McCoy, Clyde


Popular jazz trumpet player, known for “Sugar Blues” theme song & “wah-wah” sound


Autograph ID: 3764
Condition: Very good
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.

Signed 2 ½ x 4 ¼ pink autograph album page, dated March 31 1941 in other hand below with identification and “Sugar Blues” vertical at right side.”
Type: Signature

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