Zide Jahncke Hirt COLLECTION

of al hirt memorabilia

 

 

(Mss 300)

 

 

Inventory

 

 

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

 

August 2006

 

 

Contents

 

 

Summary

 

Biographical Note

 

List of Series and Subseries

 

Container List

 

Index Terms

 

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

Size:                          4.5 linear feet

 

Geographic

locations:                 Chiefly New Orleans, La.

 

Inclusive dates:      1927-1987

 

Bulk dates:              1957-1987

 

Summary:                Photographs, correspondence, recordings, sheet music, and memorabilia associated with popular New Orleans-born trumpeter Al Hirt (1922-1999), also known as “Jumbo.”  Includes cards and letters from celebrities such as Bob Hope, Connie Stevens, George Burns, and Stan Musial.

 

Source:                     Gift, 2001

 

Access:                     No restrictions

 

Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

 

Citation:                    Zide Jahncke Collection of Al Hirt Memorabilia, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

 

 

Biographical Note

 

 

Born in New Orleans on November 7, 1922, Al Hirt was a phenomenally proficient trumpet player and one of the most successful instrumental recording artists of the 1960s.  Perhaps modeling his genial stage personality after Louis Armstrong, Hirt was a tremendously popular performer, easily capturing the center of attention with his massive 300-pound, 6-foot-2 frame (among his nicknames were "Jumbo" and "The Round Mound of Sound") but holding it with his joyful spirit and jaw-dropping virtuosity.

Although Hirt came out of New Orleans leading a Dixieland band, he never let himself get stereotyped in that narrow genre.  He was honest about his choice of style, never calling what he played "jazz":  "I'm a pop commercial musician," he once said, "and I've got a successful format.  I'm not a jazz trumpet and never was a jazz trumpet."

Hirt's father bought him his first trumpet from a pawnshop, and by the time he was in high school, he was sounding post time at the local race track.  Hirt was always very serious about perfecting his mastery of his instrument, and he studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory for three years in the early 1940s.  After playing with Army bands during World War II, he worked with Tommy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, and Benny Goodman's big bands—usually as first chair, but not a soloist—until he returned to New Orleans and formed his own band in 1950.

For most of the 1950s, he was comfortable staying close to home, both musically and professionally.  Raising eight kids with his first wife probably had something to do with it, but Hirt was always happy to have a strong association with the music and lifestyle of New Orleans.  He often performed with clarinet player Pete Fountain, who achieved nearly the same level of national fame, and the two remained close friends and colleagues until Hirt's death.  Hirt recorded a number of mainstream Dixieland albums for Audio Fidelity and others during this period.

In 1960, Hirt's group, the Dixieland Six, played Las Vegas and was spotted by Dinah Shore, who booked them onto her television variety show.  Television and Hirt took to each other, and RCA quickly signed him and began promoting him as a major artist.  To get and keep a national audience, Hirt had to loosen his ties to Dixieland.  Virtually none of his RCA albums have a strong Dixieland flavor, most of them featuring large studio ensembles and arrangements by veterans like Marty Paich, Billy May, and Marty Gold.  His albums Honey in the Horn and Cotton Candy were both gold records, and he was named "Top Instrumentalist" by Billboard magazine in 1965.  In 1961 Hirt played at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

Hirt never turned his back on his roots, though, and at the same time he was coming to fame, he opened his own night club in the French Quarter and appeared there regularly.  Although he toured steadily well into the 1980s, often in pops concerts with symphony orchestras, he tried to work his schedules to bring him back home quickly.  His 1965 album with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops was among his best-selling records, and Hirt enjoyed playing classical showpieces as well as popular numbers. He said that playing Handel's "Ave Maria" for Pope John Paul's 1987 visit to New Orleans was his most important performance.  He is remembered locally also for playing at the first New Orleans Saints game (1967) and at the opening of the Superdome (1975)

Hirt's weight and lifestyle eventually took its toll on his body, and in later years, he had to perform in a wheelchair. He closed his club in 1983, fed up with the deterioration of the French Quarter, but he continued to play there, mostly at Fountain's club, until a few months before his death.

