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    Barclay Allen Collection Of "Get Well Soon" Autographed Photographs And Related Ephemera (1949). Comprising a large photograph album with gilt lettering to cover reading "BARCLAY ALLEN", with an inscription on the second page dated December, 1949 "Dear Barc. / To let you know / you're always in / our thoughts - / Kaye Ryan / & friends". The album contains sixty-one signed 8" x 10" black and white photographs mounted on individual pages with corner mounts. Subjects are Jazz artists, composers, celebrities and disc jockeys, many with personal get well messages. Subjects include, in order of appearance: Bing Crosby, Stuart Wade, Tommy Dorsey, Freddy Marin, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Gordon MacRae, Guy Lombardo, Bill Lawrence, Vic Damone, Gene Krupa, Charlie Spivak, the Three Suns, Sammy Kaye, Elliot Lawrence, Fran Warren, Jack Fina, Carmen Cavallaro, the Fontane Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, Tony Pastor, Tommy Tucker, Rise Stevens, Claude Thornhill, Skitch Henderson, Jo Stafford, Paul Weston, Johnny Mercer, Xavier Cugat, Vaughn Monroe, Sarah Vaughan, the Moon Maids, Ed Sullivan, Hedda Hopper, Nick Kenny, Benny Goodman, Ray Anthony, Perry Como, Frankie Laine, Glen Gray, Mel Torme, Andy Russell, Jack Smith, Rosemary Clooney and David Rose. The back of the album includes a two-sided "Audiodisc" acetate titled "BARCLAY ALLEN - WNEW / Martin Block - 10/11/49". Also included in the lot are a copy of the RCA Victor 78rpm recording of "Cumana", written by Barclay Allen (part of record missing); and a collection of ephemera relating to Allen's life and career, including sixteen photos of Allen, one taken at his bedside in hospital, with Freddy, Allen and the photo album in the shot. All photgraphs measure 8" x 10". Album measures 11.5" x 14.75". Signed photographs are generally in Very Fine condition, with light wear and toning. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    A virtuoso pianist and big-band leader in the Post-War era, Barclay Allen worked with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, the Freddy Martin Orchestra, and others. In 1947 while working with Martin, Allen's original samba "Cumana" sold over one million copies. That same year, Barclay Allen started his own band. The Barclay Allen Orchestra opened at the fabled Ciro's in Hollywood with headliner Peggy Lee. The act then began a two-year trek across the united states, where on August 18, 1949 Allen was in a terrible accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. In December, 1949 Freddy Martin visited Allen's hospital room, and presented him with this autograph collection as a gift. Many of them included in this collection, Allen's famous friends did much for the ailing musician: Frank Sinatra and Freddy Martin held benefit concerts with the proceeds paying Allen's hospital bills, and Bob Hope wrote letters to disc jockeys promoting a newly-recorded vocal version of "Cumana", with proceeds going toward his medical costs. Passing in 1966 after nearly two-decades of paralysis, Barclay Allen remains an under-appreciated legend of Post-War popular music.


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