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    Typed Contractual Letter Signed by Count Basie. One page, 4to, on William Morris Agency letterhead, New York City, November 14, 1941. Brief contractual letter noting that "Inasmuch as we have jointly collaborated in the writing of the musical composition KING JOE, it is understood and agreed that we shall share equally in all monies payable to the writers." The song, written about boxer Joe Louis, was ultimately produced and sung by Paul Robeson. Signed by Richard Wright and Count Basie in bold, black ink. Two file-punch holes at upper edge, else fine.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    3rd-4th Tuesday-Wednesday
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