 

Sources:

Quoted almost verbatim from “Space Age Musicmaker: Al Hirt,” http://www.spaceagepop.com/hirt.htm.  Accessed August 16, 2006.  Also Vincent B. Liberto, “The Earthly Departure of Al Hirt,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 4, 1999.

 

 

 

Series, Subseries, and Descriptions

 

 

Series I.  Recordings

 

            Subseries I.1:          Commercial Recordings by Al Hirt and Others (45 rpm)

 

Subseries I.2:          Commercial Recordings, Chiefly by Al Hirt (33 1/3 rpm)

 

            Subseries II.3:         Non-commercial Recordings

 

Series II.  Sheet Music

 

            Subseries II.1:         Sheet Music Featuring Al Hirt

 

            Subseries I.2:          Other Sheet Music

 

Series III.  Correspondence

 

            Subseries III.1:        Messages between Al Hirt and Zide Jahncke Hirt

 

            Subseries III.2:        Other Personal Messages

 

            Subseries III.3:        Messages Concerning Professional Activities

 

Series IV.  Pictorial Materials

 

            Subseries IV.1:       Photographs of Al Hirt

 

            Subseries IV.2:       Other Photographs

 

            Subseries IV.3:       Other Visual Materials

 

Series V.               Publicity Materials

 

            Subseries V.1:        Press Releases, Announcements, Brochures, Etc.

 

            Subseries V.2:        Press Clippings

 

Series VI.              Miscellany

 

 

 

Container List

 

 

BOX 1

 

Series I.  Recordings

 

            Subseries I.1:          Commercial Recordings by Al Hirt and Others (45 rpm)

 

300-1              Al Hirt                                                                                   RCA Victor (2 copies)

                               “If”

                               “Penny Arcade”

 

300-2              Al Hirt                                                                                   RCA Victor (2 copies)

                               “Those Were the Days”

                               “The Garbage”

 

300-3              Al Hirt and Hugo Montenegro                                                              RCA Victor

                               “Viva Max March”

                               “Don’t Turn Back”

 

300-4              Al Hirt                                                 Al Hirt’s Sandwich Saloons, Inc. (2 copies)

                               A Conversation

                               “Cotton Candy,” “Java”

 

300-5              Al Hirt                                                             Monument Record Corp. (2 copies)

                               “Melody for Michelle”

                               “Sweet Sauce

 

300-6              Al Hirt                                                             Monument Record Corp. (2 copies)

                               Radio station copy, “Sweet Sauce”

 

300-7              Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra and Chorus                                   RCA Victor

                               “Tony’s Theme”

                               “Good Vibrations”

 

300-8              Andy Williams                                                                                           Columbia

                               “Do You Hear What I Hear!”

                               “Some Children See Him”

 

300-9              Ray Anthony                                                                                              Ranwood

                               “Okie from Muskogee

                               “Pure Imagination”

 

300-10            Rick Neufeld                                                                       Warner Bros. Records

                               “Moody Manitoba Morning”

                               “Boissevain Fair”

 

300-11            Olympia Brass Band                                                                     Maison de Soul

                               “My Toot Toot”

                               “I’m Fat, That’s That!”

 

300-12            The Good Times                                                                             Jewel Records

                               “Dyn-o-Mite”

                               “At J.’s Joint”

 

            Subseries I.2:          Commercial Recordings, Chiefly by Al Hirt (33 1/3 rpm)

 

300-13            “Al Hirt: Jumbo’s Gumbo.”  Monument Record Corp., [19--].  Jacket photograph depicts Al Hirt standing on balcony.  Inscribed on jacket (written over previous inscription): “To  Zide  Love  ‘Al’  ‘Jumbo.’“

 

300-14            “They’re Playing Our Song: Al (He’s the King) Hirt.”  RCA Victor, 1966.  LPM-3492.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.  Jacket inscribed: “To Zide—  All my love—  Jumbo.”

 

300-15            “Al Hirt Now!”  RCA Victor, [ca. 1968].  LSP-4101.  Jacket photograph depicts Al Hirt.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-16            “Al Hirt: The Greatest Horn in the World.”  With Henri René and His Orchestra.  RCA Victor, 1961.  LPM-2366.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To my young Mother in Law  Zide — Love  Jumbo.”

