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[Portrait of Sam Donahue, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946] (LOC)

Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.

[Portrait of Sam Donahue, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946]

1 negative : b&w ; 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.

Caption from Down Beat: Sam Donahue & Sy Oliver: Here are a pair of guys who started out as hot soloists, turned to arranging and are now leading orchestras. Both are playing "fundamental" swing, with a maximum of rock and a minimum of extreme musical devices, be it be-bop or Dixieland. When Sy recently opened at the Zanzibar, Sam was a block away at the Aquarium. The last week of Sam’s engagement, Lionel Hampton was also booked into the Aquarium and the cats were set for the Swing Battle of ’46. But the ensuing behind scenes scuffle ended up with Sam playing afternoons, only . . . And the Aquarium ain’t open afternoons!

Gottlieb Collection Assignment No. 112
Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress.
Purchase William P. Gottlieb
Forms part of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress).
In: The Record Changer, v. 5, no. 11 (Jan. 47, 1947), p. 6.

Donahue, Sam
Jazz musicians–1940-1950.

Format: Portrait photographs–1940-1950.
Film negatives–1940-1950.

Rights Info: Mr. Gottlieb has dedicated these works to the public domain, but rights of privacy and publicity may apply.…

Repository: (negative) Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Washington D.C. 20540 USA,
(reference print) Library of Congress, Music Division, Washington D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (DLC) 99-401005

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Call Number: LC-GLB23- 0207

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