Alan Schneider Papers, 1929-1980

Container Title
U.S. Mss 32AN
Part 2 (U.S. Mss 32AN, Audio 1413A, Disc 233A, PH 6617): Additions, 1922-1980
Physical Description: 2.6 c.f. (5 archives boxes, 1 half-size record center carton, and 1 oversize folder), 41 disc recordings, 6 open-reel tapes, and 76 photographs 
Scope and Content Note

Taken out of the context of the existing Coots papers, the coverage of the additions appears incomplete, even scattershot; this is true, however, only of some of the later material. The scattershot quality is balanced by the large quantity of song manuscripts and lyric typescripts, few of which were included in the original collection. It is further offset by the diversity and complexity of the material, which invokes the names of a plethora of well-known show business and creative personalities and publishers, and documents the wide variety of Coots's activities and interests. This material by and large reflects Coots's professional persona; his personal life is not particularly well-represented here.

The CORRESPONDENCE series (1942-1980, undated; bulk 1962-1980) is arranged in chronological order and consists primarily of letters and cards written to Coots by colleagues and other business contacts, as well as by people he met during his professional and personal travels. Aside from business-related correspondence, there are many letters from admirers expressing appreciation for his performances, and from colleagues expressing gratitude for his support and admiration of their own activities. There is little in the way of sustained correspondence between Coots and any one individual, but songwriting collaborators and numerous other well-known figures - Richard Rogers, Anthony Newley, and Arthur Treacher, to name a few - are represented. There is little in the way of outgoing correspondence from Coots himself, but his sense of humor is evident in his exchange with the Superior Songwriters Service of Hollywood, in which he represented himself (under a pseudonym) as an aspiring songwriter in search of assistance and willing to pay for it.

The CREATIVE WORKS series (1939-1971, undated; bulk 1950-1971) consists of four subseries: Song Manuscripts and Lyric Typescripts, Musicals, Published Sheet Music, and Other Creative Writing. The first two of these are further subdivided. A detailed listing of the songs included in this series, ordered alphabetically, can be found in Appendix 1.

The Song Manuscripts and Lyric Typescripts subseries is by far the largest grouping in the collection. The documents in this subseries are of four different types: (1) autograph pencil manuscripts, usually in the form of lead sheets or sketches of songs; (2) transparencies (also known as “onionskins”) intended for limited reproduction - these consist of fair copies of lead sheets, possibly made by Coots himself in some cases, otherwise by professional music copyists; (3) reproductions produced from such transparencies; and (4) lyric typescripts. Few songs in the collection are represented by all four types of documents; in a number of cases, only lyric typescripts - often by lyricists other than Coots himself - are present. Note also that in some cases, one manuscript may designate Coots as the sole composer of a song, while other, presumably later song material will attribute the text to another lyricist. Many of these documents indicate copyright dates, sometimes modified, often shifting as rights were passed from composer to various publishers over time: in many cases, Coots's own publishing entity, Toy Town Tunes, Inc., received the copyright. Other documents contain no attribution, although it seems likely that Coots himself is the composer in the case of manuscripts written in his hand. A small amount of pertinent correspondence is included in this subseries; some of the songs are further complemented by recordings in the Audio Materials series. Besides songs and sketches, there are included a few arrangements or medleys of works by other songwriters, as well as commercial songs or jingles written by Coots for companies such as Chrysler, Seagram's, Singer Sewing Machine, Simmons Cruises, and Old Gold Cigarettes. These commercial attempts were not always successful, as can be seen in the case of Coots's proposed theme song for the 1950s children's television program, Captain Kangaroo; a similar case may be the song “D.J. Ghost,” which represents an attempt by Coots to write rock 'n roll, a style he despised. Coots wrote a few of his songs under various pseudonyms; these are clearly intended as jokes.

This subseries is divided into three headings, with the songs in each division ordered alphabetically by title: General, further subdivided by lyricist(s) and/or cowriter(s); French and British Collaboration; and “Kiddie” Songs.

The French and British Collaboration consists primarily of correspondence and a small amount of song material, and includes an itinerary and travel information for an American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) European tour taken by Coots and his wife, Marjorie. The presence of the travel material among the other documents in the heading and the timing of the tour suggest that French and British contacts for the professional activity documented here might have been made or at least solidified during this tour.

In this collaboration, Coots provided English language lyrics to at least two songs represented by Publications Francis-Day in Paris; he also received French language lyrics to one of his own tunes, “Bonsoir, cherie.” As is sometimes the case with correspondence in this collection, well-known performers - in this case, Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis - are mentioned as possible performers of the material in question.

As language was not an issue in the U.K., the British collaboration involves representation by Robbins Music Corporation, Ltd. of London in the attempted recording and release of a few of the songs included in the General song heading; later correspondence documenting the continued relationship between Coots and Robbins Music Corporation can be found in the Correspondence series. The correspondence reflects the difficulty at that point in time - the so-called “British Invasion” of the U.S. by groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones - of selling the older style of popular song exemplified by Coots's writing, likely a contributing factor to Coots's negative attitude towards the rock 'n roll genre (interestingly, one of the A&R men who was to be shown Coots's songs was George Martin, whose later production of the Beatles had a profound influence on their style).

The “Kiddie” Songs heading includes not only manuscripts and typescripts, but a few pieces as well of published sheet music, a songbook, and a large number of American and Canadian copyright assignments and other documentation of copyright status.

