I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Baby) Blackbirds of 1928 Musical Revue Sheet Music Cover


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Vintage musical revue sheet music, this is “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Baby)” from Lew Leslie’s “Blackbirds of 1928.” This was published by Jack Mills, Inc., New York. It measures 9¼ x 12¼ inches. THIS IS THE FRONT COVER ONLY. The rest of the sheet music is missing, you are getting the front cover ONLY. Great cover art. It has chips / damage at both bottom corners and a tear along the right edge as well as a previous owner’s name written near the top.

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Baby)” from the musical, “Blackbirds of 1928” lyrics by Dorothy Fields, music by Jimmy McHugh. Blackbirds of 1928 was a hit Broadway musical revue that starred Adelaide Hall, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Tim Moore and Aida Ward, with music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It contained the hit songs “Diga Diga Do”, the duo’s first hit, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “Bandanna Babies” and “I Must Have That Man.” The original Broadway production opened at the Liberty Theatre on May 9, 1928, where it ran for 518 performances, becoming the longest running all-black show on Broadway. The sheet music is illustrated by Sydney Leff, one of the most famous and most prolific of sheet music illustrators, who depicted the moon-June-spoon romance of the Jazz Age through sheet music illustrations for hundreds of popular songs. Leff leaned heavily on images of swaying palm trees under an inviting moon and flirtatious flappers who hinted at erotic possibility. He once said “I knew where to put the moon and the stars … and made sure the ladies’ gowns were very up-to-date.” Classic vintage music ephemera and collectible, from the heyday of musicals.

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Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 3 in