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First edition Autographed sheet music for This is the Life from the 1964 Broadway musical “Golden Boy”.  Composer Charles Strouse, lyricist Lee Adams and show star singer Billy Daniels have all signed the front cover.

Piano vocal score/THIS IS THE LIFE/HILLARD ELKINS PRESENTS SAMMY DAVIS IN THE NEW MUSICAL GOLDEN BOY/Lyric by LEE ADAMS/Music by CHARLES STROUSE

Copyright 1964 by Strada Corporation/1st printing

4 pages, music on pages 2 and 3.  Autographed by Strouse, Adams and Daniels on the front cover.

Strouse and his musical partner Lee Adams worked on 11 projects together, including 10 musicals and one film.  Their best known musical was their second collaboration, “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1960.  “Golden Boy” was their third production, which was conceived as a vehicle for Sammy Davis Jr.  It opened on Broadway on October 20, 1964 and ran through March 5, 1966 at the Majestic Theatre, some 568 performances.  The musical was nominated for a Tony, as was Davis as best actor, Donald McCayle for best choreography and Hillard Elkins for best producer in 1965.  Elkins recruited the African-American jazz singer Billy Daniels for the show as the evil Eddie Satin and the song, This is the Life was sung by Daniels in the show and the original Broadway cast recording. The song took on a life of its’ own and was covered by the likes of; Marvin Gaye, Joe Mooney, Matt Munro, Joe Williams, The Howard Roberts Quartet, Art Blakely and Lee Morgan.

 

CHARLES STROUSE - COMPOSER
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