America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley
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America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley

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'America's Songs' tells the stories behind the most beloved popular songs of the last century. This book, along with telling the stories, suggests, simply and succinctly, what makes a song great. It describes the way each song melds words and music, sentiment and melody.
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Routledge (first published May 12th 2006)
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Joan
The concise stories behind Broadway and Tin Pan Alley songs are fascinating reading.

I was so enthralled by the Cole Porter section of the book, that I ordered a download of Poter's greatest hits.
Louis Armstrong singing "Let's Fall in Love" is not to be missed!

The co-author of this book, Michael Lasser, gave a very animated presentation at the Frist and he would be a wonderful speaker for our choral and music students.
David
Furia goes through all the standards, providing anecdotes about each song's origins and a little analysis of what makes it special.
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