Pretty Baby (Jackson, Tony)

Collaborative Work
This work was co-authored by Jackson and Egbert Van Alstyne.



Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. Detroit: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1916. Plate 1709.
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General Information

Work Title Pretty Baby
Alternative. Title
Composer Jackson, Tony
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Key E-flat major
First Publication. 1916
Copyright Information Possibly public domain in EU and other 70 pma territories.
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Librettist Tony Jackson (1876/82-1921)
Gustav Kahn (1886-1941)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information see below

Misc. Comments

The background as to how this song came to be published has been confused over the years but the truth appears to be that, in 1915, when Egbert Van Alstyne and lyricist Gustav Kahn were writing partners and the prior was Chicago manager of Jerome H. Remick & Co., the two heard Tony Jackson singing the song one evening at a Chicago nightspot. They liked the melody but the lyrics, which referred to a male lover, were unsuitable for mass consumption. So Jackson was paid $250 for the rights to the tune and Kahn re-wrote the lyrics with Van Alstyne adding a verse, taken from one of his earlier songs which had not been successful. Jackson's name was included on the sheet music.