Thursday, January 01, 2009

Powerhouse accordion-style

Snared on eBay—cheap. Five-page sheet music now scanned and cleaned up. Got a squeezebox? Want a free pdf? Drop us a note, ask nice.

Vintage uncertain: "Powerhouse" was composed by Scott and copyrighted by Circle Music, his original publishing company, in 1937. Circle was listed on this accordion chart as publisher. However, Circle ceased to exist in 1943 when Scott's catalog was sold to Warner Bros., who folded it into their Advanced Music Corp. holdings.

In 1964, U.S. rights to "Powerhouse" and hundreds of other Scott titles reverted to the composer, who sold most of them to Music Sales Corp., the current publisher. Warner retained non-U.S. international rights, now controlled by the umbrella corporation Warner-Chappell. Scott retained about one hundred copyrights for his self-owned publishing company Gateway Music.

The 1943 sale of Circle rights to Warner provided the foundation for Carl Stalling's freedom to adapt Scott compositions in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Hat tip to Jeff Winner for the eBay alerts.

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