Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001322312: VERNON DUKE

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Scarce inscribed vintage fountain pen signature on a 4.5 x 6-inch pale blue autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s or 1940s. In fine condition, with a few gentle crinkles, not affecting the writing itself, and suitable for matting. At the onset of his musical career, Vernon Duke composed ballet and symphonic works, but, in the late 1920s, he shifted his focus to songwriting for the London and New York stages, and eventually Hollywood, collaborating with such lyricists as Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, E.Y. Harburg, and John Latouche, with whom he scored Cabin in the Sky (1940). Among his best-known songs are "Autumn in New York", "April in Paris," and "Taking a Chance on Love." This is an especially nice example of a highly uncommon autograph.