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George & Ira in 1937
Irving Berlin said that nobody ever wrote better songs in a single year than the Gershwins in 1937.
Racist depictions of African-Americans took different forms in the 20th century; among the most important were the jungle and its denizens.
The Greatest Follies
Irving Berlin wrote most of the score and Eddie Cantor occupied the spotlight in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.
The Coming of Vaudeville
Songs from those decades when Tony Pastor and the circuits were forming America’s first great entertainment of the 20th century.
The Bands of the 20s and 30s
Big Bands emerged for dancing in the 1920s, but we’ll see how they changed over the next decade and a half.
Love Letters: The Songs of Edward Heyman
Imagine writing the lyrics to “Body and Soul,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” and nobody’s heard of you.
The Songs of Henry Clay Work
Stephen Foster is the most famous songwriter of the 19th century, but Work joins Foster on the short list of the most important composers of their century.
Fancy You Fancying Me
Playful songs about the fanciful, imaginative business of falling in love
Jerry and Oscar
Unlike Richard Rodgers or George Gershwin, Jerome Kern never had a single collaborator, but more than anymore, he wrote with Oscar Hammertein.
Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Plus
There has never been a more important song than “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” now just over a hundred years old.
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