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Joel S. Herron Collection

Accession Numbers

12-030

Type of Material

Manuscript Materials, Sheet Music, Sound Recordings, Photographs

Textual records including personal and business correspondence, business records, sheet music, music compositions, popular music, orchestrations, drawings, and manuscript writings, as well as reel-to-reel tapes, a small number of photographs, and records, largely 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, and limited number of newspaper clippings comprise the materials of the Joel S. Herron Collection.

Physical Description

The Joel Herron Collection consists of 44.8 linear feet of records in 86 boxes.

Dates

1930-2008.

Abstract (Descriptive Summary)

The Joel S. Herron Collection documents the personal and professional life of Joel S. Herron. However, the collection primarily records his professional life. Accordingly, the materials in the collection largely consist of textual records related to Herrons involvement in the music business as a composer, producer, arranger, band director, and business owner. These records include: business correspondence, business records, sheet music, music compositions, popular music, orchestrations, drawings, advertisement scripts (primarily for television commercials) and other business related manuscript writings. Other materials include reel-to-reel tapes, a limited number of business related photographs, and 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. The collection also contains a tiny sampling of newspaper clippings that document Herrons involvement in the music business. A small number of the materials in the Joel S. Herron Collection record aspects of Herrons personal life. These records include book manuscripts, correspondence, journal entries, and photographs.

 

Restrictions

Patrons may access the Joel S. Herron Collection. Property rights reside with Middle Tennessee State University. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs as stipulated by United States copyright law. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Center for Popular Music. Original order of the materials has been maintained in so far as possible. The processor devised the basic organizational scheme for the collection, reorganizing the materials within component groups where necessary. A number of materials in the collection contain confidential information, primarily social security numbers. The archivist must make copies of the records held in the following folders and redact the confidential information contained in them before allowing access:  

Box 53, folder #5

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Box 53, folder #11

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Box 53, folder #14

Box 53, folder #17

Box 54, folder #1

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Box 54, folder #4

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Box 55, folder #4

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Box 55, folder#10

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Box 55, folder#17

Box 55, folder #18

Box 56, folder#4

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Box 56, folder#10

Box 56, folder#11

Box 56, folder#12

Box 57, folder#4

Box 57, folder#5

Box 57, folder#6

Box 57, folder#10

Box 57, folder #13

 

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Joel S. Herron created or acquired the records contained in the Joel S. Herron Collection over the course of his career in the music business, as well as his personal life. In 2012 Roark Herron, son of Joel S. Herron, donated his father’s records to the Center for Popular Music.

Preferred Citation

[Document, record, item, etc.] From the Joel S. Herron Collection, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

Subject/Index Terms

Business records

Commercial Correspondence

Music Trade

Sound recordings

Composition (Music)

Popular music—writing and publishing

Arrangement (Music)

Instrumentation and orchestration (Band)

Music—Lead sheets

Advertising

Commercial art

Music in advertising

Promotional films

Personal correspondence

Diaries

Photographs

Clippings Herron, Joel S.

Herron, Geraldine

Herron, Roark

Herron, Bill

Musicians

Conductors

Producer (music)

Arrangers (musicians)

Businesspeople

Authors

Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Joel Herron was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 16, 1916 and died in Charleston, South Carolina on January 30, 2012, living to be 96 years old. He graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago from 1933-1935. He had two marriages, the first to Gertrude Meyer a model and mother of surviving children, Roark Herron and Lama Ji. His second and late wife was Geraldine Hamburg, a former Chicago Quiz Kid, Julliard graduate, who appeared in the original Broadway production of The King and I with Yul Brenner as well as singing in operas conducted by Toscanini and Stravinsky.

Joel Herron was the notable songwriter (he wrote the music and Jack Wolfe and Frank Sinatra created the lyrics) of Im a Fool to Want You that has been subsequently recorded by Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Donald Byrd, and others. It was his hit. In addition, Joel was a composer, arranger, conductor, and author, and copyrighted 118 works (list attached). His stage scores include Go Fight City Hall and he wrote a number of musical themes for various musical commercials, as well as a recording performed by Roberta Flack (Cream Smooth Jazz for Manischewitz wine).

