Meredith Willson: The Unsinkable Music Man

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Meredith Willson marched into the hearts of American music lovers with productions such as the "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and unforgettable show tunes like "76 Trombones." It is the amazing story of how a youngster with talent and tenacity, possessed with what he would later call a streak of "Iowa stubborn", rose to become one of America's most famous musicians. It is the story of a remarkable career in which Willson: helped scientist Lee deForest in experiments that developed sound for ...
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Overview

Meredith Willson marched into the hearts of American music lovers with productions such as the "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and unforgettable show tunes like "76 Trombones." It is the amazing story of how a youngster with talent and tenacity, possessed with what he would later call a streak of "Iowa stubborn", rose to become one of America's most famous musicians. It is the story of a remarkable career in which Willson: helped scientist Lee deForest in experiments that developed sound for motion pictures, wrote the music for Charlie Chaplin's first "talkie," wrote a song recorded by the Beatles, and won the first Grammy award ever presented. John C. Skipper is a newspaper journalist whose 35-year career has produced thousands of newspaper columns and five books. John and his wife, Sandi, live in Mason City, Iowa, just a stone's throw from Willson's famous footbridge. They have three grown daughters and one grandchild. Savas
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Willson (1902-84) is best known for his phenomenally successful 1957 Broadway show, The Music Man. But as journalist Skipper (Umpires) reveals in this pleasant if somewhat superficial biography, the composer also wrote music for Charlie Chaplin's first talkie and garnered the first Grammy. After covering Willson's beginnings in Mason City, IA, the author delves into his stints playing piccolo with the John Philip Sousa band and the New York Philharmonic, song compositions, radio shows in California, and later triumphs on stage and screen. The descriptions of Willson's relationships with his family and colleagues create the impression of a generous, self-effacing individual who would have probably made a wonderful grandfather had he been blessed with children. Enhancing the book are an up-to-date bibliography and appendixes of Willson's songs and awards. Recommended for public and academic libraries with interest in 20th-century Americana and musical theater.--Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781882810789
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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