Mahoney Letter & Contract

A pivotal step in getting "Blue Moon" out into the world involved New York song broker Jack Mahoney, at once widely connected and a stealth operator in the Tin Pan Alley music business of the early 20th century.

Shown below are copies of the offer letter, dated January 12, 1932, and contract for the song from Mahoney to the Troy, New York, teenager, Edward W. Roman. The documents, found in the attic, comprise a prime piece of evidence supporting Roman's authorship.

Mahoney's songwriting apex was his 1914 hit, "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose," performed as late as 1942 in a film starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. He is said to have written the lyrics for—but not credited on—the classic "Has Anybody Seen My Girl? (Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue)"

Mahoney began brokering in 1921, setting up shop in the same midtown building, 1658 Broadway, as music publisher Jack Robbins, who, a dozen years later, would spot the commercial appeal of "Blue Moon" and vow to "plug it from coast to coast."

For more interesting information about Jack Mahoney, follow this link to the Buffalo library.

Jack Mahoney. New York Agent.

This photograph of Jack Mahoney was published, according to newspapers.com, on August 30, 1914, in the Buffalo Morning Express and the Illustrated Buffalo Express, newspapers based in Buffalo, New York. Mahoney would have been in his early 30s.

 

Jack Mahoney Ad From the Period Marketing Services to Songwriters

From The November 5, 1921 Music Trade Review Magazine. See Source.

JACK  MAHONEY  TO  PUBLISH...
Jack  Mahoney,  the songwriter,  has entered  the music  publishing  business,  under  the  firm  name of  the  United  Song  Writers,  and  has  opened  up offices   in  the  Broadway   Central   Building,  1658 Broadway.     The   firm's   first   release    will   be "Derby  Day."


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"Blue Moon" Song Contract Letter, Page 1

This is a copy of the first page of a January 12, 1932, letter from New York Agent Jack Mahoney. This letter accompanies an agreement contract offer for the song "Blue Moon," written by Edward W. Roman.

"Blue Moon" Song Contract Letter, Page 2

This is a copy of the second page of the January 12, 1932, letter from New York Agent Jack Mahoney.

"Blue Moon" Song Contract Letter, Page 3

This is a copy of the third page of the January 12, 1932, letter from New York Agent Jack Mahoney.

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Agent Contract For The Song Blue Moon