 

300-17            “That Honey Horn Sound: Al ‘He’s the King’ Hirt.”  RCA Victor, 1965.  LSP-3337.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To Zide—  From your son in law and fan  Al ‘Jumbo.’”

 

300-18            “The Best of Al Hirt, Vol. 2.”  RCA Victor, 1966.  LSP-3556.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-19            “Honey in the Horn: Al ‘He’s the King’ Hirt.”  RCA Victor, 1963.  LSP-2733.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-20            “Trumpet and Strings: Al ‘He’s the King’ Hirt.”  With orchestra arranged and conducted by Marty Paich.  RCA Victor, 1962.  LSP-2584.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To my sweet mother in law—  Jumbo.”  2 copies of phonodisc.

 

300-21            “30 Greatest Trumpet Hits of All Time.”  Original arrangements styled & newly recorded by Al Hirt.  Precision Records, 1979.  TVLP79055.  “2 record set as advertised on television.”  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Jacket inscribed: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-22            “Our Man in New Orleans: Al ‘He’s the King’ Hirt.”  RCA Victor, [19--].  ANL 1-1939 (reissue of LSP-2607, “The Best of New Orleans”).  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet. Jacket inscribed: “To Zide Love Jumbo.”

 

300-23            “Al Hirt at the Mardi Gras.”  RCA Victor, 1962.  LPM/LSP-2497.  “Recorded live in New Orleans.”  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt, costumed as king of a carnival parade, holding trumpet.  Back of jacket inscribed: “To Zide  Al Hirt.”

 

300-24            “Al Hirt at the Mardi Gras.”  RCA Victor, [19--].  ANL1-2657 (reissue of LSP-2497).  “Recorded live in New Orleans.”  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet, attired as king of a carnival parade.

 

300-25            “Cotton Candy: Al (He’s the King) Hirt.” RCA Victor, 1964. LPM-2917. Photo­graph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet filled with cotton candy.  Inscribed on jacket: To Zide—  From your favorite son in law  Al Hirt.”

 

300-26            “‘Pops’ Goes the Trumpet (Holiday for Brass): Al Hirt, Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler.”  RCA Victor, 1964.  DPL1-0428.  Drawing on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet, Fiedler conducting.  Inscribed on jacket: “To Zide love, Jumbo.”

 

300-27            “This Is Al Hirt.”  RCA Victor, 1970.  VPS-6025.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Inscribed on jacket: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-28            “Sugar Lips: Al ‘He’s the King’ Hirt.”  RCA Victor, 1964.  LPM-2965.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.  Inscribed on jacket: “To Zide  Love Jumbo.”

 

300-29            “Al (He’s the King) Hirt: The Happy Trumpet.”  RCA Victor, 1966.  LSP-3579.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.  Inscribed on back of jacket: “To Zide—  Love from Jumbo.”

 

300-30            “Ace Cannon and Al Hirt: All-Time Country Greats.”  Heartland Music, 1984.  HL-1015.  Photograph on jacket depicts Cannon and Al Hirt holding instruments.  Inscribed on jacket: To  Zide  love  Jumbo.”

 

300-31            “Al Hirt and His All-Stars.”  Southland Records, [19--].  S-LP 211.

 

300-32            “Al Hirt: Swingin’ Dixie! at Dan’s Pier 600 in New Orleans.”  Audio Fidelity, 1958.  ACSD 5877.  Photographs on jacket depict Al Hirt and unidentified man at Dan’s Pier 600.

 

300-33            “Al Hirt & Pete Fountain: Super Jazz 1.”  Monument Record Corp., 1976.  MP 8602.  Jacket lacking.

 

300-34            “The Best of Al Hirt.”  RCA Victor, [19--].  ANL1-1034.  Jacket lacking.

 

300-35            “Saints Go Marching In.”  GWP Production, [ca. 1970].  GWP 1001.

 

            Subseries II.3:         Non-commercial Recordings

 

300-36            RCA Victor reference recording, SPRS 4996-3.  Al Hirt.  33 1/3 rpm.

