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Chapter VII: The Big Beat, 1951-1968.

As radio programming became more local after World War II and, thus, more particular and regional in its aim, ironically, it became more influential and began to break down boundaries.   547 more words

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Chapter VI: Brill Building Boys and Girl, 1950-1955.

The Brill Building, located at 1619 Broadway Avenue in New York City, had become the new Tin Pan Alley by the early 1950’s.  It was a building full of music publishers.   413 more words

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Chapter V: What Happened to the Music? 1946-1954.

This chapter begins with the end of the big band era.  In 1945 the networks dropped 12 bands from their regular radio shows.  By December of 1946 Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Woody Herman, and Les Brown dissolved their big bands – although the last two were to reform their bands later.   402 more words

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Chapter IV - As Time Goes By, 1941-1948

With the beginning of World War II, there was a call for songs to help the war effort, just as at the time of World War I, but not as much of a response.   600 more words

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Chapter III: Jukebox Saturday Night 1925-1942

Continuing with our summary of the contents of Ben Yagoda’s book “The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song” we encounter, if not the death, at least the final illness of Tin Pan Alley.   613 more words

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"The B-Side:" Chapter 1: "Mr. Miller and Mr. Schwartz"

Above is one half of the title – Mitch Miller.  Arthur Schwartz, on the other hand, was a seasoned Broadway composer, not top echelon like Cole Porter or George Gershwin, but a respectable, second tier composer.   1,089 more words

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"The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song"

This is the title of a book published this year by Ben Yagoda which I will be reviewing in the next several posts.  After reading it, I am convinced that it is very important for understanding American popular song – at least in the 20th century.   373 more words

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