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The Adolescent Years
From the Gay Nineties, through twenty-five years of peace, and the emergence of Tin Pan Alley. "After the Ball" and "The Bowery" are among the selections heard.
The Bard of Tin Pan Alley
Biography of the extraordinary songwriter (Irving Berlin) who recorded our history in song. "Always," "The Girl on the Magazine Cover," and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" are among the featured songs.
Interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, former Beatles, about wealth, fame, and world issues.
The Boy Who Became President
Stanley Adams, former president of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, comments on how popular music reflects the general tempo of life.
A Broadway Melody
Interviews with writers, producers, and actors who talk about what it takes to succeed on the Broadway stage. Actor Jerry Orbach, actress Lauren Bacall, and playwright Ernest Thomson are some of the individuals who contribute.
Strouse, who composed the score of Bye, Bye Birdie, discusses the importance of a composer's involvement in arranging and orchestrating melodies.
Close-up on Maurice Chevalier
An entertainer recalls his love affairs with Parisian and American audiences.
Collecting Folk Songs
In this lecture MacEdward Leach, folk song collector, describes how he goes about the business of collecting songs from individuals and communities. Examples from Potter County, Pennsylvania, are heard.
The Cornwall Furnace
Folksinger Oscar Brand sings songs about the Cornwall Furnace in Pennsylvania and its role in the history of the United States from 1742 to 1883.
A Couple of Crazy Guys/Three Little Words, Thirteen Little
Story of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, successful songwriters who remained vaudeville comedians at heart.
Ex-cowboy and artist Terry Jackson sings cowboy songs and tells about how riding and roping really were.
The Early Days of Songwriting
Survey of popular music written before the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Features songs of Stephen Foster, songs popular during the Civil War, songs by Henry Clay Work, and songs of the Gay Nineties.
Part 1: 1800-1860.
Part 2: 1860-1880.
Part 3: 1880-1890.
Part 4: 1890-1900.
The Era of F. Scott Fitzgerald
CBM 931, 1184
The zest and spirit of the Roaring Twenties are captured in this two-part series. Mobsters and prohibition, The Great Gatsby, and the life of F. Scott Key Fitzgerald are evoke through songs and music of the Jazz Age.
Focus on Cole Porter
Comprehensive collection of Cole Porter songs, with commentary tracing his career from 1937.
Focus on Sigmund Romberg
Oscar Hammerstein talks about Romberg's life, plays, and greatest songs.
Frankie and Johnny
This lecture explores the origins of the Frankie and Johnny story and song which began with the murder of Allen Brit by Frankie Baker in 1901. It traces the development of the song through Mae West, Guy Lombardo, and Johnny Cash.
Gerald Marks on Eddie Cantor
Interview with composer and historian of Tin Pan Alley, Gerald Marks, and his recollections of saucer-eyed entertainer Eddie Cantor. Songs heard briefly are "Ma," "Makin' Whoopee," and "Ida."
Description of life and musical style of Gershwin, accompanied by several excerpts of his major works and numerous popular songs.
Give It All You've Got
Anecdotes from Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the team that wrote theme songs for the television series Bonanza and Mr. Ed, as well as award-winning songs like "Que Sera, Sera," "Mona Lisa," and "To Each His Own."
Give Me Yesterday
A nostalgic look at history through songs and sheet music covers. Featured are songs about telephones, tragedy, car makers, famous fliers, railroads and trainmen, Hollywood personalities, and historical events. Popular songs "Everybody Loves My Baby," "Keep Smilin'," and "Charlie My Boy" selected to portray a year of 1924. Includes Rhapsody in Blue performed by George Gershwin.
Part 6 gives an introduction to dramatic ballads commemorating tragic events, accidents, and disasters.
Part 7 presents dramatic ballads about personal tragedies.
Part 8 presents the history of music publishing in the U.S. and traces the development of the artistic design of sheet-music covers.
Part 9 tells the story of the history of music printing in the United States, illustrated with the rare sound recordings of popular music such as songs by Stephen Foster.
Part 10 is another look on the history of music printing in the U.S.
Gracie Fields Forever
Through recordings and recorded interviews, the life of this famous English music hall queen is traced. Beginning as a professional singer at the age of sixteen, she made her last appearances at age seventy. Introduced by Stanley Holloway.