He was the Musical Director at WMGM between 1946 and 1956 for MGM Theatre of the Air, MGM Musical Comedy Theatre of the Air, the U.S. Treasury program Guest Star, and the Jane Froman Show. Joel was also the conductor for the Jimmy Dean Show that aired on WCBS TV in the mid 1950s and orchestra leader on the Jaye P. Morgan Show. In addition, he worked closely with Johnny Mandel (whom he mentored early on), Hans Conried (in creating the album Monster Rally), Morey Amsterdam (on WMGM), Bucky Pizzarelli (on several pieces), and was a dear friend of Jimmy Dean. He also toured a bit with Jane Froman who sought his talents on the piano and as band leader. Joel Herron conducted his orchestra in night clubs and hotels (mostly in the NYC area where he lived most his adult life), and was notably the band leader at the famous Copacabana Club and Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel in NYC for a short period in the 1950s and traveled as band leader with the Barry Sisters on a play tour in Israel in 1962.

 

Scope and Content

The Joel S. Herron Collection primarily consists of materials created by or acquired during the course of Joel S. Herrons career as a musician, composer, band director, music producer, and aspiring writer. The collection also contains a small number of personal records. The business related records in the collection are primarily music based. Most of them are commercial (published) or manuscript (unpublished) pieces of music. These include orchestrations, popular music, lead sheets, music compositions, etc. Correspondence, bills, contracts, advertising campaigns, etc. represent the remaining business records in the collection. The personal records of the collection consist of correspondence, book drafts, journal entries, various scripts, newspaper clippings, etc. The collection also consists of business and personal photographs, as well as a small number of musical recordings (primarily 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm).

 

Series Description

The Joel S. Herron collection is arranged into six series.  

Series I: Business  

Subseries I-Music

Sub-subseries I- Commercial music & lyrics

Sub-subseries II- Orchestrations

Sub-subseries III-Popular Music  

 

Subseries II-Manuscript Music and Lyrics

Sub-subseries I- Orchestrations

Sub-subseries II- Popular Music  

Subseries III- Business correspondence

Subseries IV- Business records

Subseries V- Misc. Business Records

Subseries VI- Commercial (advertising) and other scripts

Subseries VII- Assorted manuscript scripts  

 

Series II: Personal Records  

Subseries I-Correspondence

Subseries II-Other personal records  

 

Series III: Photographs  

Subseries I-Business photographs

Subseries II-Personal photographs  

 

Series IV: Newspaper clippings  

 

Series V: Records (Music recordings)  

 

Series VI: Audio reels

Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Box 1, Commercial Music and Lyrics (13 folders)

Box 2, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 3, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 4, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (6 folders)

Box 5, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 6, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 7, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 8, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 9, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (7 folders)

Box 10, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (6 folders)

Box 11, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (4 folders)

Box 12, Commercial Music and Lyrics- Popular Music (5 folders)

Box 13, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (9 folders)

Box 14, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (11 folders)

Box 15, Commercial Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (11 folders)

Box 16, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (19 folders)

Box 17, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (18 folders)

Box 18, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (21 folders)

Box 19, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (21 folders)

Box 20, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (28 folders)

Box 21, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (24 folders)

Box 22, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (15 folders)

Box 23, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (14 folders)

Box 24, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (13 folders)

Box 25, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (18 folders)

Box 26, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (17 folders)

Box 27, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (15 folders)

Box 28, Manuscript Music and Lyrics (12 folders)

Box 29, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (15 folders)

Box 30, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (16 folders)

Box 31, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (20 folders)

Box 32, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (20 folders)

Box 33, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (18 folders)

Box 34, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (19 folders)

Box 35, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (15 folders)

Box 36, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (17 folders)

Box 37, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (21 folders)

Box 38, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (15 folders)

Box 39, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (12 folders)

Box 40, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (14 folders)

Box 41, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (20 folders)

