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By Michael Whorf

During this quantity, 39 of the mythical composers from Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and Broadway of the Twenties in the course of the Nineteen Fifties talk about their careers and proportion the tales of constructing some of the such a lot loved songs in American tune. Interviewed for radio within the mid-1970s, they contain such giants as Harold Arlen, Eubie Blake, Cy Coleman, George Duning, Sammy Fain, Jerry Herman, Bronislaw Kaper, Henry Mancini, David Rose, Arthur Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne, Jimmie Van Heusen, Harry Warren, Richard Whiting, and Meredith Willson. pictures and infrequent sheet tune reproductions accompany the interviews.

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Some years later, in May 1915, Eubie formed a partnership with singer/songwriter Noble Sissle and together they embarked on a career writing songs for a more critical audience. In time, their hopes were realized as they achieved great success with tunes like “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” “My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More,” and let us not forget those ragtime favorites, the “Charleston” and “Classical” rags. 34 5. Eubie Blake 35 Although the story of Eubie Blake is unique unto itself, it must include Sissle, and an orchestra leader whose name was James Reese Europe.

28 American Popular Song Composers ‘Yip, this is a picture song, a broad theme, it’ll play well. ’ because Ira was never crazy about ballads. ’ And they started to bat around words and, before you knew it, the song was done. “The first preview was scheduled, and to my surprise, the song was omitted because some of the powers behind the throne claimed that that the song was too slow and too long. Well, a great argument ensued until Arthur Freed, the producer, put his foot down and said that the song would stay in the picture.

I think Gerald became aware that he was dominating the conversation, and abruptly (and with a tinge of embarrassment) excused himself. It’s my belief that Mr. Arlen was aware of the awkwardness. Having done this interview process a thousand times, he turned to me and quietly asked, “So now, Mr. ” “Mr. ) He looked at me and, with a hint of a smile said, “Mr. ” This was the icebreaker and without hesitating he began. “My family’s name was Arluck, my father having come from an area in Poland called Vilna.

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