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Lookalikes & Companions

Cach’ ton piano‘ by Maurice Yvain & Albert Willemetz, published by Editions L. Maillochon (Paris, 1920) and illustrated by Charles-Félix Gir. — ‘I Lift Up My Finger And Say “Tweet Tweet”‘ by Leslie Sardony, published by Publications Francis-Day (Paris, 1929), illustrated by Würth.
El “Kiss-Me” (Bésame)‘ by Juan Auli & M. Golobardas — ‘Bibelot‘ by A. Costa, J. Albelda & Soller. Both sheet music published by Ildefonso Alier (Madrid, s.d.) and covers signed (Pere?) POL.
Luna Tango‘ by Georges Hamel, published by Musiciana (Paris, s.d.) and illustration by M. Briard — ‘Minuit‘, serenade composed by H. Stile, published by Dupont, A. – Metzner (Paris, s.d.), cover illustrated by Armand Segaud.
When you’re tired of calling me sweetheart‘ by Earle Johnston & John Ricca, published by Sherwood Music (New York, 1924) — ‘Trying To Forget‘ by Abe Olman and Jack Yellen, published by Ager, Yellen & Bornstein Inc. (New York, 1923). Both covers illustrated by Malcolm Perret.
Schön ist die Jugend‘ by Max Rhode, published by Philipp Grosch (Würzburg), 1919) and illustrated by Breidenstein — ‘Memento Vivere (Mensch, Durf Te Leven )’ by Dirk Witte, published by Alsbach, G. & Co (Amsterdam, 1917), cover design by Leo Gestel.
Oh How I Miss You To-Night‘ by Benny Davis, Mark Fisher & Joe Burke, published by Irving Berlin, Inc. (New York, 1924). Both sheet music covers illustrated by Sydney Leff.
‘Bonsoir Madame la lune‘ by Paul Marinier and Emile Bessières, published by E. Meuriot (Paris, s.d.) and illustrated by Georges Dola — ‘E viva Carneval‘ by Menica Rondelly , published by M. Millan (Nice,  1905) and illustrated by Gaston de Montpéroux.
Reclame!’ by Dino Rulli and Bruno Cherubini, published by Casa Editrice Musicale (Rome, 1928), cover illustration signed ‘Monni‘ — ‘For you! Reklame operette‘ by Bruno Granichstaedten, published by Edition Bristol (Wien, 1930), unknown illustrator.
I Don’t Want To Get Married‘ by Myrtle Boland, James Alexander Brennan and William Jerome, published by Broadway Music Corporation (New York, 1924) — ‘Ida I Do’ by  Isham Jones and Gus Kahn, published by Irving Berlin, Inc (New York, 1925). Both covers designed by Malcolm Perret.
Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)‘ by James F. Hanley, Ballard Macdonald & Joe Goodwin, published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co (New York, 1919) and illustrated by Natwick — ‘If You’ll Come Back‘ by Otis Spencer and Rubey Cowan, published by Mack Stark & Rubey Cowan (New York, 1920), illustration by Albert Barbelle.
El Dormilón’, tango composed by Manuel Jovès, published by Editions Francis Salabert (Paris, 1926) — ‘Tango Sentimental (Ha de volver a mi) by Manuel Jovès & Jose M. Marcel, published by Editions Francis Salabert (Paris, 1924). Both covers illustrated by Roger De Valerio.

Nom d’une Pipe! (*)

Publicity cardboard for Crüwell Tabak (Bielefeld)

This image of an advertising cardboard for Crüwell pipe tobacco serves as an intro to a special selection of sheet music covers from our collection…

Sheet music cover for 'Put On Your Slippers and Fill Up Your Pipe'
Put On Your Slippers and Fill Up Your Pipe‘ by Albert Von Tilzer, Ed. Moran and Will A. Heelan. Published by Broadway Music Corporation (1916, New York) and illustrated by André De TaKacs.