Box 42, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (16 folders)

Box 43, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (22 folders)

Box 44, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (23 folders)

Box 45, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (21 folders)

Box 46, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (20 folders)

Box 47, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (19 folders)

Box 48, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (14 folders)

Box 49, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 folder)

Box 50, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Popular Music (22 folders)

Box 51, Business Correspondence (19 folders)

Box 52, Business Correspondence (24 folders)

Box 53, Business Records (17 folders)

Box 54, Business Records (9 folders)

Box 55, Business Records (21 folders)

Box 56, Business Records (14 folders)

Box 57, Business Records (17 folders)

Box 58, Misc. Business Records (14 folders)

Box 59, Misc. Business Records (13 folders)

Box 60, Misc. Business Records (9 folders)

Box 61, Misc. Business Records (12 folders)

Box 62, Misc. Business Records (8 folders)

Box 63, Misc. Business Records (4 folders)

Box 64, Misc. Business Records (17 folders)

Box 65, Commercial (Advertising) and Other Scripts (8 folders)

Box 66, Assorted Manuscript Scripts (11 folders)

Box 67, Assorted Manuscript Scripts (17 folders)

Box 68, Assorted Manuscript Scripts (5 folders)

Box 69, Personal Correspondence (6 folders)

Box 70, Other Personal Records (16 folders)

Box 71, Other Personal Records (24 folders)

Box 72, Business Photographs (5 folders)

Box 73, Personal Photographs (3 folders)

Box 74, Newspapers (4 folders)

Box 75, Records (6 records, 2 folders)

Box 76, Records (13 records)

Box 77, Reels (9 reels)

Box 78, Reels (10 reels)

Box 79, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 folder)

Box 80, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (4 folders)

Box 81, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 orchestration)

Box 82, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 orchestration)

Box 83, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 orchestration)

Box 84, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 folder)

Box 85, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (2 folders)

Box 86, Manuscript Music and Lyrics-Orchestrations (1 orchestration)

Materials Cataloged Separately

The processing archivist transferred certain materials such as trade catalogs, documents relating to the American Federation of Musicians, serials, books, newspaper clippings, and sound recordings originally received with this collection to the appropriate division of the archives. These materials can be searched in the Center for Popular Music's online public access catalog.

 

Arrangement

Original order of the materials has been maintained in so far as possible. The processor devised the basic organizational scheme for the collection, reorganizing the materials within component groups where necessary. Separately cataloged materials have been minimally arranged. They are housed in labelled archival quality folders and safely stored in an archival quality bankers box. The materials listed in the Materials Cataloged Separately category are currently stored in the stacks next to the rest of the Joel S. Herron Collection.

 

Related Materials

The Center for Popular Music has several collections that relate to the Joel S. Herron Collection. These collections include the Brad McCuen Collection. McCuen worked in the music industry for thirty-one years. He worked as a music director, producer, and A&R man (artists and repertoire).

 

Location

The Center for Popular Music stores The Joel Herron Collection in the special collections storage area chronologically by accession number. Materials cataloged separately are housed in the appropriate collection by item ID number.

 

Notes

The processing archivist separated a number of materials from the Joel S. Herron Collection under the pretense that they would better serve researchers if housed with more appropriate collections and record groups at the Center for Popular Music. These materials remain available for research. Archives staff will transfer these records to more appropriate collections and records staff within the Center for Popular Music in the near future. 

Additionally, commercial and manuscript music compose most of the Joel S. Herron Collection. In the future, the collection will undergo further processing in order to separately catalog the commercial and manuscript music it contains. 

Publisher

Center for Popular Music

Rights

Patrons may access the Joel S. Herron Collection. Property rights reside with Middle Tennessee State University. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs as stipulated by United States copyright law. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Center for Popular Music. A portion of the materials are restricted due to confidential information and have been redacted.

Subject(s)

Business records, Popular music-writing and publishing, Producer (music), Music Trade

Creators

Herron, Joel S.

Authors

Herron, Geraldine, Herron, Roark, Herron, Bill

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