Text Box: JAZZ autographs


Price: $450.00



Scarce autographed original matte, double-weight 8” x 10” photograph by Al White of a photograph of the legendary trumpeter posed with his trumpet singing into a microphone.  Composer Johnny Mercer is to his left looking at him admirably.  Manone writes 26-76, presumably he denotes 50 active years through when the photograph was signed, though he was known to be playing with bands much earlier than 1926.  The photograph was signed in 1976.

Manone (1900-1982) was one of America’s greatest jazz trumpeters.  He was born in New Orleans from Sicilian ancestry and a childhood friend of fellow trumpeter of Sicilian stock Louis Prima.  An accident involving two street cars cost him an arm, but he never let it hold him back, learning to play trumpet with a prosthetic arm with a gloved hand.  By all accounts he used it so naturally on stage, if you did not know he had one, you probably would not have guessed.  After the accident, he was given the nickname “Wingy”.

Manone’s first gigs were on Mississippi river boats.  He moved on to playing in local dance bands in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kansas, moving to New York City in 1927. (In 1929 he played and recorded with Benny Goodman’s Boys) He moved on to Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee leading and recording with a number of bands bearing various names until 1934, when he moved back to New York to lead a band at the Hickory House.  Some of his band names were, Joe Manone’s Harmony Kings, Wingy Manone and His Orchestra, The Cellar Boys, Barbecue Joe and His Hot Dogs and Joe “Wingy” Manone and his Club Royale Orchestra.  Later bands were, Wingy Manone and his New Orleans Buzzards, Wingy Manone and his Band and Wingy Manone and his Cats.

Some of Manone’s greatest hits were his 1929 “Tar Paper Stomp” which was the basis for Glenn Miller’s, “In the Mood”.  Other hits included, Johnny Mercer’s “Tailgate Ramble” and his rendition of the fox trot “Isle of Capri” in 1935 which flew up the charts, but was despised by the composer Wilhelm Grosz with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy.  Later Grosz confessed he loved the royalty payments he received for the record.

In 1940 Manone was living in California and performed on-screen in several movies, “Rhythm on the River” (1940), “Vine Street Blues” 1943, “The Saints Comes Marching In” (1943), “Sarge Goes to College” (1947) and “Rhythm Inn” (1947).  He was also Big Crosby’s comic foil on his Chesterfield sponsored variety radio show from 1949-1952.  He moved to Las Vegas in 1954 where he lived for the rest of his life.  Interestingly in 1957, Manone tried to break into rock ‘n roll with a single “Party Doll” which made it to 56 on the Billboard charts!

Manone hearkens back to an era where many of the musicians learned to play by ear and never read music.  He adored the one year younger Louis Armstrong’s style and at one point with Jack Teagarden buried a copy of Armstrong’s record of “Oriental Strut” in the New Mexico desert as a tribute to their friend, as they felt no one would ever play it better.

An incredibly scarce jazz autograph!


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