Monday, June 22, 2015

Mae West: Henry's Hits

MAE WEST, who had a penchant for black music, brought Henry Creamer's songs to a white audience.  Since the talented lyricist has a June birthday, let's have a look.
• • Henry Sterling Creamer [21 June 1879 — 14 October 1930] • •
• • Born in Richmond, Virginia, Henry Creamer was an African American pop song lyricist. He co-wrote many hits in the years from 1900 — 1929, often collaborating with Turner Layton, with whom he also appeared in vaudeville.
• • In 1918, Henry Creamer and Turner Layton collaborated on the hit "After You've Gone" — — an enduring classic that has been covered by every major artist. The publisher was Morley Music Co., Inc.  
• • Born in Washington, D.C., Turner Layton [2 July 1894 [?] — 6 February 1978], was an African American songwriter, singer, and pianist. Sometimes his birthdate is given as 9 July 1890.
• • Mae West performed "After You've Gone" in "Sextette" [1978], a song she fondly remembered from her New York years when she frequented the hottest night spots in Harlem.
• • And on the LP "The Fabulous Mae West," Mae recorded "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)," a favorite written in 1926 by lyricist Henry Creamer and the black composer and pianist James P. Johnson. 
• • Henry Creamer died on Tuesday, 14 October 1930 at age 51.
• • On Saturday, 22 June 1935 in Picturegoer • •
• • The British film magazine Picturegoer, issue dated for 22 June 1935, offered an article "Previews of the Latest Films" and the first motion picture preview was "Goin’ to Town" starring Mae West.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 1982 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West's name was in the news again on Tuesday, 22 June 1982 when her former partner Paul Novak sued to have her Will overturned.  The case was listed as Charles Krauser v. Estate of Mae West, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Tuesday, 22 June 1982.
• • On Tuesday, 22 June 2010 • •
• • It was on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 when it was announced "Espace Dali Lends Mae West Sofa to the Pompidou Centre in Paris."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The New York censors rejected the Mae West film "It Ain't No Sin" and it went back to  Hollywood for further reconstruction.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Half the people in the world impersonate me.  Men, women, and even children. They put their hands on their hips or something."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New Mexico paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Top-Rated Actors Star In Campus Film Offerings" • • 
• • Mae West, W. C. Fields, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, the Marx Brothers, and Edgar Bergen are among the stars who will be appearing in eight feature-length films in the summer series at the New Mexico State University Campus Film Society.
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The "summer of comedy" will also include  . . .  "My Little Chickadee" (1940) co-starring Mae West and W. C. Fields on July 7th . . .
• • Source: Item on page 13 of Las Cruces Sun-News; published on Sunday, 22 June 1969 
• • Note: The motion picture classic "My Little Chickadee" [1940] ends with this exchange:
• • • Cuthbert J. Twillie (Fields): "Come up and see me sometime."
• • • Flower Belle Lee (West): "Mmm, I will, my little chickadee."

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3205th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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• • Mae West • in 1940

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