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B.G. DeSYLVA!<br>Lyricist for Gershwin, Kern, Kahn and MORE!<br>1922 Signed Publishing Document!

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You might not know his name, but you know his songs! Born George Gard DeSylva also known as Buddy, B.G. DeSylva was one of the great American lyricists, penning the words of hundreds of standards including works by Jerome Kern, George Gerswhin, Sammy Khan and as one third of the great songwriting team of Brown, Henderson & DeSylva.

Some of the tunes that bear DeSylva's name are "Birth of the Blues" (possibly the gratest jazz lyric ever!), "Avalon", "Turn on the Heat", "When Day is Done", "Somebody Loves Me", "Black Bottom", "It All Depends on You", "April Showers", "You Ain't heard Nothing Yet", "Look for the Silver Lining", "Just A Memory", "My Sin", Kickin' th Clouds Away", "Alabamy Bound"- most of these are bonafide standards performed by a virtual who's who in the world of jazz.

DeSylva also penned the words to many pre-jazz popular and minstrel tunes including "Sonny Boy", "California Here I Come", "Varsity Drag", "Buton Up Your Overcoat" and tons more.

OK, so NOW you know who B.G. DeSylva was.

The document is dated February 10, 1922 and transfers the copyright of "Ain't Love Grand" to a New York Publisher. (Click on the above image to get a close up and read the entire document). It is informally typed on a piece of writing paper and signed in black fountain pen by DeSylva. It measures 8x13" and is in good condition except: it has been quad-folded (three creases) for mailing, the upper crease has begun to split and someone has repaired this with tape. There are also two puncture holes near the top.

A great and truly rare collectible of one of American music's most prolific unsung heroes.

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