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SOLD!<br> THOMAS FATS WALLER!<br>Signed 1940 Songwriter's Contract for "How Ya Baby?"<br>Also signed by "Blind WIllie Dunn" pianist, J. C. Johnson.

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Offered here is a 1940 songwriting agreement signed by two of the greatest jazz/blues pianists ever. One very well known - Fats Waller, and one not so well known - J. C. Johnson.

Vintage signed documents from the great Fats Waller are very difficult to come by and highly desirable. Mr. Waller has signed this in full, Thomas Fats Waller.

J.C. Johnson you might not have heard of, but he was a very significant "behind the scenes" jazz and blues composer and pianist in his own right - and his signature is rare indeed.

As a performer, J.C. Johnson's most significant contribution was to the secretive 1929 recording combo, Blind Willie Dunn and his Gin Bottle Four.

The "Blind Willie Dunn" group was the "Blind Faith" of its time, a "super group" consisting of Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, King Oliver, J.C. Johnson and (sometimes) Hoagy Carmichael.

Blind Willie Dunn was a fake name used by white guitarist Eddie Lang so that he may record in an interracial group without being hassled by segregationists. Under this name, Lang and Lonnie Johnson recorded some of the finest and most exciting guitar duets ever set to wax. Also in the group was the great King Oliver - and occasionally pitching in on vocals and percussion was a little beginner by the name of Hoagy Carmichael. J.C. Johnson, the only one in the group without a "big name", played piano.

J.C. Johnson was also a significant songwriter and has the strange distinction of having regularly teamed with both counterparts of the legendary songwriting team; Fats Waller and Andy Razaf - but never both at the same time. When he wrote with Waller; Johnson wrote lyrics, and when he wrote with Razaf; Johnson wrote music.

A few of the songs that Johnson co wrote with Fats Waller: Hold My Hand, I'm Going Hunting, Yacht Club Swing, How Ya' Baby?

And some that he wrote with lyricist Andy Razaf: Louisiana, The Joint Was Jumpin' (also co written with Clarence Williams), When I Can't Be With You, Aint'cha Got Music?, Dusky Stevedore, , Take Your Tomorrow (And Give Me Today), Honey, Do! (covered by Louis Armstrong), Dip Your Brush In Sunshine.

And here are a few that he either wrote on his own are with others:

You Can't Be Mine And Someone Else's Too, Jet Black Blues, Big Ben, Memphis Stomp, Baby Knows How (Someone To Love Me), Alabama Shuffle, Believe It, Beloved, Rhythm and Romance, Trav'lin' All Alone

Many of these songs, including Louisiana, Dusky Stevedore, and The Joint Was Jumpin', are considered jazz standards today.

As a perfomer, J.C. Johnson played with Clarence Williams in (1929), Bennett's Swamplanders (1930), Moonlight Revelers (1929), Blind Willie Dunn (1929) and many others.

So although Fats Waller's signature is the one that jumps out at you here, be sure that J.C. Johnson's is a prize as well!

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