By Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, humorous, and personal—on the lives and careers of greater than 300 singers anatomize the paintings of crucial jazz and renowned performers of the 20 th century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they've got created a physique of labor that maintains to thrill and encourage. here's the main vast biographical and important survey of those singers ever written, in addition to a vital consultant to the nice American Songbook and people who formed how it has been sung.
The tune crosses from jazz to pop and again back, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. convenient via Stephen Sondheim and past, bringing jointly effortless jazz and dad singers (Billie vacation, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved between genres and mixed them (Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé); the major women and men of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday’s vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today’s cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Bublé). Friedwald has additionally written prolonged items at the so much consultant artists of 5 major genres that lie outdoor the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ’n’ roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock).
Friedwald reconsiders the non-public tales successes and screw ups of these types of artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising either the singers and their track via balancing his reviews with these of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics.
This magisterial reference book—ten years within the making—will satisfaction and tell somebody with a keenness for the long-lasting track of the USA, which maintains to resonate all through our renowned culture.
From the Hardcover edition.
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