GERSHWIN, GEORGE. 1898-1937.
Autograph Sentiment Signed (George Gershwin), on cover of published sheet music for Shall We Dance. New York: Chappell, 1937. 4to. Wraps. Bound in green morocco album with other Photostat and printed sheet music, with printed label to upper cover reading Argyle Nelson / Gay Divorce [sic] / Top Hat / I Wont Dance / Swing Time / Shall We Dance. Wear to cover and edges.
Inscription reads in full: For Argyle Nelson with sincere good wishes, George Gershwin, April 12, 1937. Argyle Nelson was an assistant director at RKO during the 1930s and worked on most of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals of the period. This album includes working copies of the tunes Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, Cheek to Cheek, Night and Day, The Continental, A Fine Romance, The Way You Look Tonight, Never Gonna Dance, and other tunes by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and other popular songwriters of the day. Songs are organized in the album by project and films are often referred to by their working title (I Wont Dance for Swing Time, Gay Divorce for The Gay Divorcee). A few songs feature penciled notations indicating they were used in production.