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Stardust Melodies
By Will Friedwald

Stardust Melodies

A Biography of 12 of America's Most Popular Songs

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Format: Paperback

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Stardust Melodies by Will Friedwald

Book Description

This pop culture history takes 12 legendary songs and, with a staggering wealth of detail and unprecedented understanding, provides an extended history of each. The circumstances under which each was written and first performed are explained and their musical and lyric content are explored. Those who were responsible for making these songs famous and performers who have left their unique marks on them are also identified. Variations in style, classic and obscure versions, brilliantly original interpretations, and ghastly travesties in the performance lifetime of each song are discussed. Also included are revelations of facts, such as Herman Hupfeld, who wrote "As Time Goes By", had a much bigger hit with "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba"; Billy Strayhorn wrote about 'a week in Paris' in "Lush Life" when he was a teenager and had never been to any city larger than Pittsburgh; and the first-ever public performance of "I Got Rhythm", sung by Ethel Merman, featured Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556525575
ISBN-10: 1556525575
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Sinatra! the Song is You by Will Friedwald Sinatra! the Song is You, Paperback (March 1997)

This text chronicles, critiques and celebrates Sinatra's five-decade career. Friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs, with an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances.

Jazz Singing by Will Friedwald Jazz Singing, Paperback (August 1996)

This book is an overview of jazz and jazz-influenced pop singers. Among the major figures discussed are Armstrong, Crosby, Holiday, Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Eckstine, Vaughan, Torme and Bennett, along with descriptions of the contributions of secondary and forgotten talents.

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Author Biography - Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald is the author of "Jazz Singing," "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies," "Sinatra! The Song Is You," and "The Warner Bros. Cartoons." He coauthored "The Good Life" with Tony Bennett and was a contributor to "The Future of Jazz." He is one of the leading contemporary writers of liner notes.

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