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Dog on the Piano Novelty Piano Solo by Ted Shapiro

Ted Shapiro

Published by Jack Mills Inc, NY, 1924
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Wraps - SHEET MUSIC clean, clean cover , no marks - black orange and white illustrated cover of dog playing the piano [ Ted Shapiro (October 31, 1899 - March 26, 1980) was a United States popular music composer, pianist, and sheet music publisher. Shapiro was born in New York City. He became a Tin Pan Alley songwriter and accompanied notable star vaudeville singers of the day, including Nora Bayes and Eva Tanguay. In 1921 he was hired as accompanist and music director for Sophie Tucker. Shapiro worked with Tucker for the rest of her life, appearing at the piano on stage with her, exchanging banter and wisecracks between songs. Shapiro also wrote a number of songs for Tucker. Ted Shapiro became a member of ASCAP in 1924. His biggest hits were the holiday standard "Winter Weather" from 1941 and "If I Had You", first published in 1928, which continues to be covered by new recording artiststs and used in movie soundtracks into the 21st century. His other successful tunes and songs include "He's Home for a Little While", "A Handful of Stars", "To You", "Far Away Island", "Sitting in the Sand A-Sunnin'", "Now I'm In Love", "You'll Be Reminded of Me", "Starlight Souvenirs", "This is No Dream", "Dog on the Piano", "Puttin' On the Dog", "Waitin' for Katy", and "Ask Anyone in Love". Some of his songs were written in collaboration with his wife Susan Shapiro (b. November 4, 1923), an accomplished jewelry designer, who owned and operated a store called Trifles and Treasures on Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. Ted Shapiro died at age 80 in Bay Harbor, Florida. ] [ Novelty Piano is a genre of piano music that was popular during the 1920's. A successor to ragtime and an outgrowth of the piano roll music of the teens, novelty piano can be considered a pianistic cousin of jazz, which appeared around the same time. Its originators were mostly piano roll artists from the Chicago area, where two of the largest piano roll companies, QRS and Imperial, had their headquarters. It is distinct from stride piano, which was developed in New York at about the same time. The earliest composers of novelty piano were piano roll artists looking to sell piano rolls. These pieces started out as super rags with characteristic breaks, consecutive fourths, and advanced harmonies. The pioneer of this style was Charley Straight, whose compositions were issued on piano roll years before Confrey's novelty hits. Early Charley Straight novelties include S'more, Playmor, Nifty Nonsense, Rufenreddy, and Wild And Wooly. Novelty piano came to the attention of the public in 1921 with the appearance of Zez Confrey's "Kitten on the Keys". The popularity of this piece quickly led to other Confrey works including "Dizzy Fingers" and "Greenwich Witch", and inspired other artists to issue their own novelty pieces. The style remained popular through the end of the decade, at which time big bands were on the rise, player pianos were in decline, and the popularity of jazz continued unabated. Novelty piano slowly succumbed to, or was absorbed into, the new orchestral styles as the piano moved off center stage and took a support role. ]. Bookseller Inventory # 010015.191011sm

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Title: Dog on the Piano Novelty Piano Solo by Ted ...

Publisher: Jack Mills Inc, NY

Publication Date: 1924

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition:Good

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