The Great American Song Bag
American history through a sampling of songs. William Billings's "Chester," George Root's "Battle Cry of Freedom," and "Red River Valley" are heard.
Happy Songs from a Happy Man
Life and music of Jimmy McHugh, composer of such cheerful songs as "The Sunny Side of the Street" and "It's a Most Unusual Day."
He Gave Us a Thousand Beautiful Memories
Interview and music by lyricist Sammy Fain, who bridges the gap from honky tonk to modern ballads. "Secret Love" and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" won him two Academy Awards.
Heroes, Heroines, and Their Horses
What ever happened to Randolph Scott, Gene, Tex, and all the other cowboy heroes of Hollywood? John Denver and others sing western songs.
History of a Hit Tune
A piece of nostalgia filled with anecdotes about a happy-go-lucky period in American show-business history.
How Simple a Tune
Explains how some of our most familiar simple songs were composed. Includes information on "Taps," "Down by the Old Mill Stream," "Home on the Range," and several others.
I Hear America Singing
Mike Whorf discusses and plays both folk and composed songs that have become some of the most popular and well-loved songs in America.
If My Friends Could See Me Now
Cy Coleman, singer, pianist, conductor, and composer, surveys the contemporary music scene.
I'll Sing You a Love Song
Words and music expressing the emotion of love.
Jerome Kern, Man of Melody
Friends discuss Jerome Kern's legendary career.
Describes the relationship between labor songs and the early development of labor unions. These ballads served as a rallying force and inspired workers to fight for their rights.
The Last of the Giants
Story of Sigmund Romberg, a composer who combined Viennese style with American idioms in such operettas as Blossom Time, The Student Prince, and My Romance.
The Legend of Al Jolson
Famous for his black face, white gloves, and bended knee, the minstrel man became a legend in his own time. Born in 1886, he went from vaudeville to Broadway. Includes "My Mammy," his memorable specialty.
Legend of Our Times
Cameos of a variety of artists including Rudy Vallee singing "The Whiffenpoof Song," and Shirley Temple, Nora Beys, and Maurice Chevalier singing a medley of well-known favorites.
The Legend of Rudy L. Vallee
Biography of the singing idol, band leader, and actor who hosted a radio show which had such entertaining personalities as Edgar Bergen and Sophie Tucker as guests. Includes "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover" among other songs.
The Legend of Russ Columbo
A crooner of the 1930s who reflects on the slowdown in musical style after the stock market crash. "Time on My Hands," "Sweet and Lovely," and "All of Me" are among the songs included.
Let's All Go Down [to] the Strand
Music halls of the Edwardian era were the spirit of England's light entertainment. They featured variety acts which were backed by an orchestra. Songs included are "Any Old Iron," "Lilly of Laguna" (1899), and "Daisy."
The Liverpool Scene
Adrian Henri tells how Liverpool became the pop music capital of the world in the early 1960s and how, within a few years, this activity spread to other arts.
Livin' a Ragtime Life
Ragtime, the first truly American form of music, is described. Eubie Blake plays his "Charleston Rag," written in 1899. Works by Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin are also performed. Concluded with contemporary ragtimes by William Bolcom.
Look What I Found in Grandmother's Attic
CBM 1096, 1106
Programs about recordings and songs from the early 1900s. Includes recordings by Harry Lauder and the Peerless Quartet plus a Gershwin piano roll.
Look What They've Done to My Song
Insights into the history of classical and popular music. Includes numerous arrangements of classical music performed by the popular music orchestras along with their original appearances.
This is a performance of the group Los Trios Brujos at Carlos and Mickey Restaurant Bar in El Paso, Texas. Each member of the group discusses his musical background, instrument, and vocal techniques.
Pays tribute to the late Cuban musician Frank "Machito" Grillo, universally acclaimed as the first musician to blend jazz with Latin American sound. Includes interviews with Machito, as well as with those who knew him. (This tape contains material on one side only.)
Makin' Up a Song as I Go Along
CBM 604/CBM 605
Sammy Lerner, lyricist for Hoagy Carmichael and Jay Gorney, tells of writing the song "Popeye the Sailor Man."
