Johnny Mercer Starts a Company
Lyricist Johnny Mercer and his partners began Capitol Records to raise the quality of songwriting and singing – and make a buck doing it.
This Must Be IllegalTributes to what may just be the most delightful form of sin.
My Fate Is in Your HandsWhen you sing about fate and love in the same lyric, you’ve taken hold of the most romantic popular songs.
Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here
Songs for being up on the rooftops, from penthouses to tenements, from summer heat to pouring rain.
Bing Sings the Songs of World War IIBing Crosby’s popularity remained high during the War years, through the songs he introduced and those he covered.
Who’s Sorry NowA love affair ends and we hear the despair; that we understand. But these songs take a different approach: they’re out to get even.
America’s First Great Songwriter
The major themes and major songs of Stephen Foster, the one 19th century songwriter everyone knows.
Marriage, Sort Of
Some harder truths about the joys of marriage, given vivid expression often in the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim.
Why Marry Them: The goal in a lot of songs is marriage as the culmination of love, but sometimes another question, not quite uttered, floats underneath.
Kurt Weill’s American Lyricists: Weill collaborated with Ira Gershwin and Alan Jay Lerner, but he also wrote with poets Langston Hughes and Ogden Nash, and playwright Maxwell Anderson.
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