Singers and the Song

Singers and the Song

by Gene Lees


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Led by Frank Sinatra, the generation that emerged during and after World War II raised the performance of the popular song to the level of art. Gene Lees' fascinating book examines some of the most gifted of these singers, including Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, and Sarah Vaughan.
Far from being the simple intuitive performers the public thought it knew, these people emerge—in Singers and the Song—as intelligent, skillful, and fully conscious artists dedicated to their work. Lees also discusses the composers, including the great film composer, Hugo Friedhodfer, and the supremely talented lyricist, Johnny Mercer; explores the language of the popular song; focuses on the social history of twentieth-century America, seen through the mirror of popular music; and examines the theme of war, from the Viking conquest of northwestern France, through World War II, to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195060874
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1989
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

About the author:
Gene Lees is the author of And Sleep Until Noon and The Modern Rhyming Dictionary, and editor and publisher of the influential Jazzletter. A lyricist whose songs include Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars and Yesterday I Heard the Rain, he has also written extensively for such publications as High Fidelity, American Film, and Down Beat.

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