Lot 7173: Scarce DS, signed "Thelonious S. Monk," one page, 8.5 x 11, February 18, 1946. Agreement between Monk and Monogram Music Company for "the sum of One Dollar ($1.00) and other good and valuable considerations to it in hand paid" to "hereby transfer, set ever and assign…rights, title and interest in and to the following musical composition…Nameless, Class E Unp.#371340." Creasing, staple holes, and two punch holes to the upper portion, and several tears of varying sizes to left and right edges (some repaired with toned tape), otherwise very good condition; Monk's bold signature remains unaffected. Initially copyrighted as 'Nameless' in 1944, Monk later changed the name to 'Bip Bop,' a hipper and more attractive song title that found great success on Manhattan's 52nd Street as a closing signature tune for many jazz groups; this popularity ultimately led to the song's second and final name revision, '52nd Street Theme.' Despite being its creator, Monk never recorded the song. A unique and boldly signed contract chronicling the little-known evolution of a Midtown mainstay.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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