Contemporaneous Articles

Information about Edward W. Roman's 1936 lawsuit against Rodgers and Hart had circulated publicly at the time in local newspapers.

Four clips were found in the attic, three trimmed so closely that the date and the name of the publication were missing. References in the text to the filing of the suit suggest they were published in October 1936. A comprehensive feature in The Knickerbocker Press, an erstwhile Albany, New York, daily, was dated, and displays a photograph of the young Ed Roman and his attorney. 

Also found was a fifth piece, published 16 years later and in a national magazine. This article about copyright infringement in the music industry includes a reference to the lawsuit, indicating that it may have been common knowledge.


E, Stewart Jones With Edward Roman in 1936

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"Song Writer in Troy Seeking Legal Solace for 'Blue Moon,'" The Knickerbocker Press, October 21, 1936

This comprehensive feature, dated and ascribed to The Knickerbocker Press, is invaluable for its portrayal of the young Ed Roman as a poet and local musician. It references the genesis of "Blue Moon" being that evening of moonlit skating on a pond, and is the primary evidence we have for that aspect of the song's creation. It quotes him in his own words about sending the song to New York music broker Jack Mahoney.


1930's newspaper article talking about copyright infringement lawsuit against Rodgers and Hart by E. Stewart Jones

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"'Blue Moon' Made Author Blue, He Tells Court"

This piece was likely published in a Troy, New York, newspaper, because the city isn't included in the reference to Roman's address. Newspaper style would call for including the city if the paper were published elsewhere than in Troy.


E, Stewart Jones With Edward Roman in 1936

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"'Blue Moon' His Brain Child, Claim Of Trojan Seeking Data on Sales"

This detailed article paints a picture of the role played by New York music broker, Jack Mahoney, in bringing Ed Roman's song to the attention of Rodgers and Hart. 


E, Stewart Jones With Edward Roman in 1936

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"Trojan Suing For Song Cash"

This short piece reports that with the filing of the lawsuit, Ed Roman's original manuscript for "Blue Moon" had been turned over to his attorney.


Sunday Mirror Magazine Clipping from 1952 article on copyright settlements

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"$ong in Your Heart—and $o Much $uing" 

A fragment from a lengthy article in the Sunday Mirror  magazine section (King Features Syndicate, Inc.), dated March 16, 1952, about litigation in the music business was found in the attic. It references Ed Roman by name and includes the only published account we have of the amount of the settlement.

The name of publication and the date were noted on the backside of the fragment, enabling us to source the complete article and access its title.