Back Lot Number: 910  

Lot 910
Description: Significant cache of materials with relation to 1941 "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" song. During the summer of 1941, baseball provided a needed diversion from the world events unfolding in Europe. As a result, Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak captivated the nation in a manner not seen since the days of Babe Ruth. The lyrics for "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" were originally written on a napkin in a New York hotel on the evening of July 2, 1941 by Allan Courtney. Shortly thereafter, Courtney, the New York radio announcer, got together with an orchestra leader by the name of Les Brown, and together, they produced one of the most recognizable and beloved tunes in American history, "Joltin Joe DiMaggio". Included within Joe DiMaggio's personal files regarding the song are the following: Sept. 8, 1941 original contract between Allan Courtney Music Co. and Joe DiMaggio regarding royalties for Joe. Document is signed by Courtney and Joe DiMaggio in black ink: EX-MT; Sept. 8, 1941 royalties contract draft signed by Alan Courtney; Aug. 27, 1941 typewritten letter sent to Joe DiMaggio requesting permission to bring the Les Brown orchestra to play the song live at Yankee Stadium; Professional musician's copy of "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" sheet music; significant telegram and reply dated July 25, 1941 asking Joe's permission to broadcast the song. The reply is handwritten (not by Joe) granting permission to broadcast the song across radio airwaves; Vintage 8"x10" photo of Joe DiMaggio at the Les Brown recording of the song; "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" advertising broadside (13"x18"); "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" sheet music; and an original 1941 "Joltin Joe DiMaggio" record album in its original sheath/box. Along with a few precious other timeless melodies, the famed song dedicated to Joe's magical 1941 season remains fixed in our memories, even for those who never watched DiMaggio play baseball. Includes LOA from James Spence Authentication (contract): Range EX-NM
Estimated Price: ($10,000.00-$15,000.00)