Love Me Tender
the Stories Behind the World's Favourite Songs
By (author) Max Cryer
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Love Me Tender by Max Cryer
Book DescriptionSome of the world's best-loved songs have had remarkable origins. Had Robert Burns not heard an old man sing a quavering version of an ancient Scottish country song, we would never have had 'Auld Lang Syne'. Miss Jane Ross wrote down the tune she heard played by a piper at an Irish village fair in 1855. Had she not done so, the rest of the world would not have heard 'Danny Boy'. Marie Antoinette heard a peasant nurse sing an obscure lullaby to her princely son. The empress's unexpected promotion of the song resulted in its now being listed by The Guinness Book of Records as one of the three most familiar songs in the world. Love Me Tender tells the remarkable stories behind 40 popular and traditional songs. Some evolved from folksongs, some are from musical theatre, while others hit the mark because a particular recording appeared at just the right time. In some cases, one word made all the difference: Paul McCartney composed a tune but could only think of the words 'scrambled eggs' to fit it, but fortunately he later came up with the perfect solution - 'Yesterday'. In a book full of surprises and curiosities, Max Cryer reveals stories from all around the world, and from artists as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Elton John. This truly fascinating book makes enthralling reading.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921497025
(210mm x 155mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Exisle Publishing
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
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Cat's Out of the Bag, Paperback (February 2015)
Established entertainer/wordsmith delightfully celebrates cats and their behaviours from words, books, movies and more.
Is it True?, Paperback (April 2014)
Max Cryer explores the truth or otherwise of things we may believe to be true, but which on closer scrutiny may not be.
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Author Biography - Max Cryer
Max Cryer has a lifelong interest in music and trained in piano, double bass and singing. Initially a soloist at Sadler's Wells Opera in London, he soon broadened his musical horizons to encompass cabaret and music theatre. In a long career as an entertainer, he undertook seventeen tours in America, including Las Vegas. Max Cryer lives in New Zealand, where he is well known through his books, television and radio appearances.
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