The Man Who Gave the World a Rainbow
CBM 568/CBM 569
Interview with Harold Arlen, composer of the score to The Wizard of Oz and of songs written for stage and screen. Selections from his work include "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," and "Blues in the Night."
The Man Who Launched 1,000 Hits
Life and songs of Johnny Mercer, who wrote the lyrics of "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses," and "Blues in the Night."
Master of the Medium, the Man Who Found the Silver Lining
CBM 613/CBM 618
Discusses Jerome Kern's career as writer of show tunes. Includes performances of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" from Roberta and "Make Believe" and "Ol' Man River" from Showboat.
CBM 1076-1087, 1092, 1093, 1095
Personalities and historical high points from the 1890s to the 1960s through song. Touches on such wide-ranging topics as the Roaring Twenties, World War II, famous TV shows, and big bands.
The Men Who Made the Hits
Survey of songwriters and publishers active in the early twentieth century.
Mr. Edison's Marvelous Memory Machine
CBM 1019, 1020, 1028, 1030-1052, 1054- 1066
A historical look at recordings and recording technology illustrated with examples by famous personalities. Includes many recordings made my Thomas Edison.
CBM 620/CBM 622
Career of Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs, written with lyricist Johnny Burke, include "Imagination," "Swinging on a Star," and "Sunday, Monday, or Always."
The Music of Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro is interviewed by John Daly. Her diverse musical expressions are analyzed by Michael Thomas, Richard Goldstein, and Patrick O'Conner.
Music of the Range and Trail
The life of the American and Mexican cowboys as pictured in ballad and song. Two of the songs included are "The Old Chrisholm Trail," "Get Along Little Dogie."
Music of Smoke and Steel
In this lecture, the song "John Henry," compositions by Ernst Bacon, and other music of the workers are presented.
Musical Comedy's Golden Years
English musical comedy from the 1890s found its way to the American stage and was very popular up until World War I. The Shop Girl is an example.
Coin-operated machines are described in the creations of the French organ, "The General," the tonaphone, and the juke box-all this leading to the popular hit parade. Musical selections are played on several nickelodeons including "The Mighty Wurlitzer."
No Sad Songs for Me
Burton Lane discusses his collaboration with E.Y. Harburg in writing the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow and its most famous song, "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
The Old Sweet Songs
This program highlights several well-known songs such as
"Greensleeves" and "My Old Kentucky Home." Their development from their origins up to their popularity today are discussed.
Oscar Brand's Songs of '76
Brand introduces and sings songs of the American Revolution. Includes "Bunker Hill," "Come Shake Your Dull Noodles," "The Boston Massacre," "The Tea Party," and "Granny Wales."
CBM 1154-1159, 1161, 1166, 1168, 1169, 1171-1177
A look at historical events through the music of the times. Covers selected years between 1916 and 1944. The stock mrket crash, World War I, and Prohibition are some of the subjects covered.
Please Sing Me One More Chorus
Life of prolific composer and music publisher Harry von Tilzer, writer of "Wait til the Sun Shines, Nellie" and "I Want a Girl Just like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad."
Protests of Pete Seeger
The folk singer who was branded an outcast and banned from radio, television, and concert halls discusses the origins of his radicalism.
Put Another Nickel in
The history of nickelodeons is presented including examples of a French hand organ, the Wurlitzer orchestra, a motion picture organ, and "The General" built by Wurlitzer.
Return with Us Now to the Golden Days of Yesteryear
Nostalgic look at the music of the 1920s and 1930s, with performances by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, Nat Shilkret, and Paul Whiteman.
The Roaring Twenties
Describes the development of the radio, Prohibition, speakeasies, gang violence, sports, and politics. Features popular songs and instrumental music of the time along with spoken word recordings by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
Rock and Roll
A composer and a disc jockey discuss rock and roll from musical, psychological, and social points of view.
Rock and Roll and Radio
CBM 1126-1132, 1134
Explores the connection between radio and the development of rock and roll. The roles of Alan Freed and Dick Clark are covered in addition to the music of many rock musicians.
Part 1 relates to the early stages of rock music development, looking at its African-American roots. Features vocal quartets singing rhythm and blues music that became popular in late 40s and early 50s. Includes introduction to the series.
