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I Wish I Had A Wishbone

Composer; lyricist:
Taylor, Irving  Search this
Depicted (sitter):
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 3/16 in x 8 9/16 in; 30.95625 cm x 21.74875 cm
Object Name:
sheet music
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place:
United States: Virginia
Date made:
1949
ID Number:
2018.3010.194
Nonaccession number:
2018.3010
Catalog number:
2018.3010.194
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Popular Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a3e1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1878720

I'll Never Be Free

Composer; lyricist:
Benjamin, Bennie  Search this
Depicted (sitter):
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Laurel Music Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 3/16 in x 8 7/16 in; 28.41625 cm x 21.43125 cm
Object Name:
sheet music
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place:
United States: Virginia
Date made:
1950
ID Number:
2018.3010.208
Nonaccession number:
2018.3010
Catalog number:
2018.3010.208
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-0d31-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1878811

Bonaparte's Retreat

Lyricist; composer:
King, Pee Wee  Search this
Depicted (sitter):
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Acuff-Rose Publications  Search this
Acuff-Rose Publications  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
sheet music
Place made:
United States: Tennessee, Nashville-Davidson
Date made:
1949
ID Number:
2017.3021.271
Nonaccession number:
2017.3021
Catalog number:
2017.3021.271
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-8e41-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1859770

Foolin' 'Round

Composer; lyricist:
Howard, Harlan  Search this
Owens, Buck  Search this
Depicted (sitter):
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Central Songs, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 1/16 in x 9 in; 30.63875 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
sheet music
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1960
ID Number:
2017.3021.366
Nonaccession number:
2017.3021
Catalog number:
2017.3021.366
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-230e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1862088

Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection

Donor:
Coe, Norman  Search this
Musician:
Alpert, Herb  Search this
Singer:
Anka, Paul  Search this
Bach, Vivi  Search this
Carr, Vikki  Search this
Damone, Vic  Search this
Eckstine, Billy  Search this
Ennis, Ethel  Search this
Greco, Buddy  Search this
Hallyday, Johnny, 1943 -  Search this
Lansing, Joi, 1934-1972  Search this
McNair, Barbara  Search this
Morgan, Jane, 1920 -  Search this
Rawls, Lou  Search this
Reese, Della  Search this
Reynolds, Debbie  Search this
Riley, Billy Lee, 1933-  Search this
Rydell, Bobby  Search this
Sedaka, Neil  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, Jr., 1944-  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
Vee, Bobby  Search this
Warwick, Dionne  Search this
Vocalist:
Darren, James  Search this
Gore, Lesley, 1946-  Search this
Composer:
Legrand, Michel, 1932 -  Search this
Extent:
141 Film reels
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Music
16mm motion picture film
Date:
circa 1962-1970
Summary:
Scopitones are three minute long 16mm films that were viewed on a Scopitone machine, a jukebox-like player. A precursor to music videos, Scopitones -- both the films and the machines -- were popular in the United States from around 1962 to 1968. The films featured sets, costumes, and dancers in support of well-known performers singing a single song. The collection includes Scopitone films from the United States and Europe.
Scope and Contents:
The collection comprises approximately one hundred and forty 16mm color composite magnetic track motion picture prints produced to be played on a Scopitone juke box. These films were produced in Europe and the United States.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into one series. The order follows the original catalogue/distribution numbers.

