 9, 1926 - April 9, 1927), A-Night-in-Paris - Music (July 26, 1926 - October 30, 1926), The-Merry-World - Music (June 8, 1926 - August 21, 1926), A-Night-in-Paris - Music (January 5, 1926 - July 10, 1926), Mayflowers - Music (November 24, 1925 - January 30, 1926), Gay-Paree-[1925] - Music (August 18, 1925 - January 30, 1926), June-Days - Music (August 6, 1925 - October 17, 1925), Artists-and-Models-[1925] - Music (June 24, 1925 - May 7, 1926), Sally,-Irene-and-Mary - Music (March 23, 1925 - April 4, 1925), Artists-and-Models-[1924] - Music (October 15, 1924 - May 23, 1925), Innocent-Eyes - Music (May 20, 1924 - August 30, 1924), Sally,-Irene-and-Mary - Music (September 4, 1922 - June 2, 1923), Spice-of-1922 - Music (July 6, 1922 - September 9, 1922), Dew-d_rop-Inn - Music (May 17, 1923 - August 25, 1923)
  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH  - HFSID 225615
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card in blue ink. Signature: "J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots (1897-1985, born in New York City) wrote the music and Haven Gillespie wrote the lyrics to Santa Claus is Coming To Town for Eddie Cantor to sing on his radio show.

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL MANUSCRIPT SIGNED CIRCA 1964  - HFSID 178093
    J. FRED COOTS Coots handwrote and signed this 32-bar chorus to the song On My Birthday in pencil. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Autograph musical manuscript signed "by/J. Fred Coots/ASCAP" in pencil. 1 page, 9¼x12¼, written on musical score paper. Titled: "On My Birthday".

    Sale Price $1,190.00

    $1,400.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED  - HFSID 279705
    J. FRED COOTS He signs his handwritten musical quotation from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Autograph Musical Quotation signed: "Santa Claus is Coming to Town/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 index card. Above his title and signature he has written three measures of music.

    Sale Price $1,360.00

    $1,600.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED  - HFSID 299792
    J. FRED COOTS The Songwriters Hall of Famer signs a note with "Hope Santa comes to Town soon"; accompanied by a music sheet for his classic "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Autograph Note signed: "To Bill-/Hope Santa comes to/Town soon-/J Fred Coots", 1 page, 8½x4½.

    Sale Price $510.00

    $600.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1932  - HFSID 18431
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots writes a note on a yellow album leaf to a fan Autograph Note Signed: "To Nov R. Becker/Sincerely/J. Fred Coots". Also signed "Aug 23 '32" at bottom in unknown hand, 6x4¼ yellow album leaf.

    Sale Price $270.00

    $300.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH POEM SIGNED  - HFSID 343767
    J. FRED COOTS The highly acclaimed songwriter signs this handwritten poem that he wrote about an admirer named Jane Autograph poem signed: "J. Fred Coots" in black ink. 8½x11. Poem entitled Poem, in full: "Poem I

    Sale Price $680.00

    $800.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 183248
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card in black ink with "Best wishes from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Best wishes from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card.

    Sale Price $270.00

    $300.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 184802
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Hello There". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Hello There/J Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192277
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Regards from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Regards from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192280
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Love and God Bless". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Love and God Bless/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192281
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Love and Best wishes from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Love and Best wishes from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card.

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192282
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Xmas greetings from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Xmas greetings from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192283
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Love & Best wishes from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Love & Best wishes from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card.

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192284
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Love always". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Love always/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED  - HFSID 192286
    J. FRED COOTS J. Fred Coots signs a white index card with "Happy holiday from". Autograph Sentiment signed: "Happy holiday from/J. Fred Coots", 5x3 white index card. In 1934, Coots

    Sale Price $247.50

    $275.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH  - HFSID 226388
    J. FRED COOTS B/w publicity photo of Coots from the chest up, wearing a pinstriped suit-and-tie and smoking a cigarette, signed "Sincerely" in blue ink Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Ken Crouch/Sincerely/J Fred Coots" in blue ink. Vintage b/w, 8x10 overall, 7¼x9¼ image, one surface.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPH MUSICAL QUOTATION SIGNED  - HFSID 299866
    FRED J. COOTS Rare! Signature and autograph musical quotation for "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" on a 1979 Christmas First Day Cover, postmarked North Pole, Alaska! Inscribed Autograph Musical Quotation signed: "Regards to Billy Lester from/J.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH DOUBLE SIGNED  - HFSID 207989
    B/w photo of Coots from the chest up in tweed jacket. Coots signed this photo on the back when he was 87 years old and in "very poor health", hoping that Santa Claus would be "kine" to the recipient. He wrote the music for Santa Claus is Coming to Town in 1934.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED  - HFSID 75329
    J. FRED COOTS 1930 copy of I Miss a Little Miss (who Misses Me in Sunny Tennessee, with music for ukulele and tenor banjo, signed by Coots, who wrote the music for this song. Inscribed sheet music signed "To Lindi/from/J Fred Coots".

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED  - HFSID 207984
    J. FRED COOTS 1955 copy of Dreams Were Made for Lovers, signed "Sincerely" by Coots in blue ink Inscribed sheet music signed "For Lee Diamond/Sincerely/J. Fred Coots" in blue ink. B/w and blue, 4 pages including covers, 9x12, 1 sheet folded front and verso.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED  - HFSID 298077
    FRED J. COOTS The Hall of Fame songwriter signs the sheet music to his song "It's That Time of the Day". Inscribed Sheet Music signed: "To Lee Diamond/Sincerely/J. Fred Coots", 2 pages, 9x12. Sheet Music to his song "It's That Time of the Day", the theme song of the Ted Mack "Matinee" on NBC-TV.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - INSCRIBED SHEET MUSIC SIGNED 01/03/1976  - HFSID 207985
    J. FRED COOTS 1959 copy of Love Me Fortissimo, signed "Sincerely" and dated by Coots in 1976 Inscribed sheet music signed "To Ronald Krugman/Sincerely/J. Fred Coots/Jan 3, 1976" in blue ink. B/w and violet, 4 pages including covers, 9x12, 1 sheet folded front and verso.

    Sale Price $450.00

    $500.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - PROGRAM SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ARTHUR TRACY, ALICE WEAVER - HFSID 18430
    Coots, Tracy and Weaver all sign this undated program for the Ziegfield Radio Follies Stars from the Mosque Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Tracy was a performer on this show, while Coots is listed as assisting the show.

    Sale Price $360.00

    $400.00

  • J. FRED COOTS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED  - HFSID 287139
    J. FRED COOTS ALS from 1948, congratulating actress Ruth Gordon on a "memorable performance" in a play written by her and directed by her husband. (Coots' praise notwithstanding, The Leading Lady was a flop.) Autograph Letter signed: "J. Fred Coots", 1 page, 5½x7. New York City, 1948 October 25.

    Sale Price $405.00

    $450.00

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