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Posted July 29, 2003
'Hollywood Songsters' works on two levels. Firstly, as a thorough biographical reference source and, secondly, as an entertaining, browsable book. Highly recommended. Those who love Hollywood musicals are obviously going to appreciate 'Hollywood Songsters', but so will anyone interested in factoids about their favorite stars. Some of the entries are surprising: included are some actors not necessarily known for singing, and vice versa. Each star gets the full treatment of information: a filmography, discography, as well credits for theatre, radio and television.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2003
Film historians James Robert Parish and Michael Pitts's 'Hollywood Songsters' have outdone themselves with this handsomely designed three-volume set that is worth every penny. Filled with rare photos, 'Hollywood Songsters' has comprehensive, accurate and fascinating entries on over 100 'singers who act and actors who sing.' The lives and careers of everyone from A to Z or June Allyson to Mae West are covered in intriguing and fact-filled detail. Who would have thought that such an indespensible reference book could also be a page-turner. Once you start reading this treasure trove of information it is hard to put down because of the insider tidbits and behind-the-scenes facts that fill the well-written pages. As theater and film critic and lover of musicals, I find this a most wonderful addition to my library and a great read. The filmography and lp and CD bibliography on each singer are unparalled. Bravo to Mr. Parish and Mr. Pitts!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 5, 2003
This is an informative and delightful set that has information on Hollywood songsters that can be found no where else. Each entry has a wonderful picture accompanying. I have spent many, many happy hours pouring over the entries and learning facts about my favorite stars. This is a must have for all libraries and any scholar of musical theatre or musical film or just popular music of the 20th century. Well worth the money! It is clear that Parrish and Pitts have done their homework, but even clearer that they have a love for the subject matter and it shows on every page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.