The Musicals subseries is divided into the headings “If I Were Queen” and “Pardon My Glove.” The former represents Coots's collaboration with poet Ogden Nash on a musical (book by Polan Banks and William Gaxton) that never quite came to pass. Included are two versions of a synopsis, a story treatment, and song materials, including pencil manuscripts of some of the lyrics. An open-reel demo tape of some of the songs is included in the Audio Materials series. The latter musical was a collaboration between Coots, Edward Eager, and Jerry Leng on a musical version of the Lynn Root and Harry Clark play, The Milky Way. Included are song materials and Leng's contract with Coots and Eager, but nothing in the way of a script or synopsis. Note that a number of the songs and sketches included in the Song Manuscripts and Lyric Typescripts subseries appear to have been written in connection with possible musicals, but none as well fleshed-out as these two.

The Published Sheet Music subseries consists of publications of a number of Coots's songs, as well as a handful of arrangements of his songs for groups such as dance bands and barbershop quartets. More complete information on these publications can be found in Appendix 3.

The Other Creative Writing subseries consists largely of story typescripts written under pseudonyms such as J. Haybeus Corpus, R.U. Withit, Rieger Mortiss, and Harlequin Fandancer. In a more serious vein is a typescript of a children's story and a TV script idea intended for Sid Caesar.

The RIGHTS ASSIGNMENTS AND RELEASES series (1944-1974; bulk 1961-1974) is quite incomplete. It is ordered chronologically and includes documents assigning rights to only five of Coots's songs: “His Hand Is on Your Shoulder,” “It's Too Early to Tell, “ “Stay Home, Little Girl,” “Whistlin' Jim,” and “You Happened to Me.” The series also includes a 1944 Certificate of Copyright Registration for renewal of “Where Are the Girlies of My Childhood Days” (original copyright, 1917). Other documents include a few releases for the use of Coots's songs and/or performances in various media projects; an agreement “divorcing” three of Coots's co-written songs from their lyrics; and a renewal agreement continuing the assignment of a portion of Coots's royalties on certain songs in payment of a promissory note, signed off on by Coots's wife and four children.

The PERSONAL APPEARANCES series (1931-1972; bulk 1956-1967) consists of contracts, travel itineraries, and documentation of a few non-contract appearances; all are ordered chronologically. The contracts are primarily between Coots's agent, W. Colton Leigh, Inc. and various organizations (businesses, clubs, schools, and so forth) for Coots's lecture-recital appearances around the U.S. Related correspondence and contract renewals with Coots's agent are included, as is correspondence from employing organizations and individual audience members, generally expressing appreciation for Coots's performances. News items reporting on some of these performances can also be found in the Newspaper Clippings series. Documentation of payment for these appearances, as well as some of the travel expenses incurred and their reimbursement, can be found in the Financial Records series.

The travel itineraries document the road trips Coots took in connection with these contracted personal appearances. A few other (non-contract) appearances are documented by a passenger list and daily programs from a cruise on which Coots was one of the entertainers; a press release indicating Coots's participation in an event designed to encourage polio immunization of pre-schoolers; a program from a Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser that included a Salute to ASCAP in which Coots participated along with Cy Coleman, Johnny Mercer, and Jule Styne, among others; and other materials that reflect performances by Coots.

The FINANCIAL RECORDS series (1926-1975; bulk 1957-1975) consists of general records, performance and royalty records from the Association of Songwriters, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP), royalty records from individual publishers, and appearance fees and expenses. All are ordered chronologically. General records are few in number and consist primarily of items such as loan documents, rental agreements, proposals for business investments, a receipt for the purchase of a piano, and a 1926 stock certificate from the Wrigley Pharmaceutical Company, together with its conveying correspondence.

Performance and royalty records from ASCAP are divided into domestic records and foreign records. The former consist of (mostly quarterly) domestic performance records, copies of checks/check stubs documenting the amount paid to Coots in royalties as a result of performances and broadcasts of his songs, and a small amount of related correspondence from ASCAP; also included is an IRS Form 1099 from ASCAP for the year 1936. The latter consist of (mostly semiannual) check stubs documenting the amount of foreign royalties paid to Coots, including information on the countries and years involved. The individual publishers' records consist primarily of royalty statements for the years 1971-1972 only, from music publishers such as Leo Feist, Inc., Bourne Company, and Robbins Music Corporation.

Appearance fees and expenses consist of check stubs or duplicates of checks/stubs, plus invoices detailing expenses incurred that were charged against or credited to Coots's personal appearance fees, along with related correspondence.

The NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS series (1924-1979; bulk 1960-1975) consist of clippings relating to Coots, “Famous Flops,” other show business clippings, and non-show business clippings. Clippings relating to Coots include notices and descriptions of his activities, mostly professional but including notices of his marriage to Marjorie. Later clippings provide additional evidence of Coots's negative attitude towards rock 'n roll. One telling quote from a 1963 article: “[Coots's] publishers say his work is 'too good - the kids won't buy it'.”

