Andre Kostlelanetz and His Orchestra Harold Arlen's Free and Easy Blues Opera Signed By Performing Members of the Show

Bruxelles Belgium: Philips Minigroove, 1959. F. A blues opera album; recorded "Gala Femmes d'Aujourd'hui, le mardi 22 decembre 1959"; written by American composter- writer Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986), originally performed by Kostelanetz at Carnegie Hall in 1957, then taken "on the road" to Europe; with several performer signatures, including: Lillian Hayman (1922 - 1994) African-American Tony Award-winning actress and singer; Norma Mae Donaldson (1928 - 1994) African-American actress and singer; Paul Harris (1917 -1985) African-American actor, personnel manager and music publisher " the late 1950s, looking for work, he left the United States for Europe. He came to Paris with the cast of Free and Easy..." (Jet Nov 28, 1968); and others signed: James Randolph, F. Cowen, James Randolph, Charles "Smiles" Thompson, Patti Boon, Jacqueline Walcott; the biography "Hi-de-Hoe" the Life of Cab Calloway (Shipton 2013) states that this show was not a success and ended stranding the performers in Europe after a short Paris run - Calloway had declined to be part of the production; cover texts in French; 10" Philips Minigroove record in 'shopping bag' handled illustrated cover-sleeve; no inner liner; some edge, tips wear, creasing and soiling to sleeve; Walcott signature faint, all others very good and clear; disc not played by us to check for fidelity; in good condition. Item #24205

Price: $250.00