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Little Sunshine Al Jolson in "Big Boy"

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Subject of
Jolson, Al, American, died 1950
Composed by
Mitchell, Sidney D., American, 1888 - 1942
Gottler, Archie, American, 1896 - 1959
Meyer, George W., American, 1884 - 1959
Published by
M. Witmark & Sons, American, 1886 - 1929
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 11 7/8 × 1/16 in. (30.2 × 0.2 cm)
Type
sheet music
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1930
Description
Sheet music for the song "Little Sunshine" from the film Big Boy starring Al Jolson. The front cover of sheet music features a large black and white photo of Al Jolson's face in blackface set against an orange background. Black type on top portion of the cover reads: [LITTLE SUNSHINE / WARNER BROS. PRESENT / AL JOLSON / IN / "BIG BOY"]. Type near bottom right corner of the cover reads: [WORDS & MUSIC BY / SIDNEY MITCHELL / ARCHIE GOTTLER / AND / GEO. W. MEYER]. Underneath, is the publisher’s information which reads: [M. WITMARK & SONS / NEW YORK / MADE IN U S A]. Type in bottom left corner reads: [TOMORROW / IS ANOTHER DAY / LITTLE / SUNSHINE / LIZA / LEE / HOORAY FOR / BABY AND ME / WITH BANJO, UKULELE / GUITAR & MANDOLA / ACCOMPANIMENT.]. [Vernon Mcd. / 404] is handwritten, in pencil, at the top of the cover. The interior of the front cover has an additional song in black ink. The interior of the sheet music contains three pages of sheet music, in black ink, for Big Boy. The back cover has a black and white photograph of Dorothy Mackaill and a few bars of music.
Topic
African American
Actors
Blackface
Minstrel (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
Object number
2014.275.16
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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