American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1940. Original photograph. Excellent, in frame. 25 x 18 x 1 1/2 inches. Matted and under glass. Item #125581
Composer W. C. Handy (1873-1958) described ASCAP's 25th Anniversary concert and broadcast as "a program that was never before nor can ever again be duplicated this side of Kingdom Come.” The performance took place on September 24, 1940, at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco and included more than forty ASCAP members performing their own works. The event's finale was an appearance by Irving Berlin, performing a heartfelt rendition of his own, iconic song, “God, Bless America.” While war brewed across the sea, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that audience members stood and then sang with Berlin: “Hundreds started to sing with him. Then thousands. And when he came to the end of his song, 15,000 Americans were on their feet singing with him. Then it was all over.” The concerts, given the title "Cavalcade of Music: Those Who Make America's Music," were held on Tuesday, September 24, 1940 in San Francisco at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. The concerts featured, to quote a brochure, "the most notable assemblage of artists and composers ever gathered on one stage." It was no exaggeration. Over 40 ASCAP members, including some of America's greatest composers, performed their most famous works to thousands. Original photograph by Gabriel Moulin, with: Full identification provided by the Society's President, Gene Buck Left to right, standing: Dr. Howard Hansen, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Harry Armstrong, Bert Kalmar, Presi- dent Marshall Dill, Harry Ruby, Shel- ton Brooks, George M. Cohan, Jimmy McHugh, William C. Handy, John Charles Thomas, Albert Von Tilzer, Sigmund Romberg, Albert Hay Ma- lotte, Ernie Burnett, L. Wolfe Gilbert, Edwin McArthur (Standing over Bur- nett and Gilbert), Julius Haug, Eugene Pete Heyes. (Note: McArthur, Haug and Pete Heyes three heads standing back of Burnett, Gilbert and Mack Gordon the fat fellow). Mack Gordon, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Gene Buck, Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Harry Warren, Dave Stamper, Jean Schwartz, John Mercer. Front row, kneeling: Hoagy Carmich- ael, Walter Donaldson, Peter De Rose, May Singhi Breen, Ann Ronell, Irving Berlin, Deems Taylor. Following is the program for the evening concert, from which this photo was taken: (AT THE CALIFORNIA COLISEUM) TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 1940, 8:00 P.M. Sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Produced Under the Personal Direction of GENE BUCK, President EVENING CONCERT A Cavalcade of American compositions devoted to operatic and unforgettable songs of the past and present, written by members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers GENE BUCK, Master of Ceremonies SPECIAL ORCHESTRA COMPOSED OF MEMBERS OF SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OHN CHARLES THOMAS, Guest Soloist (1) "STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER" John Philip Souza Conducted by DR. HOWARD HANSEN (2) TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER, the late and beloved VICTOR HERBERT "GYPSY LOVE SONG" from "The Fortune Teller" .... Lyric by Harry B. Smith "KISS ME AGAIN" from "Mile. Modiste" Lyric by Henry Blossom "MARCH OF THE TOYS" from "Babes in Toyland" . . . Lyric by Glen MacDonough Conducted by EUGENE HAYES (3) "SMILES" Composed by Lee Roberts, Lyric by /. Will Callahan MR. ROBERTS at the piano (4) "LOVE IN BLOOM" By Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger Sun by MR. ROBIN MR. RAINGER at the piano (5) "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME" Composed by Albert Von Tilzer, Lyric by Jack Norworth MR. VON TILZER at the piano (6) "THE LAST ROUND-UP" By Billy Hill MR. HILL at the piano (7) "SOME OF THESE DAYS" By Shelton Brooks MR. BROOKS at the piano (8) "OVER THE RAINBOW". . .Composed by Harold Arlen, Lyric by . y. Harburg MR. ARLEN at the piano Sung by JUDY GARLAND (9) "MELANCHOLY BABY" Composed by Ernie