MORTON DOWNEY AUTOGRAPH



Morton Downey born November 14, 1901 – died October 25, 1985. Downey was a singer popular in the United States, enjoying his greatest success in the 1930s and 1940s. Downey was nicknamed “The Irish Nightingale”. For a time in the 1920s, Downey, a tenor, sang with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. He first recorded in 1923 for Edison Records under the pseudonym Morton James; the following year he recorded for Victor with the S.S. Leviathan Orchestra. In 1925 he began 4 years of recording for Brunswick Records. In 1926 he had a hit in the show Palm Beach Nights. He toured London, Paris, Berlin, New York City and Hollywood. He also began appearing in motion pictures in 1929. Downey was also a songwriter whose most successful numbers include “All I Need is Someone Like You”, “California Skies”, “In the Valley of the Roses”, and “Now You’re in My Arms”, “Sweeten Up Your Smile”, “That’s How I Spell Ireland”, “There’s Nothing New”, and “Wabash Moon”. He joined ASCAP in 1949. In 1930, Downey began making national radio broadcasts after opening his own nightclub (The Delmonico) in New York. He was voted America’s “Radio Singer of the Year” in 1932. In the 1930s he recorded for ARC, Hit of the Week, and Decca Records, and in the 1940s made records for Columbia. Starting in 1949, Morton Downey began appearing on television. In the 1950s, he hosted the television show Star of the Family. Morton Downey was the father of the late right-wing television personality Morton Downey, Jr., by his first wife, actress Barbara Bennett (1906 – 1958), the sister of actresses Constance and Joan Bennett. The couple married in 1929, and divorced in 1941. She would marry singing cowboy actor Addison Randall shortly afterward. Together, they had three other sons. Downey’s second wife was Margaret Boyce Schulze (1922—1964), the former wife of Prince Alexander zu Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen and the granddaughter of Colorado mining industralist William Boyce Thompson. Downey owned a house in Hyannis, MA next to Joseph P. Kennedy’s. This house was used by John F. Kennedy as his summer White House. His third wife was Ann Trainer, the widow of Howell Van Gerbig and the former wife of John Kevin Barry. They married in 1970. Morton Downey died in Palm Beach, Florida of a stroke, at age 83.
Original Morton Downey Autograph, signed on Cut Paper. Written: Morton Downey 10/17/33 Phila. Pa. Approx. size 4 x 5 1/4. Regular Price – $ 55.00 / Sale Price – $ 19.95.

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