Collectors of sheet music know that famous artists allowed their portraits to be part of the cover design of songs the artists never got to record. (I believe some artists paid for the privilege of having their portrait in the little box — as good publicity.) In fact, one may have a dozen copies of a song sheet with a dozen different artists portrayed on the covers.
The artists may have performed the song without recording it, or may simply have negotiated something to have their portrait on the cover. It doesn’t stop people like myself from dreaming, though. What if there were, for instance, a recording of Louis singing and playing LIGHTS OUT, a 1936 song I saw once with his picture. Or Bobby Hackett playing LITTLE SKIPPER?
Or these two, by these three Sisters:
Or this, a much better song:
I also understand, in some vague way, why there aren’t a hundred more Boswell Sisters recordings (the whole story awaits it in Kyla Titus’ book and the upcoming Sisters’ documentary) . . . but I can refuse to acknowledge their absence, can’t I?
May your happiness increase!