Library Journal - Library JournalThis greatly updated and expanded second edition (the first came out in 1991) focuses on 112 performers who have been successful as both singers and film stars of American movies. Many of the names are familiar-e.g., Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy-but Parish and Pitts, the authors of several books on the entertainment industry, have also included lesser-known and/or forgotten personalities, such as the Dinning Sisters. A real surprise is the number of "singing cowboys" included, e.g., Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, and "Bronze Buckaroo" Herb Jeffries. Unfortunately, some singing actors simply do not make the cut, including Robert Preston and John Travolta, and it's sometimes unclear why one is "in" and another "out." But the final product is still well worth the price. Each entry includes a detailed biography ranging from 2000 to 5000 words; a filmography (including title, studio, and release date); a discography of both albums and CDs; Broadway, radio, and television appearances; and a full-page photo. The final volume comprises a complete index of performers, films, and song titles. Entries are uniformly well written, readable, and informative. Considering the scope and range of this title, all public and academic libraries should make it a high-priority purchase to complement Ken Bloom's Hollywood Song and Colin Larkin's The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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