"The Darktown Strutters Ball Framed Color Sheet Music Print Dimensions: 14 x 18" - Framed. A bright and colorful sheet music print depicting African-American couples ballroom dancing in 1917. The Darktown Strutters Ball was a popular song written by Shelton Brooks. The song has been recorded many times and is considered a popular jazz standard. It has been played by the likes of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Fats Waller and Dean Martin.
This bold and beautiful graphic image compliment home interior! This marvelous sheet music print comes ready to hang in an attractive ornate dark wood frame. The beige colored mat exenterates the colorful nature of the piece!
This color print is in good condition with some creases where the sheet music was folded. This amazing piece of American history would be great displayed in any setting!
Shelton Brooks (May 4, 1886 - September 6, 1975) was a black Canadian composer of popular music and jazz, who wrote some of the biggest hits of the first third of the 20th century. Brooks was born in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.
His family moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1901. Shelton Brooks sang, played piano, and performed on the vaudeville circuit (notably, as a Bert Williams imitator), as well as having a successful songwriting career.
His first hit song was "Some of These Days", which he was able to get to headliner Sophie Tucker in 1909. Tucker adopted it as her theme song, and performed it regularly for the next 55 years. He starred in several 1920s musical comedies. After the sudden death of his partner Florence Mills in 1927, he stopped appearing in stage shows and pursued a nightclub act. He also had a radio show on the CBS network in the 1930s.
In the 1940s he became a regular in Ken Murray's "Blackouts", a long-running salute to burlesque that played in both New York and Los Angeles. Songwriter ("The Darktown Strutters Ball", "Some of These Days"), composer, pianist and author. He was a pianist in Detroit, Michigan cafes, and then a vaudeville entertainer in the USA and Canada for 45 years. In 1923, he traveled to Europe with the troupe of Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds", and did a command performance for King George and Queen Mary.
He wrote songs for Nora Bayes, Al Jolson, and Sophie Tucker, and appeared for two years in Ken Murray's "Blackouts". Joining ASCAP in 1929, his other songs include "All Night Long", "Jean", "Walkin' the Dog", "You Ain't Talkin' to Me", "Honey Gal", and "If I Were a Bee and You Were a Red, Red Rose". You are invited to browse the rest of our collection. The item "RARE The Darktown Strutters' Ball1917 Sheet Music Framed Minstrel Blackface" is in sale since Monday, May 12, 2014.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Black Americana\Prints, Posters & Paintings". The seller is "tothemoonandback5000" and is located in Roseville, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.