America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, by Philip Furia

By Philip Furia

"America's Songs" tells the "stories at the back of" the main liked well known songs of the final century. all of us have songs that experience a unique that means in our lives; listening to them conjures up a different time or position. Little ask yourself that those particular songs became enduring classics. not anything brings the roarin '20s to lifelike "Tea for 2" or "I'm simply Wild approximately Harry"; the nice melancholy is evoked in all of its discomfort and distress in songs like "Brother are you able to Spare a Dime?"; "God Bless the United States" revives the robust wish that American democracy promised to the area through the darkish days of global conflict II; "Young at middle" inspires the postwar optimism of the '50s. after which, there are the numerous songs of affection, new romance, and heartbreak: "As Time is going By", "Always", "Am I Blue"...the record is unending. besides telling the tales in the back of those songs, "America's Songs" indicates, easily and succinctly, what makes a tune nice. The ebook illuminates the best way every one nice tune melds phrases and track - sentiment and melody - right into a seamless entire. "America's Songs" additionally strains the interesting yet mysterious strategy of collaboration, the give-and-take among craftsmen, a composer and a lyricist, as they mixed their abilities to create a tune. "America's Songs" is interesting interpreting for a person attracted to the background of the songs that the United States loves.

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Even though he chases rainbows, he never catches them. ” Carroll gets only part of the credit for the song’s mournful melody because he based it on Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor. That kind of wink-and-nudge lifting from the classics is as old as Tin Pan Alley itself. It was so common at the start of the twentieth century that lyricist Will D. ” Filching a song covers everything from gentle borrowing to plagiarism so blatant the composer ends up in court. Probably the most notorious of the lawsuits concerned Vincent Rose, Buddy DeSylva, and Al Jolson’s “Avalon,” which became a hit after Jolson interpolated it into his 1920 Broadway show, Bombo.

In reality, however, Irving Berlin never had to heed reveille again. Till We Meet Again Lyrics by Raymond Egan, music by Richard Whiting Singer Margaret Whiting said that her father, composer Richard Whiting, “was a shy man who never took his success for granted. ” With America’s entry into World War I, everybody was writing war songs. Whiting and lyricist Ray Egan, both on the songwriting staff at Jerome H. Remick’s music publishing company, were working on a number to enter in a war song contest in Detroit.

At just that moment, an electrician happened to flip on the lights, “throwing the girl’s legs, thighs, and torso into silhouette” from below. That was all the song needed. “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” became a huge hit, averaging ten encores a night. “We made $24,000 off that in one year,” Ayer remembered. ” 1912 Mother Machree Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young, music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest R. ” Although songwriting was very much a man’s business, Young was not the only woman to write important songs in the early days of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.

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