Spirituals and Minstrel Songs
African-American music in the 19th century, from the sacred to the profane, the exalted to the demeaning.
Lead Up to Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! was the start of something new, but it was also the culmination of many things that preceded it.
Resolution and Promises
What you intend, promise, and wish for to help the annual New Year’s self-deception.
Bill Bailey and More
More “Bill Bailey” songs than you can imagine, and most of linked to ragtime and marching bands.
George & Ira in 1937
Irving Berlin said that nobody ever wrote better songs in a single year than the Gershwins in 1937.
Racist depictions of African-Americans took different forms in the 20th century; among the most important were the jungle and its denizens.
The Greatest Follies
Irving Berlin wrote most of the score and Eddie Cantor occupied the spotlight in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.
The Coming of Vaudeville
Songs from those decades when Tony Pastor and the circuits were forming America’s first great entertainment of the 20th century.
The Bands of the 20s and 30s
Big Bands emerged for dancing in the 1920s, but we’ll see how they changed over the next decade and a half.
Love Letters: The Songs of Edward Heyman
Imagine writing the lyrics to “Body and Soul,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “For Sentimental Reasons,” and nobody’s heard of you.
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