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1947 Hank Williams Signed Royalty Contract
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
One-page royalty contract, dated February 14, 1947, signed by Hank Williams (1923-53), American country music singer and songwriter. The legal agreement, between Hank Williams and Acuff-Rose Publications (of Nashville, Tennessee), grants the company full title, right and interest to Williams' song "I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)" for the sum of one dollar. In return, Williams is entitled to royalty payments for the sale of any published sheet music, broadcast revenue, and foreign royalties Acuff-Rose receives from use of the song. The contract is signed in blue ink by "Hank Williams" ("9/10") in black ink, and also signed by a representative of the company and a witness. Hank Williams is generally regarded as the most influential country music singer/song-writer in history. From 1949 to 1953 Williams recorded twenty-seven top-ten hits including "Cold, Cold Heart," "Hey, Good-Looking" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." Unfortunately, Williams perished tragically in a car accident at the age of thirty in 1953. Because of his early death, all Hank Williams signed items are rare, but a signed document such as this, relating directly to his career as a singer/songwriter, is an ideal signed item. The opening lines of the song "I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)" can be interpreted as having a special significance to Hank Williams' early passing: "I don't care if tomorrow never comes/This world holds nothin' for me." The contract (8.5 x 13 inches) displays five horizontal folds and two notebook holes along the top. Excellent condition. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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