“Famous Flops” - so-labeled by Coots himself - are all clippings of articles about the 1965 Broadway musical Kelly, which cost $650,000 to mount and survived for only one performance. Judging from the manner in which this material was received, Coots may have intended to add documentation of other failed productions but never did so. Other show business clippings include news items and features about, and obituaries of, Coots's colleagues, collaborators, and other show business people, including such figures as Haven Gillespie, Dorothy Fields, Groucho Marx, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Noel Coward, Sammy Cahn, and even Ludwig van Beethoven. Notices and reviews of Broadway shows are also included.

The non-show business clippings provide context to the collection through their documentation of Coots's non-professional interest in such activities and subjects as horse racing, opera, European travel, personal financial planning, successful women (novelist George Eliot, jockey Barbara Jo Rubin), boxing, and politics.

The CERTIFICATES, AWARDS, AND OTHER MEMORABILIA series (1922-1975; bulk 1960-1975) consists of both professional and personal material. Professional material includes Coots's certificate of election to membership in ASCAP in 1922 and a subsequent 1972 certificate celebrating his 50th anniversary in that organization. There is also documentation of his activity as a member and president of the American Arbitration Association. Also included are memorabilia such as a gold-plated portable typewriter presented to Coots by Tin Pan Alley T.V., a program that last aired in 1950; and an autographed copy of Henry Kane's How to Write a Song (1962), which includes a chapter on Coots. Documentation of the earlier portion of Coots's career includes an Imperial Theatre (Shubert Theatre Corporation) program booklet from 1930, a copy of Guy Magley's Down Memory Lane (undated) that includes extracts of vaudeville programs from 1914-1926, and a copy of music publisher Bourne, Inc.'s 1919-1956 catalog, which includes a number of Coots's songs.

Personal material includes travel-related memorabilia and souvenirs, genealogical information, programs of concerts unrelated to Coots's professional activities, and certificates documenting Coots's membership in organizations such as the Westchester Country Club and The Old Grand-Dad Club.

The PHOTOGRAPHS (1937-1975, undated) include portraits of Coots and photographs taken with professional colleagues; personal and family pictures; vacation photographs; and a few striking photographs not directly related to Coots. One photograph of particular interest is a panorama shot taken at the 1940 New York World's Fair and entitled “'Cavalcade of American Musicians' sponsored by ASCAP.”

The AUDIO MATERIALS (1950-1972; bulk 1950-1957) series is divided by format into two subseries, Disc Recordings and Open Reel Tape Recordings. The Disc Recordings are further subdivided into Demo Recordings and Commercial Releases. The Demo Recordings heading presents realization of a number of Coots's songs, as well as of two of the French songs for which he was to provide English lyrics. The Commercial Releases heading consists of a long-play album (And Then I Wrote...) of Coots's songs strung together with autobiographical commentary; and a number of rare 45 and 78 RPM recordings of his songs, a few of which are of foreign provenance. Except in the case of the album, Coots's songs generally appear on only one side of a disc; songs written by others are often on the other side. More complete information on these recordings can be found in Appendix 1.

The Open Reel Tape Recordings subseries consists of demo recordings of Coots's songs, of radio interviews of Coots by Jim McClain (“Dr. IQ”), of a performance by Coots at a Songwriters' Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and of a tribute to Coots at the ceremony in which he was himself inducted in 1972.