 

300-37            RCA Victor reference recording, Misc. R-0073.  B.P.O. [Boston Pops Or­ches­tra].  33 1/3 rpm.  On jacket: “1. Eili Eili.  2. The Toy Trumpet.  3. Pavanne.”

 

300-38            Audiodisc recording blank.  “Bluesette.”

 

300-39            “Belle.”  45 rpm.

 

300-40                       Unidentified test pressing.

 

300-41            Sunset Sound Recorder, “From the Soundtrack of ‘Scandalous John,’ Pastures Green (Instrumental), (Rod McKuen).”

 

300-42            TRO demonstration record, from the Broadway musical production A Joyful Noise starring John Raitt.  “Longtime Traveling,” “Fool’s Gold.”

 

 

BOX 2

 

Series II.  Sheet Music

 

            Subseries II.1:         Sheet Music Featuring Al Hirt

 

300-43            Gordon, Irving.  “Unforgettable.”  New York: Bourne, 1951.  “Al Hirt’s Trumpet Solo.”  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.

 

300-44            Chaplin, Charles.  “Smile.”  Lyric by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.  New York: Bourne, 1954.  “Al Hirt’s Trumpet Solo.”  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.

 

300-45            Al Hirt’s Trumpet Magic.  New York: Bregman, Vocco and Conn, Inc., 1966.  Music book containing piano and trumpet parts for the following pieces: “You’ll Never Know,” “I Had the Craziest Dream,” “Misty,” “Fools Rush In,” “And the Angels Sing,” “This Could Be the Start of Something,” “Day In—Day Out,” “Serenade in Blue,” “Scatter-Brain,” “The More I See You.” Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.  2 copies.

 

300-46            Tharpe, Sister Rosetta.  “Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air).”  New York: Beechmont Music Corp., 1957.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt holding trumpet.

 

300-47            Play Trumpet Like Al Hirt.  New York: Robbins Music Corp., 1964.  Music book containing piano and trumpet parts for the following pieces: “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me,” “Ja-da,” “Laura,” “One O’Clock Jump,” “That Old Feeling,” “Toot, Toot, Tootsie!,” “Sugar,” “When the Saints Go Marchin’ On,” “While We Danced at the Mardi Gras.” Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet. 2 copies.

 

300-48            Friday, Freddy, Allen Toussaint, and Alvin Tyler.  “Java.”  New York: Tideland Music Publishing Corp., 1963.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt.  2 copies.

 

300-49            Sherrill, Billy, and Buddy Killen.  “Sugar Lips.”  Nashville, Tenn.: Tree Pub­lish­ing Co., Inc., 1964.  Photograph on jacket depicts Al Hirt playing trumpet.

 

            Subseries I.2:          Other Sheet Music

 

300-50            Merritt, O. O.  “Louis Blew His Horn (An Ode to Louis Armstrong).”  New York: Double O Music Publishers, 1972.  Photograph on jacket depicts Louis Armstrong playing trumpet.

 

300-51            Sam Fox Collection of Sousa Marches for Band.  Cleveland, Ohio: Sam Fox Publishing Co., 1927.  Music book containing solo Bb cornet parts for the following pieces: “Sesqui-Centennial Exposition,” “The Gridiron Club,” “The Black Horse Troop,” “The National Game,” “Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co.,” “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” “The Gallant Seventh,” the Campus,” “Comrades of the Legion,” “Sabre and Spurs.”

 

300-52            Coleman, Cy.  “Hey There, Good Times.”  Lyrics by Michael Stewart.  New York: Notable Music Co., 1977.  From the Broadway musical I Love My Wife.

 

300-53            Fitzgerald, Ella, and Chick Webb.  “I Found My Yellow Basket.”  New York: Robbins Music Corp., 1938.  Photograph on jacket depicts Gray Gordon.

 

300-54            Elman, Ziggie.  “And the Angels Sing.”  Lyric by Johnny Mercer.  New York: Bregman, Vocco and Conn, Inc., 1939.  Photographs on jacket depict Elman, Mercer, and Benny Goodman.

