The cover tells us that the “cover girl” is Francis Dean. Nothing more is known about her but we can assume that she was hired for the day, maybe half a day, photographed, promised riches and success and who knows what else. We’d like to think she had a good life. Do you know Francis Dean? Tell us more if you do or did, we’d love to include it here.
There are few people in the western world who are not familiar with the melodies of Irving Berlin, one of the great composers of popular music. He was born in South Russia on nth May;1888, just seventy years ago, and was the eighth child of a cantor named Moses Baline. Early in life he left Russia to emigrate to the United States, and his first introduction to `show business’ was when he took a job leading, and singing with, a blind fiddler called “Blind Sol”. Not long after he began working as a singing waiter in New York, and it was at this time that he wrote a time called “Marie from sunny Italy”, which was published in 1907. When one considers that this was the first of over eight hundred so, that he has written, and that it earned him exactly 37 cents in royalties, it is doubtful if Mr. Berlin himself could foresee the fabulous millions that he was to earn from his music in the years to follow.
Label: Columbia 33SX1109