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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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Six Versions of "My Man" - From Fanny Brice to Glee, Ballad to Broadway

I am fascinated by the different ways people can interpret the same song. Last week, I wrote a post about Billie Holiday and how I came to appreciate her and how the song that helped me to appreciate her was”My Man.” While I was looking up Billie Holiday’s many versions of the song on youtube, I came across several other versions and it was interesting to trace the evolution of the song: ballad, jazz, Broadway; from storytelling to an emotional display. 733 more words

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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

With my new computer I’ve been listen to all the music that I have and I’ve finally gotten to this album. It is one of the gems that I own in that it sort of updates the sounds of classic Gershwin numbers. 71 more words


Billie Holiday Sings "My Man"

When I first became interested in American popular music, the music that is now referred to as The Great American Songbook, the singers I most often listened to were Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Doris Day. 728 more words

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Is “The Great American Songbook” Overrated?


But it is overstated.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called “Great American Songbook” in recent years. These are songs from what are supposedly music’s golden years, written by composers and sung by singers long gone. 2,479 more words