 

300-55            Hayman, Richard, arr.  “The Carnival of Venice.”  [S.l.: s.n., 1984].  Solo trumpet (Bb) part.  Photocopy of music manuscript.  Accompanied by letter to Al Hirt, New Orleans LA, from William Shisler, Boston Pops Orchestra, November 10, 1984, concerning the music and a photograph of Al Hirt.

 

 

Series III.  Correspondence

 

            Subseries III.1:        Messages between Al Hirt and Zide Jahncke Hirt

 

300-56            Greeting cards from Al Hirt, signed “Jumbo,” to Zide Jahncke Hirt, some bearing notes in ms. and/or accompanied by gift cards from flowers and other memorabilia.  [ca. 1980s].  12 items.

 

300-57            Notes from Zide Jahncke Hirt to Al Hirt.  Accompanied by samples of Zide Hirt’s note paper as Al Hirt’s personal manager.  [ca. 1980s], 1987.  5 items.

 

            Subseries III.2:        Other Personal Messages

 

300-58            Two letters to Al Hirt from Harry Truman, one thanking him for visiting the Truman Library and the other accompanying a picture inscribed: “To Al & Mary Hirt From Harry S Truman.” July 24, 1963; August 5, 1970.  3 items.

 

300-59            Christmas card and letter to Al Hirt from Richard Nixon (possibly signed by Autopen), The White House, thanking Hirt for taking part in Nixon’s campaign for the Presidency.  December 4, 1972.  3 items.

 

300-60            Letter to Zide and Al [Hirt] from John Ashcroft, Governor, State of Missouri, expressing appreciation for help during his campaign for that office.  April 15, 1985.  1 item.

                        Ms. letter to Al [Hirt] from John Ashcroft, Governor, State of Missouri, expressing birthday greetings and friendship.  November 6, 1987.  1 item.

 

300-61            Letter from Agnes Moorehead to Gretchen [Hirt, Al’s daughter], including references to filming the television series Bewitched; with notation, “J— file for Gretch.”  July 7, 1970.  1 item.

                        Carbon copy of letter to Miss Moorehead, unsigned, concerning the writer’s [Gretchen Hirt’s?] work under [June] Havoc as a member of the New Orleans Repertory Theatre.  July 7, 1970.  1 item.

 

300-62            Acknowledgments of condolences from (1) Peggy Lee and (2) William H. Sullivan, Jr., President, New England Patriots Ball Club.  [December 4, 1985], February 11, 1986.  4 items.

 

300-63            Christmas cards from Barbara and Don Rickels, one accompanied by acknowl­edg­ment of condolences (1986).  [198-], [1986].  3 items.

 

300-64            Christmas cards from Bob and Dolores [Hope].  [198-, 1983-1986].  6 items.

 

300-65            Christmas card from Michael and Katrin DeBakey, accompanied by letter from Dr. DeBakey to Zide and Al, conveying thanks for a Christmas gift of Aunt Sally’s pralines.  January 10, 1987.  2 items.

                        Note from Katrin DeBakey to Al [Hirt], thanking him for a photograph and record.  December 3, 1979.  1 item.

 

300-66            Other christmas greetings, including cards Pete & Bev Fountain, Stan & Lil Musial, and Chris Owens, and samples of the Al Hirts’ cards.  Includes envelopes without cards.  [ca. 1984-1986].  11 items.

 

300-67            Miscellaneous notes, postcards, greeting cards, etc., some accompanied by photographs; includes affectionate note from Connie Stevens.  [19--], 1983-1987.  11 items.

 

300-68            Correspondence with Stan Musial; includes photocopy of check to Al Hirt in the amount of $1,000, confirmation copy of telegram from Zide and Jumbo [Hirt] to Musial, conveying birthday greetings; ticket to Game 4 of the 1985 World Series signed by Musial; and copy of 1985 World Series program inscribed: “To Zide  Best wishes to our friend—  Love  Stan Musial.”  1985.  4 items.

 

300-69            Letter to Al [Hirt] from Chaim Potok offering condolences on the death of Hirt’s daughter.  January 14, 1986.  2 items.