Series: Correspondence
Box   10
Folder   1-2
1942-1980, undated
Series: Creative Works
Subseries: Song Manuscripts and Lyric Typescripts
General
J. Fred Coots, 1939-1971, undated
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Al Jolson Music Memorial” (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   3
“Alexander's Ragtime Band” (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   3
“And I Thought of You”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Bambino”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Baskin' Out in the Sun”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Be My Lovin' Baby”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Before I Saw You Eat”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Blame It All on Georgia”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Call of the Wild”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Cat in a Birdcage”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Caught in a Cloudburst of Love”
Box   10
Folder   3
“A Change of Scenery”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Cheers”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Come Back to Roma”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Connecticut State Police”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Copenhagen Polka”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Cora's in the Chorus”
Note: See “Sally's in the Chorus”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Cornet on the Cob”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Curtain Falls”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Dale Sutton Medley (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   3
“Dark Glasses”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Donna Marie”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Don't Make a Human Out of Me”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Dream Street”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Drink, Drink, Drink”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Ev'rybody's Falling in Love”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Fall in Love”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Farmer Gray”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Florence Nightingale”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Florida”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Follow the Flag of Freedom”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Forgotten Melody”
Box   10
Folder   3
“French”
Note: See also “I Feel Like Dancing with You To-Night”
Box   10
Folder   3
“French Tune”
Note: See “The Night Has Eyes”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Gay Divorcee”
Box   10
Folder   3
“German Bierstuben Valse”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Get Acquainted with an Old Gold Cigarette”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Girls I Met in Gay Paree”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Good-Night, Good Friends”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Good Waltz”
Note: See “Come Back to Roma”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Goodbye My Love”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Guest Star”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Happiest Guy in the World”
Box   10
Folder   3
“A Heaven on the Hill”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Here Comes Marie”
Note: See “I Feel Like Dancing with You To-Night”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Here Comes the Summertime”
Box   10
Folder   3
“High Society Jimmy”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Horn and Hardart”
Box   10
Folder   3
“How Can I Tell You (How Much I Love You)”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Can Hear Those Christmas Bells”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Feel I'm Falling in Love with You”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Feel Like Dancing with You To-Night”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Hope She'll Be Happy”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Hope There's Room for One More”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Love You - You Love Me”
Note: See “Forgotten Melody”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I Thank You”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I'd Be So Happy”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I'd Rather Be Alone”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I'll Come to You”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I'm Gonna Change It All”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Irving Berlin Story in Song” (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   3
“It Takes All Kinds of People”
Box   10
Folder   3
“It Takes the Moonlight (For Making Love)”
Box   10
Folder   3
“It Was Written in the Stars”
Box   10
Folder   3
“It's Wonderful to Be in Love Again”
Box   10
Folder   3
“It's You”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I've Got My Arms Wrapped around a Rainbow”
Box   10
Folder   3
“I've Really Some Very Nice Friends”
Box   10
Folder   3
“The Jack Arthur Medley” (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   3
“Kleinchen”
Box   10
Folder   3
“Klondike Mary”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Let a Jane Mansfield Dream Pool (Make All Your Dreams Come True)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Let My Lips Remember You”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Let's Back Jack”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Let's Bake a Cake
Box   10
Folder   4
“Let's Have a Party”
Box   10
Folder   4
“The Lighthouse Keeper
Box   10
Folder   4
“The Little Dutch Girl”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Little Red Riding Hood on Broadway”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Losing You”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Louie's Ermine Wrap”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Love”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Love Is - “
Box   10
Folder   4
“Love, Love, Beautiful Love”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Love Me - Love Me - Love Me”
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled (“The Man with the Fiddle and the Bow Tie”)
Box   10
Folder   4
“Manhattan Mountaineer”
Box   10
Folder   4
“March Ensemble (opening)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Middle Release”
Box   10
Folder   4
“The Million Dollar Hat”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Mine to Love”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Mister Branigan”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Mon Homme LaFitte”
Box   10
Folder   4
“The More I See You, the More I Know”
Note: See “Cat in a Birdcage”
Box   10
Folder   4
“My Heart (Keeps Calling Your Heart)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“My Little Lady (Has a Coat that Grows)” [Coatcraft]
Box   10
Folder   4
“Old Fashioned Song Medley” (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   4
“Old Gold” [cigarette]
Box   10
Folder   4
“Old Gold” [cigarette]
Note: See “An Old Gold Is Like an Old Friend”
Box   10
Folder   4
“An Old Gold Is Like an Old Friend”
Box   10
Folder   4
“On the Ten-o-Ten (for Ten-Ten-Tennessee)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Oo-la-la Cecile”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Paradise Island”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Please Save the Last Waltz for Me”
Note: See “I Feel Like Dancing with You To-Night”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Paree!”
