McCoy, Clyde


Popular jazz trumpet player, composed his famed theme song, “Sugar Blues”



Type: Autograph Sentiment Signed
Description: (1903-1990) Jazz trumpet player whose popularity spanned 7 decades, best remembered for his theme song, “Sugar Blues”. The song hit in 1931 & 1935, (Columbia and Decca versions), returned to Billboard’s Country (Hillbilly) chart in 1941. It was covered, with vocals, by both Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and Fats Waller; Johnny Mercer had a vocal hit in 1947. McCoy was based at various times in LA, NYC, and at Chicago’s Drake Hotel, where he first performed “Sugar Blues” in 1930. Co-founded “Down Beat” magazine 1935, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Developed a signature “wah-wah” sound in the late 20s by fluttering a Harmon mute in the bell of his trumpet. In 1967, this distinctive sound was replicated for electric guitar with the introduction of the Vox Clyde McCoy Wah-Wah Pedal, the most significant guitar effect of its time.

3 ½ x 5 ½ color penny postcard of The Schwartz, “Wisconsin’s Most Beautiful Ballroom,” inscribed and signed on the verso. Undated but early-mid 1930s.

The Schwartz Ballroom opened Oct. 20, 1928, in Hartford, Wisconsin. It attracted major performers including Perry Como, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. From 1931, local radio station WTMJ broadcast live via CBS, giving The Schwartz coast–to-coast recognition. The ballroom featured an octagonal “Great Hall”, the apex adorned with an ornate one-ton wrought-iron Art Deco chandelier. The 112’ unobstructed dance floor accommodated 1500 dancing couples. It was pressed into wartime service 1944-46, serving as a camp for some 300 German POWs who provided labor at local factories. After the war, The Schwartz became Zivko’s Ballroom, saved from demolition by the Hartford Rotary and the Hartford Historic Preservation Foundation. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Condition: Very good

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