 

300-70            Letter to Al and Zide [Hirt] from George Burns expressing thanks for birthday greetings and alluding to his own longevity.  February 6, 1986.  2 items.

                        Confirmation copy of telegram to George Burns from Zide and Al Hirt, wishing him a happy birthday.  January 17, 1986.  1 item.

 

300-71            Letter to Zide and Al [Hirt] from Marian, November 3, 1986, accompanied by clipping about Al Hirt from The Village Voice (November 1986) and 14 color snapshots apparently taken in May 1986 in Marathon, Florida; also, post card to Zide & Jumbo [Hirt] from Leo & Marian.  1986.  18 items.

 

300-72            Letter to Zide & Al [Hirt] from Tex & Sandi [Beneke], sending thanks for a Christmas card and photograph.  December 26, 1986.  2 items.

 

            Subseries III.3:        Messages Concerning Professional Activities

 

300-73            Letter to Al [Hirt] from James S. Foglesong, Producer, RCA Victor Record Division, concerning Hirt’s forthcoming album.  October 24, 1966.  1 item.

 

300-74            Fan letters, letters of thanks, and requests for photographs; includes letter from Jimmy Dean.  Also correspondence concerning the purchase of mouthpieces, accompanied by brochure.  1972-1984.  7 items.

 

300-75            Correspondence, itinerary, list of musicians, and contracts for Big Band tour.  1980.  4 items.

 

300-76            Letters to Al Hirt requesting or concerning Hirt’s appearance at upcoming benefit and fund-raising events; includes admit card.  1983-1985.  6 items.

 

300-77            Letters, brochures, and miscellany pertaining to the Louisiana World Exposition (May 12-November 11, 1984), at which Al Hirt performed and sponsored a restaurant, Al Hirt’s Seafood Warehouse.  1983-1985.  28 items.

 

300-78            Letter to Al and Zide [Hirt] from Edward M. Kennedy, on letterhead of Fund for a Democratic Majority, thanking Al for performing at his home.  June 18, 1985.  2 items.

 

 

BOX 3

 

Series IV.  Pictorial Materials

 

            Subseries IV.1:       Photographs of Al Hirt

 

300-79            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears alone, holding trumpet.  1951, [ca. 1950s-1980s].  34 items.

 

300-80            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears alone, playing trumpet.  1950, [ca. 1960s-1980s].  37 items.

 

300-81            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears, holding trumpet, with others (mostly unidentified).  [ca. 1950s-1980s].  8 items.

 

300-82            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears, playing the trumpet, with others (mostly unidentified).  [ca. 1950s-1980s].  37 items.

 

300-83            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears alone, without trumpet [ca. 1950s-1980s].  41 items.

 

300-84            Posed and candid publicity photographs in which Al Hirt appears with others (mostly unidentified).  [ca. 1950s-1980s].  35 items.

 

300-85            Posed publicity photographs of Al Hirt, inscribed to Zide [Jahncke Hirt].  [1960s?, 1980s].  4 items.

 

300-86            Posed publicity photographs of Al Hirt and others on the occasion of the release of recording, “Al Hirt: The Greatest Horn in the World.”  [1961].  9 items.

 

300-87            Caricature, “Al Hirt at Disneyland,” by Jess Rubio.  1963.  1 item.

                        Drawing depicting Al Hirt playing trumpet.  [ca. 1980s].  7 items, including duplicates.

 

300-88            Candid photographs taken at rehearsal for recording session of “‘Pops’ Goes the Trumpet (Holiday for Brass): Al Hirt, Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler.”  [1964].  3 items.

 

300-89            Posed publicity photographs of Al Hirt, taken during the same photo session.  [ca. 1960s].  47 items, including duplicates.

 

300-90            Posed publicity photographs of Al Hirt leaving on Big Band tour.  [1980].  2 items.

 

300-91            Candid photographs of Al Hirt and others, some inscribed to Hirt.  [ca. 1960s, 1980s].  3 items.

 

300-92            Snapshots of persons and places associated with Al Hirt.  [ca. 1980s].  9 items.

 

300-93            Photographs and proofs of Al Hirt, associated with his football interests (he was an early co-owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise).  [ca. late 1960s].  30 items, including duplicates.

