Tin Pan Alley Girl: A Biography of Ann Ronell

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Best known as the writer of the lyric for the popular Disney song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf," as well as the American standard "Willow Weep for Me," Ann Ronell was also a translator and orchestrator for operatic works. This biography traces Ronell's life from her early days in Omaha, Nebraska and recounts her marriage to producer Lester Cowan and her friendships with George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and the baritone John Charles Thomas. Includes over forty pictures, a chronology, family tree, film credits, her...

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Overview

Best known as the writer of the lyric for the popular Disney song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf," as well as the American standard "Willow Weep for Me," Ann Ronell was also a translator and orchestrator for operatic works. This biography traces Ronell's life from her early days in Omaha, Nebraska and recounts her marriage to producer Lester Cowan and her friendships with George Gershwin, Kurt Weill and the baritone John Charles Thomas. Includes over forty pictures, a chronology, family tree, film credits, her senior dissertations, and a complete list of her works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439058
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tighe E. Zimmers has been researching and collecting memorabilia about American popular song composers for over two decades. A physician in Chicago, his previous writings include numerous articles on emergency medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Omaha and New England, 1905-1929 3

2 The First Songs and New York City: 1930-1932 10

3 "Willow Weep for Me": 1932 19

4 "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!" and Disney Studios: 1933-1935 23

5 Lester Cowan and Hollywood: 1935-1936 29

6 Kurt Weill and Blockade: 1937-1938 34

7 Martha and Opera in English: 1938-1939 40

8 The Gypsy Baron and Light Opera: 1939-1940 48

9 Ship South and Nicolai Berezovsky: 1941-1942 57

10 Count Me In and Broadway: 1942-1943 62

11 "Linda" and The Story of G.I. Joe: 1944-1946 73

12 Oh! Susanna and Stephen Foster: 1947-1948 81

13 One Touch of Venus and Forties Hollywood: 1947-1948 92

14 Love Happy and the Marx Brothers: 1948-1950 100

15 Main Street to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley Girl: 1951-1953 107

16 The Eisenhower Years and Political Songs: 1953-1960 116

17 Walt Disney and Who's the Real Big Bad Wolf? 1954-1958 120

18 Martha Revisited and the Metropolitan Opera: 1960-1961 133

19 Meeting at a Far Meridian and the Cold War: 1963-1965 140

20 Later Life and Career: 1965-1993 146

Appendix A Chronology 151

Appendix B Rosenblatt Family Tree 155

Appendix C Songs 156

Appendix D Singers and Artists Affiliated with Ronell 165

Appendix E Film Credits 166

Appendix F Operas in English: Translations and Adaptations 168

Appendix G Memberships, Awards, and Honors 169

Appendix H Other Artists Recording "Willow Weep for Me" 170

Appendix I "A Dissertation on What's It All About" by Ann Rosenblatt, 1927 171

Appendix J Ann Ronell Firsts 173

Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 191

Index 195

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