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Famous American, chorus leader, showman, glee club pioneer, golf tournament host, and entrepreneur. Fred Waring was all of these and more, an enigma who held together a major musical organization for sixty-seven years, a man at ease on stage but loathe to sit through meetings, a man so earnest in his patriotism that by the 1980s he was considered almost an endangered species. Virginia Waring, his wife of thirty years, chronicles both his many achievements and his shortcomings with candor and affection in Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. Her gracefully written biography traces Waring's childhood in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, his rise to fame as a bandleader, development and promotion of the Waring Blendor\u00ae, leadership of Shawnee Press, concert tours, radio and television programs, and his legacy of the highest possible standards in music as in life. This intimate portrait of an American legend is accompanied by a compact disc with twenty-eight selections recorded by the Pennsylvanians over a forty-year period. They range from Adam Geibel and Tom Waring's \u0022Sleep,\u0022 recorded in 1928, through Cole Porter's \u0022Love for Sale,\u0022 Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's \u0022Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,\u0022 the traditional \u0022Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child\u0022 and \u0022Dry Bones,\u0022 to Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's \u0022September Song\u0022 and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's \u0022Some Enchanted Evening.\u0022

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252074448
ISBN-10: 0252074440
Format: Paperback
(5817mm x 3887mm x 712mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Virginia Waring

A native Californian, Virginia Waring is a concert pianist who studied in Paris with Robert Casadesus and toured for ten years as the Morley half of the famed duo-pianists Morley and Gearhart. She was married to Fred Waring from 1954 until his death in 1984.