 

300-94            Photographs of Al Hirt and others at Al Hirt Starprint Ceremony, Six Flags Stars Hall of Fame, Orlando, Florida.  February 25, 1983.  5 items.

 

300-95            Invitation to and candid photographs of “Golden Nugget,” an evening at Al Hirt’s Basin Street South, “hosted by Al’s friends Frank Sinatra and Stephen Wynn, Chairman of the Board Golden Nugget.”  April 14, 1983.  17 items.

 

300-96            Candid photographs of Al Hirt apparently taken during unidentified performance.  8 copies each of 2 poses.  [ca. 1980s].  16 items, including duplicates.

 

300-97            Photographs of Al Hirt and others, associated with Hirt’s interest in horse racing.

                               Redd Foxx Classic: Mickey’s Echo.  February 9, 1983.  2 copies.  2 items.

                               The Gazelle Handicap: High Schemes.  August 28, 1983.  1 item.

                               Tudor Card.  January 24, 1984.  1 item.

                               Hard Sea Handicap Series No. 1: Royal Bayou.  April 11, 1987.  Jefferson Downs.  Accom­panied by two photographs of Hirt [with winning owner and family?] and photocopy of letter enclosed with photographs.  4 items.

                               Reef Commander.  May 22, 1987.  Accompanied by photocopy of related news article, additional photographs, related correspondence.  5 items.

 

              Subseries IV.2:      Other Photographs

 

300-98            Photographs of other persons, chiefly performers and sports figures; includes photographs of Zide Jahncke Hirt, Virgil L. Grissom (astronaut).  Many in­scribed by subject to Al and/or Zide Jahncke Hirt.  1952-[1980s].  18 items.

 

300-99            Photographs of Dan’s Pier 600, 501 Bourbon Street corner St. Louis, at which Al Hirt appeared and which he later owned.  [ca. 1950s].  4 items.

 

300-100         “Before” and “after” photographs of interior of Al Hirt Club, 501 Bourbon Street, corner St. Louis (opened May 14, 1964).  [ca. 1960s].

 

300-101         Drawing depicting Al Hirt Club, 501 Bourbon Street.  [ca. 1970s].

 

            Subseries IV.3:       Other Visual Materials

 

300-102         “Moon Mullins” cartoon pertaining to Al Hirt.  January 12, 1969.  1 item.

 

300-103         China plate [from Al Hirt Club?] bearing image of Hirt playing trumpet; facsimile of his signature.  [ca. 1970s].  1 item.

 

BOX 4

 

300-104         Molded sculpture caricature of Al Hirt holding trumpet, by R. Reyes.  [19--].  1 item.

 

300-105         Caricature depicting child blowing trumpet hard; captioned, “MORAL: You can work too hard!”  [19--].  1 item.

 

BOX 5

 

300-106         Caricature of Al Hirt playing trumpet, by [Hachecomd ?].  Inscribed “Zide-- I’ll always love you!  Jumbo  July 1, 1983.”  Framed.  c1980.  1 item.

 

300-107         “Sugar Lips.”  Caricature of Al Hirt playing trumpet, another performer playing bass, by [Hachecomd ?].  Inscribed “To my love ‘Z’--  My one and only love-- “Jumbo”  July 1, 1983.”  Framed.  c1980.  1 item.

 

 

BOX 6

 

Series V.       Publicity Materials

 

            Subseries V.1:        Press Releases, Announcements, Brochures, Etc.

 

300-108         “Al Hirt: He’s the King!”  Brochure issued by Hirt’s management, Gerald W. Purcell, and booking agency, Associated Booking Corp.  [ca. 1961].  5 items, including duplicates.

 

300-109         “Presenting Al Hirt.”  Pamphlet issued by Hirt’s management, Gerald W. Purcell.  [1961].  1 item.

 

300-110         “Presenting Al Hirt.”  Pamphlet issued by Hirt’s management, Gerald W. Purcell.  [ca. 1966].  4 items, including duplicates.

 

300-111         “Closeup Al Hirt.” Publicity pamphlet.  [ca. 1969].  8 items, including duplicates.

