“Little Jack Little” (Leonard) (1899-1956)
British-born American composer, singer, pianist, actor and songwriter whose songs were featured in several movies.
SP – Signed Photograph: 4″x6″ matte-finish sepia tone portrait; he has signed Sincerely Little Jack Little 1934. Very good to fine.
Leonard is not to be confused with the burlesque comedian also known as Little Jack Little who stood 4’5″. Leonard was born in London but moved to the US as a child, growing up in Waterloo, Iowa. He toured the country with an orchestra, appearing in hotels, nightclubs, and on radio. He collaborated musically with Tommie Malie, Dick Finch, John Siras and Joe Young. In 1928 he joined ASCAP. From 1933-37 he recorded prolifically, starting on Bluebird, Columbia and finally ARC, playing in a light society dance band style. He often worked with musical director Mitchell Ayres. His compositions include Jealous, I Promise You, A Stanty in Old Shanty Town and You’re A Heavenly Thing. Suffering from hepatitis, he committed suicide in 1956. This was just two months after he was mentioned in Young At Heart an episode of the TV show The Honeymooners.