song sheet cover for L. Wolfe Gilbert and Richard Fall's song
from the 1925 edition of Nikita Balieff's entertainment,
as produced at the 49th Street Theatre, New York, on 14 January 1925
The central caricature in the design of this song sheet is a portrait of the Armenian vaudevillian Nikita Balieff (1877? -1936) whose bat-shaped eyebrows are a reference to the title of his successful series of entertainments known as Chauve-Souris. For further information, see Wikipedia.
'O, Katharina!' written by L. Wolfe Gilbert, with music by Richard Fall, was introduced to American audiences in Chauve-Souris by Darian Birse, 'a Russian grand opera singer,' in Russian peasant costume. The song was something of a hit that year and was recorded for the Victor label (19628-A, mx 32227-3, 3.2mb) by Billy Murray on 19 March 1925.
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