Burnett, Lyric by G. A. Norton MR. BURNETT at the piano (10) "WAITING FOR THE ROBERT E. LEE" Composed by Louis Muir, Lyric by L. Wolfe Gilbert Sung by MR. GILBERT (11) "THREE LITTLE WORDS" By Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby Sung by MR. KALMAR and MR. RUBY (12) (a) "MY BLUE HEAVEN". .Composed by Walter Donaldson, Lyric by G. Whiting (b) "MY BUDDY" Composed by Walter Donaldson, Lyric by Gus Kahn MR. DONALDSON at the piano (13) "THE END OF A PERFECT DAY" By Carrie Jacobs Bond MISS BOND at the piano Sung by ALLAN LINQUIST (14) "THE FLYING FLAG" By Carrie Jacobs Bond (Premiere Performance) Sung by ALLAN LINQUIST (15) "WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF" Composed by Ann Ronell, Lyric by Frank E. Churchill MISS RONELL at the piano (16) "SINGING IN THE RAIN" By Ralph Freed and Nacio Herb Brown MR. FREED at the piano (17) "YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU" Composed by James V. Monaco, Lyric by Joseph McCarthy MR. MONACO at the piano (18) (a) "I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HER NOW" Composed by Joseph Howard, Lyric by Frank R. Adams and Will Hough (b) "GOOD BYE, MY LADY LOVE" By Joseph Howard Sung by MR. HOWARD (19) "ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE" Composed by Jerome Kern, Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II MR. KERN at the piano Sung by TONY MARTIN (20) "SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES" Composed by Jerome Kern, Lyric by Otto Harach MR. KERN at the piano (21) "SWEET ADELINE". . . .Composed by Harry Armstrong, Lyric by Richard Gerard Sung by MR. ARMSTRONG (22) "LOVER COME BACK TO ME" Composed by Sigmund Romberg, Lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II MR. ROMBERG at the piano (23) TRIBUTE To the Late George Gershwin "SUMMERTIME" Composed by George Gershwin, Lyric by DuBose Heyward From "Porgy and Bess" "I GOT RHYTHM" Composed by George Gershwin, Lyric by Ira Gershwin EDWIN McARTHUR conducting the Orchestra (24) "JEEPERS CREEPERS" By Harry Warren and John Mercer MR. WARREN at the piano Sung by MR. MERCER (25) "I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY" Composed by James McHugh, Lyric by Dorothy Fields MR. McHUGH at the piano (26) "STAR DUST" Composed by Hoagy Carmichael, Lyric by Mitchell Parish MR. CARMICHAEL at the piano (27) (a) "DEEP PURPLE" Composed by Peter De Rose, Lyric by Mitchell Parish MR. DE ROSE at the piano (b) MAY SINGHI BREEN "THE UKULELE LADY" MEDLEY OF MR. DE ROSE'S SONGS- (a) "WHEN YOUR HAIR HAS TURNED TO SILVER" (b) "HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LONELY?" (c) "SOMEBODY LOVES YOU" (28) "DID YOU EVER SEE A DREAM WALKING?" By Mack Gordon and Harry Revel Sung by MR. GORDON (29) "CHINATOWN" Composed by Jean Schwartz, Lyric by William Jerome MR. SCHWARTZ at the piano (30) "ST. LOUIS BLUES" Composed by William C. Handy MR. HANDY, Cornet Solo (31) JOHN CHARLES THOMAS, Guest Soloist MR. EUGENE HEYES conducting the Orchestra (a) "HOME ON THE RANGE" .By David Guion (b) "MIGHTY LAK A ROSE" . . Composed by Elhelbert Nevin, Lyric by F. L. Stanton (c) "OLD MAN RIVER" . . . Composed by Jerome Kern, Lyric by O. Hammerstein I! MR. KERN at the piano (d) "SALLY, WON'T YOU COME BACK" . . . . By Gene Buck and David Stamper From the "Ziegfeld Follies" MR. STAMPER at the piano (e) "THE LORD'S PRAYER" Composed by Albert Hay Malotte MR. MALOTTE conducting the Orchestra (32) GEORGE M. COHAN, Composer, Playwright and America's foremost actor (a) "GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY" (b) "YANKEE DOODLE BOY" (c) "GRAND OLD FLAG" Composed, written and sung by MR. COHAN (33) "GOD BLESS AMERICA" The new American anthem Written and composed by Irving Berlin Sung by MR. BERLIN Orchestra conducted by DR. HOWARD HANSEN The following distinguished conductors will participate in this program: EUGENE HEYES EDWIN MCARTHUR RICHARD HAGEMAN DR. HOWARD HANSEN General Stage Director R. H. Burnside, Producer of the late Charles B. Dillingham's famous productions for Montgomery & Stone; producer and author of the famous New York Hippodrome shows, and numerous other successful American musical comedies.