Note: See “Love, Love, Beautiful Love”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Production Valse”
Note: See “The Little Dutch Girl”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Pussy Cat Jamboree”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Rollin' Stone”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Rosie O'Clooney”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Sail with Simmons (And See the Sea)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Sally's in the Chorus”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Seagram's Extra Dry”
Box   10
Folder   4
“The Sid Gary Story”
Note: See “Tin Pan Alley Serenade”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Silhouette Sweetheart”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Simmons Follies”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Soliloquy of a Somnambulist”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Splitsville”
Note: See “Let My Lips Remember You”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Stay Home, Little Girl, Stay Home”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Strange Faces”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Sunday School Sweetheart”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Suzanne”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Tell Me You Love Me”
Box   10
Folder   4
“That's What It Takes to Make a Star”
Box   10
Folder   4
“That's What Little Girls Are Made For”
Box   10
Folder   4
“That's What Love Is Made of”
Box   10
Folder   4
“There Goes That Girl”
Box   10
Folder   4
“There Must Be Somebody for Me”
Box   10
Folder   4
“There's Only One Way to Say I Love You”
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled (“They're Not Writing Songs Like They Used to Anymore”)
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled (“They're So Cantankerous”)
Box   10
Folder   4
“This Is Your Show (Finale)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“This Night in Venice with You”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Three Hundred Pounds Ago”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Till We Love Again”
Note: See “Cat in a Birdcage”
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled (“Tin Pan Alley on Parade”) (arrangement)
Box   10
Folder   4
“Tin Pan Alley Serenade” (also known as “The Sid Gary Story”)
Box   10
Folder   4
“Tony Spagoni”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Touché”
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled tune
Box   10
Folder   4
“Valse Production”
Note: See “Cat in a Birdcage”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Wait'll You See My Sweetie and Me in My Chrysler Automobile”
Box   10
Folder   4
“We're the Gals Behind the Guys Behind the Guns”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Western”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Western Song”
Note: See “Cat in a Birdcage”
Box   10
Folder   4
“What's Gonna Happen to the Beautiful Girls?”
Box   10
Folder   4
“When Angelina Shakes her Tamborina”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Where the Spanish Onions Grow”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Wherever You Are at Christmas (I'll Be There with You)”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Whistle'n Jim”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Who Am I? Who Are You?”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Winter in Washington Square”
Box   10
Folder   4
“The Witch Song”
Box   10
Folder   4
“With All My Heart and Soul”
Box   10
Folder   4
“With My Song”
Box   10
Folder   4
“You Meet the Nicest People at the Race Track”
Box   10
Folder   4
untitled (“You're Only As Good As Your Material”)
Box   10
Folder   4
“You're Here”
Note: See “Forgotten Melody”
Box   10
Folder   4
“Yours Could Be the Love”
J. Fred Coots with Edward Eager, undated, 1955-1959
Box   10
Folder   5
“Arizona”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Cheerful Weather for the Wedding”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Goodbye Stranger”
Box   10
Folder   5
“It's Twelve O'Clock, My Love”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Java Jive”
Box   10
Folder   5
“The Lady with the Big Black Cigar”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Love in a Mist”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Love on Top of a Bus”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Love Opened My Eyes”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Mignonette”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Mud in Your Eye”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Passion Fruit”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Rings on Her Finger”
Box   10
Folder   5
“She Walks in Beauty”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Sigh No More, Ladies”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Slumming on Miami's Shore
Box   10
Folder   5
“Someone Lovely Just Passed By”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Sugar Cane”
Box   10
Folder   5
“Whistlin' Girl”
J. Fred Coots with Walt Framer, undated, 1953-1956
Box   10
Folder   6
“The Greatest Man on Earth”
Box   10
Folder   6
“It's Never Too Warm to Wear Mink”
Box   10
Folder   6
“Let's Take a Holiday for Two”
Box   10
Folder   6
“Love Is the Pay Off”
J. Fred Coots with Gene and Glenn, undated
Box   10
Folder   7
“Send Her Some Flowers”
Box   10
Folder   7
“Side by Side by the Beautiful Seaside”
Box   10
Folder   7
“Sweethearts in the Summer (Strangers in the Fall)”
Box   10
Folder   7
“To-day, To-night and To-morrow”
Box   10
Folder   7
“Toodle-oodle-oo”
Box   10
Folder   7
“When I Get Back to Caroline”
J. Fred Coots with Haven Gillespie, 1957-1967
Box   10
Folder   8
“Christmas Doll”
Box   10
Folder   8
“Sing”
Box   10
Folder   8
“The Wine of Love”
Box   10
Folder   8
“You Happened to Me”
J. Fred Coots with Nick and Charles Kenny, 1956-1957
Box   10
Folder   9
“I'd Like to Find You in My Stocking”
Box   10
Folder   9
“If You Could Care a Little Bit More for Me”
Box   10
Folder   9
“Where Are You Gonna Go on Your Vacation?”
J. Fred Coots with Bill Margaretten, undated, 1956-1962
Box   10
Folder   10
“Another Night, Another Dream”
Note: See “High as a Kite”
Box   10
Folder   10
“But Not So Long in My Heart”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Cha Cha Cha Romance”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Here Comes Love and Kisses”
Note: See “High as a Kite”
Box   10
Folder   10
“High as a Kite”
Box   10
Folder   10
“I Like Your Attitude”
Box   10
Folder   10
“I'm Looking Forward”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Love Is Just a Dream Away”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Love Me Fortissimo”
Box   10
Folder   10
“May I Walk You Home?”
Box   10
Folder   10
“The Sweetest Words”
Note: See “High as a Kite”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Today's the Day”
Box   10
Folder   10
“When the Last Little Star Goes Home”
Note: See “High as a Kite”
Box   10
Folder   10
“When You're All Alone in Love”
Box   10
Folder   10
“Yours to Love”
J. Fred Coots with Ogden Nash, 1960, undated
Box   10
Folder   11
“Incompatibility”
Box   10
Folder   11
“Matador”
J. Fred Coots with Al J. Neiburg, 1956-1964, undated
Box   10
Folder   12
“Bonsoir, Cheri”
Box   10
Folder   12
“I'm Gonna Spread My Wings”
Box   10
Folder   12
“In a Cup of Tea Leaves”
Box   10
Folder   12
“It's Too Early to Tell”
Box   10
Folder   12
“Nineteen Hundred and Sixty”
Box   10
Folder   12
“Sad and Sorry”
Box   10
Folder   12
“Seeing You with Somebody Else”
J. Fred Coots with Charles Newman, 1951-1959, undated
Box   10
Folder   13
“Dream on, My Hopeful Heart”
Box   10
Folder   13
“Forty Eight Sweethearts”
