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Autographed Photo of Memory Lane Review including W. C. Handy and Rosamond Johnson, Handy, W. C. , Rosamond Johnson & Memory Lane Musicians

Author Name    Handy, W. C. , Rosamond Johnson & Memory Lane Musicians

Title   Autographed Photo of Memory Lane Review including W. C. Handy and Rosamond Johnson

Binding   Photograph

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    ca. 1933

Seller ID   15352

Memory Lane, including W. C. Handy and Rosamund Johnson, Sepia-toned, approximately 8X10 photograph of fourteen members of the Memory Lane Review signed by all 14, ca. 1933,( although the signatures of Harry Brooks and Tom Harris on the right side may be in the same hand.) The Memory Lane Review, started in the early 1930's by Joe Laurie, was intended to include "notable favorites from a half century ago," according to an article in the March 5, 1934 edition of the Wilkes Barre Times Leader. Each performer brought to the stage "something of the past that endeared the artist to the followers of things theatrical back in the good old days of merriment."The photograph includes the following:Joe Laurie - Founder of the Memory Lane Review. Laurie had performed as a comedian on the Vaudeville circuit, on Broadway and on radio. He authored two books Show Biz: from Vaude to Video and Vaudeville: From the Honky Tonks to the Palace. The latter book mentions Memory Lane.Rosamund Johnson - Brother of James Weldon Johnson, Rosamund Johnson is most remembered for composing the music for his brother's lyric, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," known as the Negro National Anthem. Johnson was also active on the Vaudeville circuit with such lighter works as "The Evolution of Ragtime" and "Under the Bamboo Tree." With his song-writing partner, Bob Cole, he produced several popular operettas including Shoo-Fly Regiment and Red Moon. In addition to his work as a composer and Vaudeville performer, Johnson also originated the role of Frazier in the premier performance of Porgy and Bess and compiled and edited several volumes of African-American folksongs and spirituals. Johnson's signature is also on the back of the photograph, suggesting that this may have been his personal copy.W. C. Handy - Widely-known as "The Father of the Blues, Handy composed "St. Louis Blues," "Memphis Blues," "Yellow Dog Blues," "Hesitating Blues" and dozens more. His autobiography, Father of the Blues, is a major work on the history of the blues, and he was editor of Blues: An Anthology, an important collection of songs.Emma Francis (1880? - ?) - Famed as an acrobatic wooden shoe dancer or clogger, Emma Francis appeared first in circuses and traveling shows. She went on to become a Vaudeville star and eventually appeared on Broadway. She was once billed as "Emma Francis and her Arabian Whirlwind." She worked with Pat Rooney, Gus Hill, and Billy Rose. At age 65, she was still performing hand springs, cartwheels, tap dances and a soft shoe routine at Rose's Diamond Horseshoe Club.Harry Brooks (1895-1970) - Brooks was an early jazz pianist and composer. He was a friend and writing partner with Fats Waller. Along with Waller and Andy Razaf, he composed Ain't Misbehavin' and Black and Blue. He performed with many bands but is most remembered for his many compositions.Annie Hart (1860-1947) - Hart was a Vaudeville star who performed as a singer and actress. She appeared in Jerome Kern's 1928 production of Show Boat. Many of her papers are in the collection of the New York Public Library. Lizzie Wilson (?-?) - Wilson was a popular singer and comedian from Buffalo, New York. She was most famous for the Schnitzelbank Song, which she sang at Tony Pastor's in New York City, the original home of Vaudeville. She was known as "the Schnitzelbank Girl." She performed her German act for many years, including performances with Memory Lane. In the photograph she is in her German costume.Dave Genaro (?-?) - Genaro was a Vaudeville singer and dancer who often appeared with his wife, Ray Bailey.Tom Harris (?-?) - Vaudeville dancer.Albert Campbell (1872-1947) - Campbell was a popular singer who first recorded in the 1890's and made a number of solo recordings before partnering with Henry Burr, John H. Meyer and Frank Croxton to form the Peerless Quartet which became the most commercially successful group of the acoustic era of recording. Among their hits were Sweet Adeline,By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Over There, My Wild Irish Rose, and I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad. Gus Hill (1858-1957) - Gus Hill began his career in entertainment juggling Indian clubs. From this start, he became an impresario, owning all manner of entertainment shows from circus-style troupes to burlesque, to comic theatre, including a very popular play based on the Mutt and Jeff cartoons. Emma Francis toured with some of Hill's shows, and probably others in Memory Lane did as well. Bill Swan (?-?) - Vaudeville comedian, William Maxwell, William Renaud Matted and framed to `14 by 18" ; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 1 pages; Signed by All Authors

Photograph Vaudeville Blues Jazz Autograph

Price = 950.00 USD



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