Who knew that Nixons’ Music Store in Adrian, Michigan, was the Mecca for hot trumpet swingfans circa 1940?* But here’s the evidence from the eBay treasure chest:
But how could Feist Music teach anyone that tone? Or this one:
Something for the pianists in the house (original source unknown):
I’d love to see the “transcription” of Fats’ solos on SHOE SHINE BOY and WHEN IT’S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH.
That one is priceless for Fats as Pagilacci — an early example of marketing tie-in, connected to his 1939 Lang-Worth transcription date.
Someone actually owned this folio, and it’s the Second Series, too:
*My research found that Nixons’ no longer exists — but an advertisement in the ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM, Sept. 2, 1947, says that they had everything in records and music. Given the evidence here, I am convinced. To see a vintage photograph of Maumee Street in Adrian with reference to a music shop, click here. In 1970, it was Nixon-Marboro’s Music Store (120 East Maumee) and currently that address is occupied by a martial arts school, “Black Dragon’s Den.” I wouldn’t dare to say a word against the Black Dragon, but it makes me think (not for the first time)
Sic transit gloria mundi.