VachT, who has written widely about jazz, reminds readers that most of the hit and standard songs of US popular culture during the first half of the 20th century were written by relatively unknown composers rather than the handful of famous ones. Whereas writers who contributed material to the Broadway stage, and to some extent Hollywood musicals, were able to establish distinguished reputation, he says, the many freelance writers who were responsible for some of the best known songs remain unrecognized by the general public. In articles of a page, or more or less depending on importance and available information, he sketches the lives and careers of such composers as Al Neiberg (It's the Talk of the Town), Maceo Pinkard (Sweet Georgia Brown and Sugar), Bernice Petkere (Lullaby of the Leaves), Ralph Rainger (When a Woman Loves a Man), and Harry Woods (Try a Little Tenderness). A chronological list and an index of song titles supports the alphabetical entries of composers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Blackwell North Amer
The Unsung Songwriters is dedicated to a period in the history of American music that author Warren Vache calls the "Golden Age of Songwriting," and to the men and women who made it great.
Contrary to the widely held opinion that most of our hit and standard songs were composed by a handful of top writers - Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers - the fact is that the vast majority of them were written by relatively unknown composers. Additionally, while the writers who contributed material to the Broadway stage - and to some extent, Hollywood musicals - were able to establish distinguished reputations, the many freelance writers who were responsible for some of our best songs remained unrecognized by the general public.
In this volume you will find Al Neiberg, the author of It's the Talk of the Town, Frank Perkins, who wrote Emaline and Stars Fell on Alabama, Maceo Pinkard, the mind behind Sweet Georgia Brown and Sugar, Ralph Rainger, who is responsible for When a Woman Loves a Man, Harry Woods, for Try a Little Tenderness, J. Fred Coots, for You Go to My Head, and many more.
The Unsung Songwriters brings long overdue recognition to these influential writers and at the same time highlights a neglected but important segment of our American musical heritage.
Rowman and Littllefield
Contrary to the widely held opinion that most of our hit and standard songs were composed by a handful of top writers—Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers—the fact is that the vast majority of them were written by relatively unknown composers.