Part 2 represents the main trends in popular music of the mid-50s. Features radio shows presented by disc jockey Robin C.
Part 3 highlights popular music of the 50s.
Part 4 features several important premieres of rock and roll music on the Alan Freed's radio shows in 1956.
Part 5 reflects on Afro-American contribution to rock and roll music style. Features popular music recordings made by black musicians for the Savoy Record Company.
Part 6 features popular musical groups and singers of the 1950s and 1960s.
Part 7 introduces the popular shows presenting rock and roll music to the TV audience, such as Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
Part 8 gives an insight into the life and music of Chuck Berry.
Rock 'n Roll
Interviews with singers, songwriters, disc jockeys, and film producers. Discusses the history of rock, its development as an art form, and its influence on a whole generation. Disc jockey Surf Waldwell and singers Patti Smith and Bob Seger are among the participants.
The Sentimental Gentleman
Interview with Mitchell Parish, a lyricist who teamed with composers Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and Sammy Fain, and whose collaboration with Carmichael produced the hit "Stardust."
Sessions with Jesse Boggs
Singer-songwriter Jesse Boggs pokes fun at American society by recreating a recording session. The musicians, intent upon making a hit album, reduce music to its most salable elements: music and satire.
Seven Shows to Rome
Anecdotes told by Harold Rome, composer of such Broadway musicals as Pins and Needles, Call Me Mister, and Wish You Were Here.
Sing Me Some Simple Songs
Survey of all-time favorite popular songs, using popularity rankings from Billboard magazine. Includes legendary performances of "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Stardust," "Tenderly," "White Christmas," and "Deep Purple."
Song Book of the Old World
Mike Whorf plays and discusses the origin of traditional songs.
Songs My Father Taught Me
Sentimental and ribald turn-of-the-century songs from the time music was homemade around the parlor piano.
Songs of Square Dancing
Jean Ritchie visits her home in Viper, Kentucky. She talks with her mother and other relatives about the evolution of the play party from the square dance.
The Sound of Patriotism
These speeches and songs of 1916-1917 capture the spirit of America as it entered World War I.
The Splendid Americans
This discussion of patriotic music in America includes background information on the poets and texts of familiar national songs.
The Stage Door Canteen, 1941-1945
The Stage Door Canteen in Hollywood was run by stars from competing movie studios for the service men of World War II. Musical selections include Carmen Miranda singing "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and Yvonne De Carlo singing "I'll Be Thinking about You."
Star Spangled Harmony
Our United States history in music. "Yankee Doodle," "What a Country," "America the Beautiful," and our folk song heritage which includes "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes."
Styles of Folk Songs
Tristram Coffin and John Greenway trace the development of the folk song in America from its beginnings in England to modern times. Presented are Appalachian Mountain, union, and occupational songs.
History of the women's movement recorded in words and songs.
A Tale of a Tune
That Crazy American Music
CBM 1108-1115, 1117, 1120-1125
Historical review of American music from its beginning with the Pilgrims. Programs cover the westward movement, Civil War, and the Gay Nineties.
Part 1 presents the years following the Civil War (from 1865 to 1889).
Part 2 unfolds the major historical and artistic scenery for American music development from 1812 to 1840.
Part 3 presents mostly popular songs and dances of 1880s. Among examples are "Choosing a Husband," "Since My Daughter Plays on Typewriter," and "Boston Deep Waltz." Features early sound recordings made with phonograph during the 1880s.
Part 4 presents American music created during the Civil War.
Part 5 recreates the sounds and images of the Civil War as reflected in music of that time.
Part 6 features performances and musical works of cornetist and composer Herbert Clarke.
Part 7 presents popular salon music written by American and European composers and played in America during 1890s.
Part 8 turns again to historical and artistic atmosphere of the Gay Nineties.
Part 9 is dedicated to the life and music of J.P. Sousa.
Part 10 returns to the battles, sounds, and images of the Civil War.
Part 11 presents songs and music associated with both of the parties fighting on the Civil War battlefields.
Part 12 introduces the audience to the world of American country and folk music.
Part 13 presents an early American music as it was originated by the Pilgrims.