 

300-112         “Young People and Music.”  By Al Hirt and Pete Fountain.  Kenosha, Wis.: G. LeBlanc Corp., [ca. 1970s].  6 items, including duplicates.

 

300-113         Brochure and advertisements publicizing Al Hirt’s recordings, including “‘Pops’ Goes the Trumpet (Holiday for Brass)” and “Sugar Lips.”  [ca. 1960s, 1964].  5 items.

 

300-114         Mock-up of record jackets for “Down by the Riverside,” “The Old Folks at Home, “I Love Paris,” and “Lover Come Back to Me”; and “That Honey Horn Sound” album.  [1960s].  2 items.

 

300-115         Advertising brochure promoting the Jet-tone mouthpiece, endorsed by Al Hirt.  [ca. 1960s].  3 items.

 

300-116         Miscellaneous advertising brochures and press releases.  1962-1985.  11 items.

 

300-117         Poster promoting Al Hirt’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, 501 Bourbon.  1980.  9 copies.

 

            Subseries V.2:        Press Clippings

 

300-118         Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Miscellaneous topics.  August 1979 - August 1980.  1 item.

 

300-119         Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Miscellaneous topics.  July 1980 - October 1980.  1 item.

 

BOX 7

 

300-120         Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Topic: Big Band road tour.  May 1980 - December 1980.  1 item.

 

300-121         Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Topic: Hirt’s concert in Abilene, Texas, November 21, 1980.  September 1980 - November 1980.  1 item.

 

300-122         Scrapbook containing clippings of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Topic: Al Hirt’s Basin Street South.  July 1980 - March 1981.  1 item.

 

300-123         Photocopies (bound) of newspaper articles mentioning Al Hirt.  Topics include “Golden Nugget” party with Frank Sinatra, closing Hirt’s night club in the French Quarter.  March 23, 1983 - July 9, 1983.  1 item.

 

 

Series VI.      Miscellany

 

300-124         Vital records pertaining to Al Hirt.  Copy of baptism certificate, driver’s license copy of certificate of marriage to Zide B. Jahncke, announcement of marriage to Zide Jahncke, copy of military records, driver’s license.  1962, 1980, 1984, 1986.  5 items.

 

300-125         Certificates, proclamations, honorary memberships, etc., honoring Al Hirt.  1964, 1975, 1984, 1987.  16 items.

 

300-126         Materials pertaining to Al Hirt’s night clubs.  Includes samples of stationery and napkins, two autographed postcards.  [198-], 1982, 1985.  44 items, including duplicates.

 

300-127         Materials pertaining to Al Hirt’s trumpet.  Certificate of guarantee and two brochures about proper care.  [19--].  4 items.

 

300-128         Ms. lyrics of songs associated with New Orleans: “Do You Know What It Means,” “New Orleans,” “Bourbon St. Parade,” and “Way Down Yonder in N.O.” (two versions, parody and “really”).  [19--].  1 item.

 

300-129         Materials pertaining to other performers.  Includes souvenir of Frank Sinatra’s performance at Caesars Palace; Chuck Mangione postcard inscribed to Zide [Hirt]; pamphlet promoting Peggy Lee; program from Zorba autographed by Anthony Quinn and Lila Kedrova; ticket stub from “Al Hirt/Buddy Rich in Concert,” autographed by Buddy Rich; playbill from Festival on Ice inscribed to Zide [Hirt] by Scott Hamilton and inscribed or signed numerous other members of the cast; two postcards depicting Harpo the Clown, one signed and the other inscribed to Zide & Al [Hirt].  [198-], 1983, 1984, 1987.  12 items.

 

300-130         Reproductions of New Orleans memorabilia.  Includes facsimile of “Extract from the Reconstructed Constitution of the State of Louisiana” (1868), facsimile of The Times-Democrat Exposition Supplement (March 26, 1884), photocopy of “List of Telephone Subscribers, New Orleans Telephonic Exchange” (1879), and replica of a picayune coin (1775).  [19--, 1987].  3 items.

 

 

 

 

Index Terms

 

 

Hirt, Al

Hirt, Zide Jahncke

Music—LouisianaNew Orleans