Archives Collection

SANTANGELO, JOHN                                                                                            95-002



Physical Description:

.5 l.f. manuscript materials

548 publicity photographs

11 pieces of sheet music






All lyrics and music are currently under copyright. All federal copyright laws for copying apply.



Compiled by John Santangelos during the course of his work at Charlton Publications. Donated originally by Santangelo to the Country Music Foundation in December 1994, and forwarded to CPM by Ronnie Pugh in May 1995.


Biographical Sketch:

“Mr. Santagelo was the president of Charlton Publications located in Derby Connecticutt. His father, John Santangelo, Sr. started this company in the 1940s. Hit Parader was published by this company for over 40 years…Other popular magazines in the music area[sic] were Country Song Roundup and Song Hits. Mr. Santangelo is no longer in the pubishing business.” [quoted from a letter from his administrative assistant].


Scope and Content:

Eleven (11) pieces of standard sheet music of pop tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. 548 publicity photographs of various  popular music personalities. The manuscript materials are comprised of .25 l.f. of typed song lyrics and .25 l.f. of sheet music. These materials, along with the publicity photos, appear to be the drafts used for publication in the song magazines. They were used by permission of the authors and publishers for these publications. Lists of the songs in each group follow.



The photographs have been distributed among the iconographic files by artists’ names. Photocopies of the sheet music have been housed in the sheet music collection and entered on the sheet music database. The sheet music and song lyric sheets are in the manuscripts collection, filed by the accession number.*


*The publicity photographs have been dispersed in the Iconographic Names File and Bio-Pr category of InMagic and can be searched under “Images.” A finding aid for the Names file is located in the reading room.