Sheet music "I'm Still in Love With You"
I’m Still in Love With You‘ by Walter C. Johnson. Published by Sherwood Music Company (1923, New York). Unknown illustrator/monogram.
Sheet music 'Back from the Front' (1915)
Back from the Front‘, a Rag One-step composed by Armand Dumas. Published by Swan & C° (London, 1915). Illustration signed M. H.
Sheet music cover by De Valerio 'Moussa Sidi-Bé'
Moussa Sidi-Bé‘ by Léon Amouroux and Lucien Boyer. Published by Salabert (Paris, s.d.) and illustrated by Roger De Valerio.
The Kid‘ composed and published by Auguste Bosc (Paris, 1928). Cover illustration by Clérices frères.
La belote‘ by Maurice Yvain, Albert Willemetz and C.A. Carpentier. Published by Salabert (Paris, 1924) & illustrated by Roger De Valerio.
Masta‘ by Christian Hartmann and Otto Carlmar. Publisher:  P. Gedde Knap in Oslo (s.d.). Unknown illustrator.
Matros-Valsen‘ by Carl Lindberg. Published by  Elkan & Schildknecht / Emil Carelius (Stockholm, 1916), cover illustration by C. Jacobsen.
Pepper and Salt‘ by Byjacco (aka Carl Bernhard Fritz Jacoby). Published by  Ed. Bote & G. Bock (Berlin, s.d.). Cover illustration by Breidenstein.
När jag kommer igen’ by Ernst Rolf. Lyrics and cover illustration by Martin Nilsson. Publication: Ernst Rolfs Musikförlags (Stockholm, 1924).
Pipe‘ – one-step-marche by Charles d’Arbor. Published by Buffet Crampon (Paris, 1923) and illustrated by Robert Laroche.

But who will be pipe smoking champion? (Ireland 1963)

(*) Nom d’une pipe is the french expression for ‘For Goodness’ sake!’ (see also: Nom d’un chien!)

Mysterious Phenomena In Illustrated Sheet Music – Part 4

Detective-rag‘ by Erm. Oisorak. Published by Rob Rosewelt (New York, s.d.). Illustration signed with monogram SM.

We need the assistance of the finest detectives to investigate our next round of mysteries. How did they do it? What were their motives? Did illustrators and publishers concoct their misdeeds together? Were some of the printers accomplices? How did they get away with it?
We will not rest until the last puzzling enigma has been explained.

The Gaucho Lookalike

Y… Como le va?‘ Tango Argentino by Juan Valverde. Left: published by Edition Estic – Stadium des Arts (Paris, 1909). Right: published by Casa Dotésio (Madrid, 1912). Unknown illustrator.

Less is More? Ehm… More or Less

sheet music cover for 'Die kleine Fischerin' by Ludolf Waldmann
Die kleine Fischerin‘ by Ludolf Waldmann. LEFT: published by L. Waldmann (Berlin, s.d.) – source Indiana University. RIGHT: published by J. Kasteel (Den Haag, s.d.). Unknown illustrator.

The Theft of the Trumpet and Other Things

sheet music cover for Madame Gaspard illustrated by Caban
LEFT: ‘Madame Gaspard‘ by Bachmann. RIGHT: ‘Je n’ai qu’un Chat !‘ by Emile Spencer and Jorge Fabri. Both published by Georges Ondet (Paris, s.d.) and illustrated by Ch. Caban.

The Georgette Impersonation

Illustrated sheet music. Cover by Wohlman and Robert Laroche.
Georgette‘ by Ray Henderson & Lew Brown. LEFT: published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co (New York, 1922), illustrated by Wohlman. RIGHT: published by Smyth (Paris, 1922) and illustrated by Robert Laroche.

The Metamorphosic Seduction

Sheet music cover for 'Good Night'
Good Night‘ by Leo Wood, Irving Bibo and Con Conrad. LEFT: published by Francis, Day & Hunter (London, 1923). RIGHT: published by Leo Feist (New York, 1923). Unknown illustrators.

We close this post with another Good Night puzzle, the one sung by Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ white album.
Is it just a tender and loving lullaby written by John Lennon for his son Julian? Or rather a schmaltzy spoof with overluscious orchestration and Hollywoodized backing vocals produced by George Martin? Well, time to stop puzzling; start to relax…

Now it’s time to say good night
Good night sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I’ll close mine
Good night sleep tight
Now the moon begins to shine
Good night sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I’ll close mine
Good night sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Good night good night everybody
Everybody everywhere
Good night.