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EDMOND HALL!<br>FIVE Documents pertaining to<br>copyright of BIG CITY BLUES (Early Blue Note Recording),<br>co-written with BENNY MORTON<br>(including signed Canadian Copyright document)<br>PLUS one Document pertaining to SHOW PIECE<br>co-written with TEDDY WILSON

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The great clarinetist Edmond Hall had a few legendary recording sessions for Blue Note records in their early days - and on May 5, 1944 he went into the New York studios with a stellar group of musicians that included Benny Morton (tb), Edmond Hall (cl), Harry Carney (brs), Don Frye (p), Everett Barksdale (g), Alvin Raglin (b), and Sidney Catlett (ds) to record some great sides for the legendary jazz label.

One of those songs was the great laid back blues melody, BIG CITY BLUES, which Hall co-wrote with trombonist Benny Morton.

Here is a unique collection of documents regarding that song.

Although first recorded in 1944, apparently the Canadian rights were not assigned till 1959 as these documents indicate.

Included in this lot:

The 1959 Assignment of Canadian Copyright signed by Edmond Hall, with name and address all in Hall's hand (please click above image for a close-up view)

An unsigned note to Benny Morton (most likely from an agent) regarding the sale of the song. The note says:

"12/16/59
Benny Morton -
The song is going to be recorded and we have a deal with overseas music publisher and with overseas record distributors. Rank or Landon. Also going to put out book of orchestrations. Is an Ascap co."

Click here to view the note to Benny Morton.

Two large copies (9.5 x 12.5") of hand written (black felt or ink and brush) melody transcript for BIG CITY BLUES on heavy paper.
Click here to view the top part of the BIG CITY BLUES transcription.
Click here to view the bottom part of the BIG CITY BLUES transcription (the part that wouldn't quite fit on the scanner)

One smaller version of BIG CITY BLUES transcript, (3.75 x 9.5") written in pencil on plane paper.
Click here to view the smaller, pencil version of the BIG CITY BLUES transcription.

One large (9.5 x 12.5) copy of hand written melody transcript of SHOWPIECE, co-written by Edmond Hall and Teddy Wilson. On onion skin (transparent) paper. This transcript is tattered at the bottom edge, but the damaged portion does not effect the written music.
Click here to view the SHOW PIECE transcription (Edmond Hall and Teddy Wilson).

A great collection of documents pertaining to a key song in an historic recording session.

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