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“Sonny Boy”

“Sonny Boy”

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Sonny Boy” that was written and composed by Al Jolson, Ray Anderson, Bud DeSylva, and Lew Brown. The sheet music was published by DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson Inc in 1927. The song came from the film The Singing Fool, one of the first popular “talkies,” featuring Warner Brother’s revolutionary Vitaphone technology that synced sound with the film. The film featured Al Jolson as Al Stone and Davey Lee as his son, “Sonny Boy.” A photograph of them together is on the left of the pink cover that features a central white sun that is emitting rays.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
associated person
Jolson, Al
composer, lyricist
DeSylva, B. G.
DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 11 3/4 in x 9 in; 29.845 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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