Box   10
Folder   13
“Hermit in the Heart of Town”
Box   10
Folder   13
“I'm Building Castles Again”
Box   10
Folder   13
“In Cin-Cin-Cincinnati”
Box   10
Folder   13
“My Apple Pie Guy”
Box   10
Folder   13
“My New Romance”
Box   10
Folder   13
“My Waltz”
J. Fred Coots with Maurice Sigler, 1956-1959, undated
Box   10
Folder   14
“Don't Wait Too Long”
Box   10
Folder   14
“It Was Fun While It Lasted”
Box   10
Folder   14
“Man about Town”
Box   10
Folder   14
“My Chickadee”
Box   10
Folder   14
“Quality Folks”
Box   10
Folder   14
“There's a Lull in Lullaby Lane”
Box   10
Folder   14
“When I Wanna Woo (I Go to You for Love)”
J. Fred Coots with other lyricists/cowriters, 1952-1964, undated
Box   11
Folder   1
“All Suit! No Man!”
Box   11
Folder   1
“A Ball Was Had by All”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Along the Prado”
Box   11
Folder   1
“As Long as I've a Song to Sing”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Can't Get You off My Mind”
Box   11
Folder   1
“(Holy Jeepers Creepers) Can't We Ever Be Alone?”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Chicken Croquettes”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Corn Meal Mush and Sorghum Molasses”
Box   11
Folder   1
“The Curtain Is Falling”
Box   11
Folder   1
“D.J. Ghost”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Esmeralda Has a Date”
Box   11
Folder   1
“The Fisherman's Bride”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Give Your Heart to Me for Christmas”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Got Me a Blue-Eyed Baby”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Hank, the Whip”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Have You No Pity on Me?”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Heap Big Drip from the Cherokee Strip”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Helas!”
Box   11
Folder   1
“His Hand Is on Your Shoulder”
Box   11
Folder   1
“If They Made Me”
Box   11
Folder   1
“I'm Not Here”
Box   11
Folder   1
“In the Old Rope Swing”
Box   11
Folder   1
“In Your Eyes”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Is It Just for To-Night? (Or Is It Forever?)”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Let's Go Over to Charlie's Before We Say Goodnight”
Box   11
Folder   1
“A Little Café in Calais”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Mary, Go 'Round with Me”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Monte Carlo Calling”
Box   11
Folder   1
“The Moon on the Nurs'ry Floor”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Moonlight in Madrid”
Box   11
Folder   1
“More than Wonderful”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Music to My Ears”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Must I Be Bound (And You Go Free)”
Note: See “My Heart (Keeps Calling Your Heart)”
Box   11
Folder   1
“The Night Has Eyes”
Box   11
Folder   1
“On a Little Street in Napoli”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Our Escapade”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Sing to Your Heart's Content”
Box   11
Folder   1
“So I'll Never Be a Millionaire”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Somebody Stole That Old Sweetheart of Mine”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Song of the Sewing Machine” [Singer]
Box   11
Folder   1
“Thanks For the Use of Your Heart”
Box   11
Folder   1
“That Mysterious Lady Called Love”
Box   11
Folder   1
“There Goes My Runaway Heart”
Box   11
Folder   1
“This Feelin' for You”
Box   11
Folder   1
“To Have, to Hold, to Love!”
Box   11
Folder   1
“To-night I'll Kiss “Hello” Again”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Trade Me Your Heart”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Ty Cobb (The Georgia “Peach”)”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Underneath the “Kiss'l-Toe””
Box   11
Folder   1
“When We're Together”
Box   11
Folder   1
“The World Is Waiting to Sing Again”
Box   11
Folder   1
“Wrap Up Your Worries in a Great Big Smile”
Box   11
Folder   1
“You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop”
Box   11
Folder   1
“You Waited Too Long”
Box   11
Folder   1
“You're Making Headlines”
French and British Collaboration, 1962-1964
Box   11
Folder   2
“Bonsoir, cherie”
Box   11
Folder   2
“Mon paradis”
Box   11
Folder   2
“J'ai tant marché”
Box   11
Folder   2
“Parce qu'un homme”
Box   11
Folder   2
“This Was a Man”
“Kiddie” Songs, 1950-1965
Box   11
Folder   3
“All Around the Christmas Tree”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Apple on a Stick”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Bongo the Camel”
Box   11
Folder   3
“A Boy in Buckskin (and a Gal in Calico)”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Butch, the Rocking Horse Cowboy”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Captain Kangaroo”
Box   11
Folder   3
“A Cowboy Is a Son of God”
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Cuckoo in the Cuckoo Clock”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Custard the Dragon”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Don't Worry, Peter”
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Ephraham the Bunny”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Give My Doggie a Name”
Box   11
Folder   3
“Here Come the Bunnies on Parade”
Box   11
Folder   3
“I Can't Spell Hippopotamus”
Box   11
Folder   3
“I Hope Santa Claus Don't Forget Me”
Box   11
Folder   3
“I Love My Mommy Best of All”
Box   11
Folder   3
“I Wish I Had an Elephant”
Box   11
Folder   3
“I Wish I Was a Bunny”
Box   11
Folder   3
“In the Land of Lemonade and Lollipops”
Box   11
Folder   3
“It's Fun to Own a Pony”
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   3
“It's Great to Have a Pony for a Pal”
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   4
“The Lady in the Clock”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Goldie Goldfish”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Johnny Jelly Beans”
Box   11
Folder   4
“The Little Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Pete the Parakeet”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Peter Potter (and His Little Teeter Totter)”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Polly Parakeet”
Box   11
Folder   4
“The Little Tin Soldier (And the Little Toy Drum)”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Little Tommy Tattle-Tale”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Me and My Puppy Dog”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Me and My Teddy Bear”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Monkey See - Monkey Do”
Box   11
Folder   4
“My Dolly and Me”
Box   11
Folder   4
“My Oompah-pah Pa-Pa”
Box   11
Folder   4
“My Pony's Name Is “Peanut””
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Nina the Ballerina”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Ozzie the Ostrich”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Peter and the Pony”
Note: Includes story typescript.
Box   11
Folder   4
“Pony on the Merry-Go-Round”
Box   11
Folder   4
“Poor Peter Piper (Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers)”
Box   11
Folder   4
“The Pop Eye Song”
Box   11
Folder   5
“The Santa Claus Parade”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Santa's Little Helper”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Santa's Prayer”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Squee-Gee (The Happy Little Clown)”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Sunrise on a Mountain Trail”
Note: See “Peter and the Pony”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Sweet, Sweet Dreams To-night”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Sweetie Bear”
