Barnet, Charlie

1947 DS by the jazz composer, saxophonist, and bandleader, agreement with Sam Goldwyn Productions for film “That’s Life” (“A Song Is Born”)

Price: $40.00

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(1913-1991) jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, his major recordings were "Skyliner", "Cherokee", "The Wrong Idea", "Scotch and Soda", "In a Mizz", and "Southland Shuffle". In 1949 he retired, one of the few heirs in a very wealthy family. He learned to play piano and saxophone as a child. He began his recording career in October 1933, but the height of his popularity was 1939-41, a period that began with his hit version of "Cherokee", written by Ray Noble and arranged by Billy May. In 1947, he started to switch from swing to bebop. During his swing period his band included Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Neal Hefti, and Lena Horne, while later versions of the band included Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, and Clark Terry. Trumpeter Billy May was an arranger in the Charlie Barnet Orchestra before joining Glenn Miller in 1940. He was one of the first bandleaders to integrate his band and was an outspoken admirer of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. His was one of the few predominantly white bands to play the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Ellington recorded Barnet’s composition "In a Mizz". In 1939, Basie lent Barnet his charts after Barnet's were destroyed in a fire at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. Throughout his career he was an opponent of syrupy arrangements. Barnet's was a notorious party band where drinking and vandalism were not uncommon. While Glenn Miller enforced strict standards of dress and deportment, Barnet was more interested in having fun, according to his autobiography “The Swinging Years.”. His compositions included "Skyliner", "Southland Shuffle", "Swing Street Strut", "The Right Idea", "The Wrong Idea"(with Billy May), "Growlin'", "Scotch and Soda", "Midweek Function", "Oh What You Said (Are We Burnt Up?)", "I Kinda Like You", "Tappin' at the Tappa", "The Last Jump", "Knocking at the Famous Door", "Lazy Bug" (with Juan Tizol), "Ogoun Badagris (Voodoo War God)", and "In a Mizz", recorded by Duke Ellington. "Skyliner", arranged by Billy May, was written as the theme music for the late 1940s US Armed Forces Network program "Midnight In Munich", broadcast from Munich. Thanks to the station's powerful transmitters, AFN Munich was heard as far away as the UK; this helped "Skyliner" and many other contemporary US swing hits to gain wide popularity across Europe and become hits in the UK. 11 x 8 ½ DS, Los Angeles, August 4 1947, Barnet assigns rights to use his music and voice in connection with Goldwyn’s film presently titled “That’s Life”. “A Song Is Born” (also known as “That's Life”) is a 1948 lavish Technicolor musical film remake, starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo, of 1941 movie “Ball of Fire” with Gary Cooper. It was directed by Howard Hawks from an original story by Billy Wilder, produced by Samuel Goldwyn and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It featured a stellar supporting cast of musical legends, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter. Other notable musicians playing themselves include Barnet, Mel Powell, Harry Babasin, Louis Bellson, Al Hendrickson, The Golden Gate Quartet, Russo and the Samba Kings, The Page Cavanaugh Trio, and Buck and Bubbles. Other actors include Steve Cochran and Hugh Herbert.

Condition: Very good, 2 spindle holes at top, few staple holes top left
Type:Document






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