Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $350.00

FINE CONDITION

COLE PORTER - COMPOSER & LYRICIST
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
Text Box: P
Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

Phone: 212-860-5541  *  Fax: 917-677-8247

 

One page typed letter signed by the legendary Broadway composer to his producer, Ernest Martin, Los Angeles, June 8, 1954.  We offer with an original vintage 8” x 10” press photograph of Porter presiding over a game of backgammon in the MGM film “Night and Day” in 1937.

 

FROM: COLE PORTER

June 8, 1954

Mr. Ernest Martin

Feuer and Martin

150 East 52nd Street

New York, New York

Dear Ernie:

I enclose a copy of a letter from Manie Sacks.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am by this.

Best,

Cole

CP: ME

Enclosure….

1954 was a tragic year for Porter.  His wife, Linda Lee passed away in New York City a month prior to this letter was written, so good news was welcome. The letter is written to the co-producer of “Silk Stockings” Ernie Martin of Feuer and Martin.  His partner, Cy Feuer also produced and then directed the musical.  Manie Sacks with the second in command at RCA/Victor and gave the green light to the original cast recording which was recorded less than a month (March 6, 1955) after the Broadway premiere on February 24, 1955.  The news in Porter’s letter would refer to the green light from RCA for the cast recording, but also for the new marketing and packaging which “Silk Stockings” was given.  Long in the planning, it was the first “luxury recording” in the RCA fledgling LP record business.  The recording was given a “plush” double-fold lining and a special marketing campaign.  The push had been used for several classical discs and had been very successful.  “Silk Stockings” which starred Don Ameche and Hildegarde Neff ran for 478 performances.  (It was also the Broadway debut of a young Julie Newmar.)

Perfect for display!