Cocktails for Two. Arranged by Frankie Carle.
New York: Famous Music Corp., 1619 Broadway, 1934.
Music score, stapled in wrappers (31 x 23 cm.), 5,  pages. FIRST EDITION. The famous "Cocktails for Two" debuted in the movie Murder at the Vanities (1934), where it was introduced by singer and actor Carl Brisson. Duke Ellington's orchestra recorded the Johnston and Coslow song in 1934, all on the heels of the December 1933 ratification of the 21st Amendment, which ended the era of Prohibition. The song begins, "Oh what delight to be given the right, to be carefree and gay once again". This first printing contains a publisher's advertisement on the rear wrapper panel for the Bing Crosby Dance Folio. Murder at the Vanities was a Pre-code Paramount production, provocative on many counts, including some near nudity in the big stage numbers, and the song "Marahuana". "Cocktails for Two" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007. Wrappers printed in pink and black. Very good. Rare.