Part 14 features an American music of the time of Revolution.
Part 15 is another installment featuring early American popular music ranging from fiddle tunes and folk ballads to composed popular instrumental music and popular songs.
There Are Some Days You Don't Forget
Reminiscences of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the "Great Invasion" as well as the music of Beethoven, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.
There Goes That Song Again
Songs by Jule Styne, arranger and composer who collaborated with lyricist Sammy Cahn to write such hits as "I've Heard That Song Before" and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow."
They Don't Write 'em like That Anymore
Gerald Marks, composer of the popular song "All of Me," reminisces about the songs written by Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, and others.
This Land Is Your Land
This lecture describes the evolution of folk songs in America as the country grew. Some songs included are "This Land Is Your Land," "Drill, You Tarriers, Drill," and "Down Derry, Derry."
Those Vintage Cylinder Years
Entertaining selections by a military band, singer Edward Favor (1908), and a speech by Teddy Roosevelt illustrate the sound- producing cylinders of Thomas Edison.
Till We Meet Again
World War I years brought war songs by the carload from Tin Pan Alley and abroad. Features the ballad style in "Till We Meet Again" sung by Hart and James, John McCormack singing "Keep the Home Fires Burning," and a 1918 version of "Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" sung by Arthur Fields.
Tin Pan Alley's Big Brother
History of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Tito Puente, the King of Salsa
Biography and music of the popular Latin musician.
Tom, Please Play It One More Time
Background of personalities who performed on the early cylinders. "In a Little Red Schoolhouse" sung by Jones and Hare (1922) and "Sister Suzie" (1917) are heard.
The Topical Folk Song
Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Buffy Sainte-Marie sing and discuss topical folk songs such as "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore."
A Tribute to Mr. America
Biography of the songwriter who gave us a wonderful legacy of the spirit of America with such songs as "God Bless America" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
Gillian Anderson, director of the Colonial Singers and Players, produced this unique sampler of music composed or performed between 1850 and 1900 in the United States.
Discusses American military songs and their origins.
Welcome to Vaudeville
This great form of family entertainment, popular between 1890-1920, served about 15 percent of the U.S. population weekly until sound movies drained off the audiences. Two of the featured performers are singer Jane Green and instrumentalist Fred Vaness.
We're Still Singing "I'll See You in My Dreams"
CBM 575/CBM 576
Songs written by lyricist Gus Kahn and his many collaborators, with discussion of Kahn's film biography.
"What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?"
Songs illustrating how people coped with the World War II years including "Sentimental Journey," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "They're Either Too Young or Too Old."
When Vaudeville Was King
Overview of the fifty years of vaudeville (1880-1930), concentrating on the people who created it. Pre-vaudeville contributions include Webber and Fields and Harrigan and Hart. "On the Banks of the Wabash" and "The Bowery" are heard among the musical selections.
When Walter Donaldson Ruled the Roost
Gerald Marks tells anecdotes about fellow composer Walter Donaldson, whose songs include "Carolina in the Morning," "Making Whoopee," "Back Home in Tennessee," and "My Mammy."
The Whole World Is Singing My Song
Songwriter Vic Mizzy tells anecdotes about his contemporaries and collaborators and gives opinions about current popular music.
Will the Lady in the Front Row Please Remove Her Hat?
Recollections of the English Victorian era music halls. Performances by Billy Danvers, George Robey, and others singing comic songs, drinking songs, and sing-a-longs.
Woody Guthrie Remembered
CBM 44, 46
Interviews with friends of Woody Guthrie. Includes songs by Cisco Houston, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie himself, and some children's songs.
Working Songs of America
Introduction to the music of working people-miners, oil-field workers, and ditch diggers. Includes folk songs, ballads, and orchestral piece "Prairie" by Leo Sowerby.
You're a Builder Upper
E.Y. [Edgar Yipsel] Harburg, lyricist of Finian's Rainbow and The Wizard of Oz, relates America's history as a "melting pot" to the songwriting scene.
You're Not So Easy to Forget
Story of the long career of Ben Oakland, who began playing classical music at an early age and went on to success as a vaudeville entertainer and as a songwriter for the Ziegfeld Follies and for Broadway musicals.
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Posted on 2010-08-25