I paid a visit to eBay not long ago to search for my usual favorites, among them Bobby Hackett. The expected records and compact discs were all there, but this was new:
Stops you cold, doesn’t it?
Reader, I bid on it. And now it’s MINE! (Awaiting delivery, mind you, but I am a patient fellow.) I could ruminate here about the practice of musicians, singers, and vaudevillians paying to have their portraits put on the covers of sheet music, and wonder if Feist paid Hackett or Hackett actually agreed to have his big band play THE TINKLE SONG in hopes that it would be a hit. Harry Woods (of TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS and many others) had been successful, although THE TINKLE SONG seems to have perished without so much as a . . . trace. On that subject, Paul Riseman, seller-extraordinaire of sheet music, has offered a copy of STAIRWAY TO THE STARS, presumably the same vintage, with the same youthful Hackett photograph, and I once saw a sheet of the song LITTLE SKIPPER with the same photo. Aside from STAIRWAY, the other two songs offer sad evidence of just how low the Hackett band was in the eyes of song-pluggers, don’t they?
I will report on the lyrical-musical content of the song when I get the sheet music and peruse the lyrics.