America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, by Philip Furia

By Philip Furia

"America's Songs" tells the "stories in the back of" the main cherished well known songs of the final century. all of us have songs that experience a unique that means in our lives; listening to them inspires a distinct time or position. Little ask yourself that those designated songs became enduring classics. not anything brings the roarin '20s to sensible "Tea for 2" or "I'm simply Wild approximately Harry"; the nice melancholy is evoked in all of its ache and distress in songs like "Brother are you able to Spare a Dime?"; "God Bless the USA" revives the strong desire that American democracy promised to the area throughout the darkish days of worldwide conflict II; "Young at center" inspires the postwar optimism of the '50s. after which, there are the numerous songs of affection, new romance, and heartbreak: "As Time is going By", "Always", "Am I Blue"...the record is unending. in addition to telling the tales in the back of those songs, "America's Songs" indicates, easily and succinctly, what makes a music nice. The booklet illuminates the way in which each one nice tune melds phrases and song - sentiment and melody - right into a seamless complete. "America's Songs" additionally lines the attention-grabbing yet mysterious strategy of collaboration, the give-and-take among craftsmen, a composer and a lyricist, as they mixed their abilities to create a track. "America's Songs" is interesting studying for somebody drawn to the background of the songs that the United States loves.

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll” became a huge hit, averaging ten encores a night. “We made $24,000 off that in one year,” Ayer remembered. ” 1912 Mother Machree Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young, music by Chauncey Olcott and Ernest R. ” Although songwriting was very much a man’s business, Young was not the only woman to write important songs in the early days of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. Among the others were Carrie Jacobs Bond, the first professional woman songwriter, whose titles include “I Love You Truly” (1901) and “A Perfect Day” (1910), and former actress Dorothy Donnelly, who wrote the lyrics to Sigmund Romberg’s music for The Student Prince (1924).

Because it was popular during World War I, people thought of it as a song of parting even though its spirits are light and its hopes high. It doesn’t mention Jimmy’s eagerness to get to France until the middle of the second verse. “K-K-K-Katy” is one of the few songs of wartime parting told almost entirely from the soldier’s point of view. He wants to “see if he could make the Kaiser dance,” but he assures her that despite his absence, he’ll be thinking of her. The song certainly lacks the sadness we expect from this genre.

He has spoken at the Library of Congress, the New York Historical Society, and at numerous universities in America and Europe. Furia has also appeared on Larry King Live, The Turner Entertainment Report, A & E’s Biography, The Studs Terkl Show, All Things Considered, Ben Wattenberg’s Think Tank, the PBS series Broadway: The American Musical, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. In addition, he has written and emceed musical tributes to Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, and other songwriters that have featured prominent jazz and cabaret performers in New York, New Orleans, and other cities.

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