Sheet Music

18th July 2018

Before the days of records, and record sleeves, sheet music was a sure way to publicise performers and their songs. Cover designs were elaborate. If the singer’s face featured on the cover, it signified a certain fame.

Charlie Chaplin’s father figures on the cover of three songs for which he was famous.

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Oui! Tray Bong! : or my Pal Jones/written & composed by Norton Atkins ; arranged by John S. Baker - ECCI00316107

1893

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Pals that time cannot alter!/Written By Charles Chaplin and Will Godwin ; Composed By Will Godwin ; Sung By Charles Chaplin - ECCI00029795

1900

Chaplin put his own face on the three songs he wrote and published in 1916.

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Oh! That Cello/Written & Composed by Charlie Chaplin - ECCI00316109

1916

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There's Always One, You Can't Forget/Written and Composed by Charlie Chaplin - ECCI00316110

1916

Other music publishers used Charlie’s image to publicise and sell their own songs, sometimes about Chaplin himself.

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In the 50s and 60s many famous artists, like Petula Clark and Dalida, performed Chaplin’s songs from Limelight - as is reflected by the number of songs for sale.

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Charlie’s mother Hannah carefully wrote out the words to Every Day Life sung by the “great Charles Chaplin” for which no printed sheet music survives.

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[Letter] 1953 May 24, Los Angeles [to] Charles / Sydney and Gypsy - ECCI00015593

1953