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SONGS FROM "THIS IS THE ARMY"
n.p. [New York] 1942 - Small folio (9" x 12") bound in full "army khaki" flexible leather with gilt lettering on the front cover. Includes sheet music for 19 of Berlin's songs, including "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones" and "Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" from the Broadway musical that later toured the nation and the world and was made into a movie starring Ronald Reagan with much of the proceeds from all of its various guises donated to the U.S. Army. At the time of the original production, the U.S. Armed Forces were segregated; as a result of Berlin's insistence, the unit performing THIS IS THE ARMY became the only integrated company in uniform. Which leads to an interesting connection with the SIGNED INSCRIPTION by the great composer in this volume: "To Roy Lord/with gratitude/for helping to make/'This is the Army'/what it was in/the U.K./Irving Berlin." General Roy[al] Lord was the chief of staff to General John C. H. Lee, nicknamed "Jesus Christ Himself" for his arrogance. Lee had a number of roles in World War II including commander of the supply services for the U.S. Army in the European Theater and General Eisenhower's deputy commander. It was at Lee's suggestion that Black troops were allowed to serve in combat for the first time in the war in the Battle of the Bulge after 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the first week of action. He received an Honor Roll of Race Relations from the New York Public Library's Schomberg Collection of Negro Literature for this action. Light rubbing to edges and spine with slight loss at the tips. Despite the light wear, Near Fine with a superb inscription [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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