The American Song Book: The Tin Pan Alley Era by Philip Furia

The American Song Book: The Tin Pan Alley Era

byPhilip Furia, Laurie J. Patterson

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The American Song Book, Volume I: The Tin Pan Alley Era is the first in a projected five-volume series of books that will reprint original sheet music, including covers, of songs that constitute the enduring standards of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, and other lyricists andcomposers of what has been called the "Golden Age" of American popular music. These songs have done what popular songs are not supposed to do-stayed popular. They have been reinterpreted year after year, generation after generation, by jazz artists such as Charlie Parker and Art Tatum, EllaFitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra began recording albums of these standards and was soon followed by such singers as Tony Bennet, Doris Day, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt. In more recent years, these songs have been reinterpreted by Rod Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr.,Carly Simon, Lady GaGa, K.D. Laing, Paul McCartney, and, most recently, Bob Dylan. As such, these songs constitute the closest thing America has to a repertory of enduring classical music.In addition to reprinting the sheet music for these classic songs, authors Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson place these songs in historical context with essays about the sheet-music publishing industry known as Tin Pan Alley, the emergence of American musical comedy on Broadway, and the "talkie"revolution that made possible the Hollywood musical. The authors also provide biographical sketches of songwriters, performers, and impresarios such as Florenz Ziegfeld. In addition, they analyze the lyrical and musical artistry of each song and relate anecdotes, sometimes amusing, sometimespoignant, about how the songs were created. The American Songbook is a book that can be read for enjoyment on its own or be propped on the piano to be played and sung.

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Philip Furia has written several books on American popular song, including biographies of Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Johnny Mercer. His work has been praised in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications, and he has been interviewed on Larry King Live, Fresh Air, A and E's Biography, and other national and i...
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Title:The American Song Book: The Tin Pan Alley EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 31, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199391882

ISBN - 13:9780199391882

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IntroductionTin Pan AlleyCharles K. Harris"After the Ball"Ragtime"Hello, Ma Baby""Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?"Bob Cole and F. Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson"Under the Bamboo Tree"George M. Cohan"Give My Regards to Broadway""The Yankee Doodle Boy""You're a Grand Old Flag"Shelton Brooks"Some of These Days"Irving Berlin"Alexander's Ragtime Band"The Dance Craze"Everybody's Doin' It Now"Ernie Burnett"My Melancholy Baby"Joseph McCarthy and James Monaco"You Made Me Love You"W. C. Handy"St, Louis Blues"Jerome Kern"They Didn't Believe Me"ASCAPIrving Berlin on Broadway"Play a Simple Melody""I Love a Piano"Spencer Williams"I Ain't Got Nobody"George M. Cohan Goes to War"Over There"The Princess ShowsP. G. Wodehouse"Till the Clouds Roll By"Henry Creamer and Turner Layton"After You've Gone"Joseph McCarthy and Harry Carroll"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"Private Irving Berlin"Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning"The Ziegfeld Follies"A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody"George Gershwin"Swanee"Otto Harbach"The Love Nest"Buddy DeSylva"Avalon""Look for the Silver Lining"Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake"I'm Just Wild About Harry"Irving Berlin and The Music Box Theater"Say It With Music""All by Myself'Gus Kahn"Ain't We Got Fun"Walter Donaldson"Carolina in the Morning"Fred Fisher"Chicago"Ira Gershwin"I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise"Notes and References