Box   11
Folder   5
“The Toy Town Parade”
Box   11
Folder   5
“The Toy Town Trolley”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Toy Town Tune Parade”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Toy Town Tune Time”
Box   11
Folder   5
Toy Town Tune Parade (A Collection of Original Children's Songs)
Box   11
Folder   5
“When the Teddy Bears Go Marching on Parade”
Box   11
Folder   5
“Why Don't Grownups Play with Toys?”
Subseries: Musicals
If I Were Queen, undated, 1954-1964
Box   11
Folder   6
“Cactus Country”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Call Me a Family Man”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Desdemona”
Box   11
Folder   6
“The Face Is Familiar”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Give a Man Enough Rope”
Box   11
Folder   6
“I Like to Play with a Putty Cat”
Box   11
Folder   6
“If I Were Queen”
Box   11
Folder   6
“It's a Promising Evening for Lovers”
Box   11
Folder   6
“I've Decided to Be a Grandma”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Kankakee”
Box   11
Folder   6
“The King's Day”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Love Is So Beaucoup Français”
Box   11
Folder   6
“More Than Wonderful”
Box   11
Folder   6
“No He-Man, He”
Box   11
Folder   6
“No Love But Yours”
Box   11
Folder   6
“R-E-P- Rep!”
Box   11
Folder   6
“Waltz with a Kiss”
Box   11
Folder   6
“We're All Washed Up in Washington
Pardon My Glove, undated, 1957
Box   11
Folder   7
“Along the Milky Way”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Allergic to You”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Bright April”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Follow Your Star”
Box   11
Folder   7
“It Didn't Happen”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Love's in the Room”
Box   11
Folder   7
“No Poet I”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Pardon My Glove”
Box   11
Folder   7
“People Who Come Out After Dark”
Box   11
Folder   7
“That...!”
Box   11
Folder   7
“This Is the Embassy”
Box   11
Folder   7
“A Waltz Without End”
Box   11
Folder   7
“Whodunit?”
Subseries: Published Sheet Music, 1928-1971
Box   12
Folder   1
“Balalaika Boogie Woogie”
Box   12
Folder   1
“A Beautiful Lady in Blue”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Bei Mama Nicolini”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Copper Colored Gal”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Doin' the Raccoon”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Dreams Were Made for Lovers”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Encore, Cherie”
Box   12
Folder   1
“For All We Know”
Box   12
Folder   1
“God Is My Friend”
Box   12
Folder   1
“If I Loved You More”
Box   12
Folder   1
“If I Loved You More”
Note: For mixed-voice chorus.
Box   12
Folder   1
“I'm Pally with Sally Again”
Box   12
Folder   1
“It's That Time of the Day”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Love Letters in the Sand”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Love Letters in the Sand”
Note: For school dance band.
Box   12
Folder   1
“Love Letters in the Sand”
Note: For barbershop quartet.
Box   12
Folder   1
“The Men in Meninak” (Marching song)
Note: Included in the Meninak 29th Annual Charity Game Program.
Box   12
Folder   1
“The Men in Meninak” (Marching song)
Note: Words and music, J. Fred Coots.
Box   12
Folder   1
“One Minute to One”
Box   12
Folder   1
“A Precious Little Thing Called Love”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Note: For organ.
Box   12
Folder   1
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Note: For dance band.
Box   12
Folder   1
“Sippin' Cider with My Ida (Down by the Zuyder Zee)”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Westchester Country Club Anniversary Song”
Box   12
Folder   1
“Why?”
Box   12
Folder   1
“With God's Hand in Mine”
Subseries: Other Creative Writing, undated
Box   12
Folder   2
“The Banquet”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Beware of Free Medical Advice”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Come to the Auction”
Box   12
Folder   2
“The De Gaule-Stone”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Doctor Davis”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Doctor Hippity Hoppity (A Story for Little Children)”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Here's Johnny”
Box   12
Folder   2
“The Incredible Edible”
Box   12
Folder   2
“The Little Giant”
Box   12
Folder   2
“The Merger”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Midget Golf Championship”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Mother Fukker”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Murder in Tin Pan Alley”
Box   12
Folder   2
“My Privvy Pal”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Now, You Can Take It with You”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Pratt-Keester Nuptials”
Box   12
Folder   2
“The Thing”
Box   12
Folder   2
“Where the Heck Is Charlie???”
Box   12
Folder   2
“With a Song in His Heart (TV Script Idea for Sid Caesar)”
Box   12
Folder   2
“World Population Control”
Box   12
Folder   3
Series: Rights Assignments/Releases, 1944-1974 (bulk 1961-1974)
Series: Personal Appearances
Box   12
Folder   4-5
Contracts, 1931-1967 (bulk 1956-1967)
Box   12
Folder   6
Travel Itineraries, 1960-1967
Box   12
Folder   7-8
Other Appearances, 1963, 1968, 1970-1972
Series: Financial Records
Box   12
Folder   9
General, 1926-1975 (bulk 1957-1975)
Box   13
Folder   1-2
Performance and Royalty Records - ASCAP (Domestic), 1936-1974
Box   13
Folder   3
Performance and Royalty Records - ASCAP (Foreign), 1961-1974
Box   13
Folder   4
Royalty Records - Individual Publishers, 1936, 1962, 1970-1971
Box   13
Folder   5
Appearance Fees and Expenses, 1956-1972
Series: Newspaper Clippings
Box   13
Folder   6-7
Relating to Coots, undated, 1924-1974 (bulk 1961-1974)
Box   13
Folder   8
“Famous Flops,” 1965
Box   13
Folder   9
Other Show Business, undated, 1962-1979 (bulk 1965-1975)
Box   13
Folder   10
Non-Show Business, undated, 1960-1965, 1972-1975
Series: Certificates, Awards, and Other Memorabilia
Box   14
Folder   1-2
Professional, undated, 1922, 1930, 1960-1972
Box   14
Folder   3-5
Personal, 1960-1975
Oversize Folder  
“The Old Grand-Dad Club,” 1965
Box   15
Typewriter, circa 1950
PH 6617
Series: Photographs
Oversize  
ASCAP panorama, 1940; Coots's portrait
Box   1
Folder   1
Personal
Box   1
Folder   2
Photo album
Box   1
Folder   3
Professional
Box   1
Folder   4
Vacation
Series: Audio Materials
Disc 233A
Subseries: Disc Recordings
Demo Recordings, 1963, undated
Disc 233A/40
“All Suit - No Man”/blank
Disc 233A/1
“Fred Coots Performance”/blank
Disc 233A/39
“Got Me a Blue Eyed Baby”/blank
Disc 233A/38
“Hansel and Gretel,” part 1/part 2
Disc 233A/37
“It's Never Too Warm to Wear Mink”/“The Curtain Falls”
Disc 233A/36
“It's Never Too Warm to Wear Mink”/blank
Disc 233A/2
“J'ai tant marché”/same, different performer
Disc 233A/35
“A Little Café in Calais”/blank
Disc 233A/3
“On a Little Street in Napoli”/”Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life”
Disc 233A/34
“Our Escapade”/blank
Disc 233A/4
“Paradise Island”/blank
Disc 233A/5
“Parce qu'un homme”/blank
Disc 233A/6
“Santa's Little Helper”/same
Disc 233A/33
“Wait Till You See My Sweetie and Me in My Chrysler Automobile”/blank
Disc 233A/31
“Why Let a Lie Break Your Heart”/blank
Disc 233A/32
“Why Let a Lie Break Your Heart”/blank
Disc 233A/30
“You Happened to Me”/blank
Disc 233A/20
“The World Is Waiting to Sing Again”/blank
Commercial Releases, 1950-1957, undated
Disc 233A/41
And Then I Wrote...
Scope and Content Note

