Let It Rain, Let It Pour [I'll Be in Virginia in the Morning] (Sheet music)
Wynn, Ed. (producer); Earl & Bell (performers); Cliff Friend (words); Walter Donaldson (music); May Singhi Breen (ukulele)
Let It Rain, Let It Pour [I'll Be in Virginia in the Morning] (Vintage sheet music)
New York: Leo. Feist, Inc., 1925. Vintage sheet music for the fox-trot song, "Let It Rain, Let It Pour" or "I'll Be in Virginia in the Morning," for piano and ukulele. One of several variants, each with a different vignette photo of performing artists. Great patterned flapper illustration on the front, the artist signature in the lower left corner, unknown. A rosy cheeks woman applying lipstick, sitting on luggage, appearing confident and ambitious, or at the least carefree, as the title would suggest, with an ominous bellhop character in blackface. The song itself is rollicking, instrumentally, with a ukulele accompaniment by Breen, who would be known as "The Original Ukulele Lady" and the first woman inducted in the instrument's Hall of Fame.
Leopold Feist ran one of the largest publishers of music at the time and produced visually stunning duochrome sheet music, beginning in the early 20th century. He had a handful of often used composers, focusing mostly on folk, blues, and dance numbers. Donaldson and Friend were both prolific, and both contributed to film soundtracks: Donaldson also penned "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?", and Friend was from Tin Pan Alley, writing hits "Lovesick Blues," "My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now," and the Looney Tunes theme song, "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down."
9 x 12 inches, six pages: folded wrapper and loose leaf laid in. Very Good, short spine tears, toning, name in ink on the front, faint creasing.