Contemporaneous Articles

Information about Edward W. Roman's 1936 lawsuit against Rodgers and Hart had circulated publicly at the time in local newspapers. We found four such clips in the the attic, and a fifth from a national magazine published 16 years after the filing.

Three of the four local clips were trimmed so closely that the dates and names of the publications were missing. All appear to have been written, from inferences in the text, at the time of the filing. We are researching the sources, and will cite those that we do find in the text below. The fourth, a comprehensive feature in The Knickerbocker Press, an erstwhile Albany, New York, daily, was dated October 21, 1936. It displays a photograph of the young Ed Roman and his attorney. 

The magazine article published 16 years later concerns copyright infringement in the music business. Its reference to the "Blue Moon" lawsuit reads as if it were common knowledge within industry circles.

E, Stewart Jones With Edward Roman in 1936


"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 Roman 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


"'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 naming the city if the paper were published elsewhere than in Troy.

E, Stewart Jones With Edward Roman in 1936


"'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


"Trojan Suing For Song Cash," Times-Union, October 21, 1936

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.

We have sourced this article to the Times-Union, a daily based in Albany, New York. It was published October 21, 1936. The paper had previewed the story the day before in a news item headlined "Claims 'Blue Moon' and Asks Accounting." 

"$ong in Your Heart—and $o Much $uing," Sunday Mirror Magazine (Knight Features Syndicate, Inc.), March 16, 1952. 

A fragment from a lengthy article in the Sunday Mirror Magazine (King Features Syndicate, Inc.), regarding 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.