American Popular Song Composers: Oral Histories, 1920s–1950s by Michael Whorf

By Michael Whorf

During this quantity, 39 of the mythical composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the Nineteen Twenties during the Nineteen Fifties speak about their careers and proportion the tales of constructing some of the so much loved songs in American track. Interviewed for radio within the mid-1970s, they comprise such giants as Harold Arlen, Eubie Blake, Cy Coleman, George Duning, Sammy Fain, Jerry Herman, Bronislaw Kaper, Henry Mancini, David Rose, Arthur Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Jimmie Van Heusen, Harry Warren, Richard Whiting, and Meredith Willson. photos and infrequent sheet tune reproductions accompany the interviews.

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Featured by many orchestras on radio, it was made into a hit by the Ink Spots. Featured on the Hit Parade for 15 weeks, it reached the number-one spot four times (author’s collection). 4. Bennie Benjamin 33 hits continued to be written; and they kept on coming, one after the other. ” “Rumors” was 15 weeks on the Hit Parade thanks to the recording by Frankie Carle and then the Andrew Sisters. “Surrender” was recorded by Perry Como and Woody Herman. ” The team started the fifties with “Can Anyone Explain” with the Ames Brothers, along with a duet done by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

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Oh, my word! A lot of musicians in those days were aping other musicians, you know, running with the big boys. I drank, in my limited way, to keep up with them, except Bix was a ‘real McCoy’ drinker. Yet, he was so genuine. He died when he was 28.

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