Side One consists of the following songs: “Time Will Tell”; “Tomorrow's Another Day”; “Innocent Eyes”; “In My Little Red Book”; “The Promenade Walk”; “Remembering You”; “Put Your Troubles in a Candy Box”; “Oh What a Beautiful Baby (You Turned Out to Be)”; “Things Look Brighter Again”; “A Precious Little Thing Called Love”; “I Still Get a Thrill”; and “I Want to Ring Bells”

Side Two consists of the following songs: “Two Tickets to Georgia”; “One Minute to One”; “You Go to My Head”; “Why?”, “For All We Know”; “Me and My Teddy Bear”; “A Beautiful Lady in Blue”; “Love Letters in the Sand”; and “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town”

Disc 233A/29
“Apple on a Stick”/”All Around the Mulberry Bush”; “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”, “Bye, Baby Bunting”
Disc 233A/7
“For All We Know”/”I Wouldn't Know (What to Do)”
Disc 233A/28
“Hansel and Gretel”
Disc 233A/27
“Christmas Chopsticks”/“He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney”
Disc 233A/26
“The Smile of a Clown”/“I'm Afraid to Love You”
Disc 233A/8
“I'm Building Castles Again”/”Don't Fence Me In”
Disc 233A/25
“Some Day My Prince Will Come”/“In the Land of Lemonade and Lollypops”
Disc 233A/9
“J'ai vu passer le Père Noel”/”Noel est venu”
Disc 233A/10
“Let's Be Friends”/”Pa-Pa Ma-Ma Cha-Cha”
Disc 233A/24
“Little Johnny Chickadee”/”Peterkin Pillowby”
Disc 233A/23
“The Dwarfs' Yodel Song”/“Little Polly Parakeet”
Disc 233A/11
“Mama Nicolini”/”Mandolino”
Disc 233A/12
“Mama Nicolini”/”The Friend”
Disc 233A/13
“Papa Danst Mambo”/“Mama Nicolini”
Disc 233A/22
“Me and My Teddy Bear”/”I Found My Mamma”
Disc 233A/14
“Music to My Ears”/”To Love and Be Young”
Disc 233A/15
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”/”Christmas Tears”
Disc 233A/16
“Jingle Bells”/“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Disc 233A/17
“Sweetie Bear”/”Counting Song” and “Pony Boy”
Disc 233A/18
“Ooh-woo-wee”/“When We're Together”
Disc 233A/19
“Village in Capri (Guaglione)”/“You Go to My Head”
Disc 233A/21
“You're So Simpatico”/“Mama Nicolini”
Audio 1413A
Subseries: Open Reel Tape Recordings, 1958, 1971-1972, undated
1413A/1
“If I Were Queen” demo
1413A/2
“The Wine of Love” demo
1413A/3
Coots radio interview with Jim McClain #1
1413A/4
Coots radio interview with Jim McClain #2
1413A/5
Coots live at an ASCAP event
1413A/6
ASCAP salute to Coots