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O'HARA, Geoffrey (1882-1967)

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This Canadian-American composer, songwriter, pianist, singer and music educator was a popular vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley figure; Caruso put him "on the map" in 1913 when he recorded O'Hara's song "Your Eyes Have Told Me What I Did Now Know," and in 1914 he enjoyed his biggest hit, "Tennessee, I Hear You Calling Me"; during World War One, his hit "K-K-K-Katy" sold more than one million sheet music copies; he was also an early ethnomusicologist, recording and collecting Native American music on wax cylinders -- some of which he later sang himself in early Victor and Edison recordings; in 1945, he was elected president of the Composers-Authors Guild; all told, he composed more than 500 popular and patriotic songs. Printed DS, 9" X 12", 6pp, n.p., 1943 January 25. Very good. Mildest bit of age toning. Sheet music for "I Was the Tree: Sacred Song," with music by O'Hara and lyrics by Daniel S. Twohig, published by R.L. Huntinger (New York, NY) in 1937. Across the top of the front cover, he inscribes and signs it large and bold in blue fountain pen: "For a great basso William Wahlert / Compliments & best wishes / of the composer. / Geoffrey O'Hare / Jany 25: / 1943." (The 6th and last leaf consists of O'Hara and Twohig's song "Soft Were Your Hands, Dear Jesus.") Interesting, unusual piece. Bookseller Inventory # 22599

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