American Popular Song Composers: Oral Histories, 1920s-1950s

American Popular Song Composers: Oral Histories, 1920s-1950s

By: Michael Whorf (author)Paperback

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The first half of the twentieth century was filled with drama, excitement, heartbreak and joy--emotions that all fed into the themes of America's popular music. This two-volume history contains biographies the leading American composers and lyricists, the gifted men and women who wrote the great popular songs from the 1920s to the 1960s. Featured in this volume are interviews with many of the legendary composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway, among them 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. Included are photographs and rare sheet music reproductions, as well as fascinating information on the stories behind the songs.

About Author

Michael Whorf is a veteran broadcaster, producer and writer, widely known for his 39-year tenure with Detroit radio station WJR. In 2008 Mr. Whorf was elected into the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780786465378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780786465378
  • ISBN10: 0786465379

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