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 an important jazz and well known 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 delight and encourage. this is the main huge biographical and important survey of those singers ever written, in addition to a necessary consultant to the nice American Songbook and people who formed how it has been sung.
The track 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 hassle-free jazz and dad singers (Billie vacation, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved between genres and mixed them (Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé); the best 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 open air 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 private tales successes and screw ups of these kinds of artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising either the singers and their track by way of balancing his critiques with these of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics.
This magisterial reference book—ten years within the making—will pride and tell a person with a fondness for the long-lasting track of the USA, which maintains to resonate all through our well known culture.
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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers by Will Friedwald