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Singers and the Song, which appeared in 1987, is being rereleased in an expanded edition. The new edition retains a number of famous pieces from the original volume, some in expanded form, such as Lees' classic profile of Frank Sinatra. Lees has also retained his essay on lyric writing, his piece on the art of Edith Piaf, and his admiring look at the genius of songwriter Johnny Mercer. The expanded edition offers seven new essays that are no less accomplished. Here readers will find a tribute to "the sweetest voice in the world," Ella Fitzgerald; a moving interview with Jackie Cain and Roy Kral; Lees' account of his involvement with Bossa Nova music and his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim. We also read about Julius La Rosa, another of the great singers, the lyrics of Yip Harburg, Henry Warren's unforgettable compositions, and the elegant Arthur Schwartz, composer of "Dancing in the Dark" and many other masterpieces of the great period of American songwriting.

The generation that emerged after World War II raised the performance of the popular song to the level of art form, as Lees demonstrates.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry Teachout
[Lees's]...earlier pieces have been expanded -- sometimes quite considerably, and always to good effect -- while the later ones are of uniformly high quality. -- New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195122084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Lees is the author of many books on jazz and popular music, including Meet Me at Jim and Andy's, Waiting for Dizzy, Cats of Any Color, and Leader of the Band: The Life of Woody Herman. He was formerly an editor of Down Beat and is the publisher of Jazzletter.

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Table of Contents

William and Harold and How to Write Lyrics 3
Pavilion in the Rain 19
The Squirrel: Yip Harburg 43
Style Is the Man: Arthur Schwartz 53
Jeepers Creepers: Harry Warren 59
Roses in the Morning: Johnny Mercer 69
The Paradox: Frank Sinatra 91
GI Jo: Jo Stafford and Paul Weston 105
In from the Cold: Peggy Lee 123
Sweetest Voice in the World: Ella Fitzgerald 149
Phrasing: Julius La Rosa 159
A Family Affair: Jackie and Roy 175
The Sparrow: Edith Piaf 201
Um Abraco No Tom: Antonio Carlos Jobim 217
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