Series 1, Original Films, 1962-1970
Biographical / Historical:
Referring to both the films and the machines that played them, a Scopitone is song-length film viewed on a juke-box like machine with a screen. Introduced in the late 1950s in France, and based on technology developed during World War Two, the Scopitone machine offered a selection of up to thirty-six titles. Patrons would insert coins (twnty-five cents per play in the United States), press the button for the film desired, and the film would appear on a small screen that formed the top of the machine. The Scopitone films were three minute-long 16mm composite magnetic track prints that featured performers singing popular songs of the time. Like their predecessor, Soundies, and paving the way for music videos, Scopitones included basic sets, costumes, and choreography. Scopitones were made in France, Great Britain, and Germany. Scopitones (both the machines and the films) were most popular in France. Consequently, a large number of the films are in French and star performers well-known in France. One of the major producers of American Scopitone films was Harman-ee Productions, a company owned by Debbie Reynolds. In the United States, Scopitone machines could be found in bars, restaurants, and lounges. Performers as varied as Debbie Reynolds, Neil Sedaka, and Ethel Ennis appeared in American Scopitones. In many of the films the stars sang the songs while surrounded by scantily-clad dancers. On occasion the production numbers told the "story" of the song. More often, the sets, dance moves, and costumes appeared superfluous. The "look" of the films reflected the times with choreography influenced by the Twist and other contemporary dances and clothing and hair-dos straight from a mid-1960s teen fashion magazine. Scopitones flourished in the United States for a very short period of time. First introduced around 1962, interest in producing and viewing Scopitones had ended by 1968. Most American machines and films were tossed in the trash. Collectors acquired the remaining machines and films. Scopitone films, once a mostly forgotten genre, are now easily viewed on Youtube, introducing this short-lived cultural phenomenon to new generations of viewers. The donor, Norman Coe, became involved with Scopitone as a business in 1964 when he purchased ten machines from the Scopitone division of Tel-A-Sign, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois. Coe placed his machines and the films in bars and restaurants around the Albany, New York area. He left the business in the late 1960s, selling all but one of his machines and several cartons of Scopitone films. He donated his remaining machine and films to the National Museum of American History in 2011.
Related Materials:
Materials in the National Museum of American History

The Division of Culture and the Arts acquired a Scopitone machine as part of the same donation. Accession #: 2011.0056
Provenance:
Scopitone machine and films donated by Norman and Sally Coe in 2011.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Genre/Form:
Music
16mm motion picture film
Citation:
[Title], Norman and Sally Coe Scopitone Film Collection, circa 1964-1970, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1230
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1230

John R. Tumpak Big Band Oral History Collection

Interviewee:
Cecil, Chuck, 1922-  Search this
Chiacco, Bob  Search this
Childers, Buddy, 1926-2007  Search this
Comstock, Frank  Search this
Bernardi, Ernani  Search this
Bernhart, Milt, 1926-2004  Search this
Camaratta, Tutti, 1913-2005  Search this
Heidt, Horace, Jr.  Search this
Hillman, Roc, 1910-  Search this
Jeffries, Herb  Search this
Jerome, Henry  Search this
Costanzo, Jack, 1922-  Search this
Cron, Rosalind  Search this
Duncan, Cleveland  Search this
Hanna, Jake  Search this
Alpert, Trigger, 1916-  Search this
Alexander, Van, 1915-  Search this
Simon, George Thomas  Search this
Shaw, Artie, 1910-2004  Search this
Sheils, Tom  Search this
Sesma, Chico  Search this
Sevano, Nick  Search this
Robertson, Alastair  Search this
Schwartz, Peggy  Search this
Tracey, Sheila  Search this
Tucker, Orrin  Search this
Stone, Butch  Search this
Tilton, Martha  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
Stevens, Garry  Search this
Spear, Sam  Search this
Stafford, Jo  Search this
LaPorta, John  Search this
Kitchens, Mildred  Search this
King, Donna  Search this
King, Dick  Search this
Kahn, Donald, 1918-2008  Search this
Rey, Alvino, 1908-2004  Search this
Pinches, Barbara Knowles  Search this
O'Neill, Dolores, 1917-  Search this
Miller, Bill  Search this
May, Billy  Search this
Mandel, Johnny  Search this
Malone, Raymond J.  Search this
Wain, Bea  Search this
Wilson, Gerald, 1918-  Search this
Whiting, Margaret  Search this
Zarchy, Zeke, 1915-2009  Search this
Donor:
Tumpak, John R., 1940-  Search this
Names:
Beneke, Tex  Search this
Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941  Search this
Knowles, Legh  Search this
Leonard, Jack  Search this
Purtill, Maurice  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Oral history
Interviews
Articles
Audio cassettes
Date:
1995-2007
Scope and Contents:
Oral history interviews conducted by Tumpak with Big Band figures (listed below), and a set of articles he wrote based on the interviews.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Author and journalist on music subjects.
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center by John Tumpak in 2010.
Restrictions:
Collection open for research on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Big band music  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history -- 1990-2000
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Articles
Audio cassettes -- 1990-2000
Audio cassettes -- 2000-2010
Citation:
John R. Tumpak Big Band Oral History Collection, 1995-2007, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1215
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1215

Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own; I'll Never Be Free

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1950
ID Number:
2015.3005.894
Nonaccession number:
2015.3005
Catalog number:
2015.3005.894
Maker number:
1124
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-5e0d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1799594

Today's Top Hits Volume X

Recording artist:
Paul, Les  Search this
Ford, Mary  Search this
Hunt, Pee Wee  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
O'Connell, Helen  Search this
Sinatra, Frank  Search this
Cole, Nat King  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1953
ID Number:
2015.0215.0324
Accession number:
2015.0215
Catalog number:
2015.0215.0324
Maker number:
H-9115
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9a5f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1800186

Top Hits of '54 Volume I

Recording artist:
Sinatra, Frank  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
Cole, Nat King  Search this
Paul, Les  Search this
Ford, Mary  Search this
Martin, Dean  Search this
Four Knights  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1954
ID Number:
2015.0215.0325
Accession number:
2015.0215
Catalog number:
2015.0215.0325
Maker number:
H-9117
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-9a60-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1800187

Fool, Fool, Fool; Kay's Lament

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1952
ID Number:
2002.0393.42
Maker number:
2151
Accession number:
2002.0393
Catalog number:
2002.0393.42
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-56bd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1193135

Losers, Weepers

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Manufacturer:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in; x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Date made:
1960
Credit Line:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music
ID Number:
2000.3053.1230
Nonaccession number:
2000.3053
Catalog number:
2000.3053.1230
Label number:
T 1303
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-d209-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1024217

Foolin' Around; Kay's Lament

Artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Manufacturer:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.07467
Accession number:
1996.3034
Label number:
4542
Catalog number:
1996.3034.07467
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-9b4a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1009441

I Wanna Love You; Wheel Of Fortune

Artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Manufacturer:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.07465
Accession number:
1996.3034
Label number:
F1964
Catalog number:
1996.3034.07465
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-a956-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1009574

Noah!; Side By Side

Artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Manufacturer:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Credit Line:
Robert B. Campbell in memory of Dorothy and William Campbell
ID Number:
1996.3034.07466
Accession number:
1996.3034
Label number:
F2334
Catalog number:
1996.3034.07466
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-a95d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1009583

Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own; I'll Never Be Free

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1950
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.27870
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.27870
Collector/donor number:
244
Maker number:
1124
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-37df-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397220

Oceans Of Tears; You're My Sugar

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1951
Subject:
Music  Search this
ID Number:
1996.0320.27871
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.27871
Collector/donor number:
1151
Maker number:
1567
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-37e0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1397221

Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own; I'll Never Be Free

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1950
ID Number:
1996.0320.08281
Collector/donor number:
6426
Maker number:
F1124
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.08281
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-7df3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1273957

Oceans Of Tears; You're My Sugar

Recording artist:
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1951
ID Number:
1996.0320.08282
Collector/donor number:
3234
Maker number:
F1567
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.08282
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-9598-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1273958

I'll Never Be Free / You're My Sugar; Ocean Of Tears / Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Ford, Tennessee Ernie  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 in; x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles, Hollywood
Date made:
1955
ID Number:
1996.0320.08283
Collector/donor number:
6432
Maker number:
EAP 1-621
Accession number:
1996.0320
Catalog number:
1996.0320.08283
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-7ecd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1273959

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone; A Game Of Broken Hearts

Recording artist:
Starr, Kay  Search this
Maker:
Capitol  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
Object Name:
Sound Recording
Place made:
United States
Date made:
1950
ID Number:
1991.0305.155
Maker number:
792
Accession number:
1991.0305
Catalog number:
1991.0305.155
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-a3a6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1200339

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