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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a body of work that continues to please and inspire. Here is the most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ever written, as well as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has been sung.

 

The music crosses from jazz to pop and back again, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. Handy through Stephen Sondheim and beyond, bringing together straightforward jazz and pop singers (Billie Holiday, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved among genres and combined them (Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé); the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday’s vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today’s cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Bublé). Friedwald has also written extended pieces on the most representative artists of five significant genres that lie outside the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ’n’ roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock).

 

Friedwald reconsiders the personal stories and professional successes and failures of all these artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising both the singers and their music by balancing his opinions with those of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics.

 

This magisterial reference book—ten years in the making—will delight and inform anyone with a passion for the iconic music of America, which continues to resonate throughout our popular culture.

Review:

"In this passionately opinionated encyclopedia of the old-school virtuosos of the American songbook, music writer Friedwald (Sinatra!) celebrates 200-odd performers of jazz and pop standards, from the mid-20th-century titans--Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra--to latter-day acolytes like Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr., with a raft of unjustly obscure singers in between. (Forget the Andrews Sisters--get a load of the Boswell Sisters!) Friedwald is all about the music; he primly shies away from his subjects' scandal-prone personal lives, but accords each a substantial career retrospective, selected discography and wonderfully pithy interpretive essay. His tastes are wide-ranging and idiosyncratic: he plumbs the artistry of Jimmy Durante's and Shirley Temple's novelty voices, decries the bombastic narcissism of 'sacred monster' Barbra Streisand--'I remain completely unconvinced that she's a person who needs people'--and considers perky Doris Day's pop gems 'the most erotic vocalizing you'll ever hear.' However unconventional, his judgments are usually spot-on, as in his compelling reassessment of Elvis as the last great Crosbyesque crooner. Friedwald's exuberant medley is that rarest of things: music criticism that actually makes you sit up and listen. (Nov. 2)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Book News Annotation:

This encyclopedia of jazz and pop singers of the twentieth century includes biographical essays on over three hundred of the era's best performers. Friedwald, a noted jazz journalist, describes the lives and music of some of the most interesting and influential performers of the age, detailing their personal lives, famous songs and performances and important career milestones. The work covers all the household names in jazz and pop such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as lesser known singers with details of the complex webs of musical influence between performers and on the fabric of American music. The volume is divide into two sections, the first comprising entries on individual singers and the second grouping singers topically under headings such as "Hollywood Divas," "Torch Singers and Flappers," and "Contemporary Cabaret." This definitive work will be of interest to musicologists, jazz aficionados and students of American popular culture. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Covering such icons as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland, Friedwald presents the most extensive biographical and critical survey of jazz and popular singers ever written--an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who performed it.

Synopsis:

The most extensive biographical and critical survey of jazz and popular singers ever written—an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who performed it.

 

These illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the greatest popular vocalists of the twentieth century, from giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists whose work still pleases and inspires.

 

Will Friedwald reconsiders their personal stories and professional successes and failures, their songs and performances, appraising both the singers and their music by balancing his opinions with the criticism of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics. This magisterial reference book—ten years in the making— brings into focus the Great American Songbook and the men and women who have sung it: straightforward jazz and pop singers; hybrid artists who moved among and combined genres; the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood; yesterday’s vaudeville stars and today’s cabaret artists.

 

A must-have for anyone with a passion for the classic, iconic music of America—the music that continues to resonate throughout our popular culture.

About the Author

WILL FRIEDWALD is the author of, among other works, Stardust Melodies: A Biography of 12 of America’s Most Popular Songs; Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond; and Sinatra! The Song Is You: A Singer’s Art. One of the leading contemporary writers of liner notes for music albums, he was the New York Sun jazz critic for seven years. Other publications he has written for include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

This table of contents includes an alphabetical list of all the artists featured in the dictionary: individual artists, the five “extras” (iconic singers in other genres), and those included in multiple artist entries. These multiple artist groupings, which are in more or less chronological order, are also listed below for your reference.

Introduction

 

Individual Artists

 

Lorez Alexandria

Ernestine Anderson

Ivie Anderson

Julie Andrews

The Andrews Sisters

Harold Arlen

Lil Hardin Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Fred Astaire

Gene Austin

Harry Babbitt

Mildred Bailey

Pearl Bailey

Chet Baker

Josephine Baker

Tex Beneke

Tony Bennett

Andy Bey

Connee Boswell and the Boswell Sisters

Al Bowlly

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Hadda Brooks

Cleo Brown

Michael Bublé

Jackie Cain

Ann Hampton Callaway

Cab Calloway

Eddie Cantor

Una Mae Carlisle

Hoagy Carmichael

Barbara Carroll

Betty Carter

Ray Charles

June Christy

Peter Cincotti

Buddy Clark

Rosemary Clooney

Freddy Cole

Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole

Russ Columbo

Perry Como

Eric Comstock

Harry Connick, Jr.

Chris Connor

Barbara Cook

Sam Cooke

Sir Noel Coward

Bing Crosby

Jamie Cullum

Vic Damone

Bobby Darin

Sammy Davis Jr.

Doris Day

Blossom Dearie

Matt Dennis

Johnny Desmond

Marlene Dietrich

Alfred Drake

Jimmy Durante

Bob Dylan

Ray Eberle

Bob Eberly

Billy Eckstine

Cliff Edwards

Kurt Elling

Skinnay Ennis

Ruth Etting

Alice Faye

Michael Feinstein

Gracie Fields

Ella Fitzgerald

Helen Forrest

Aretha Franklin

Judy Garland

Eydie Gormé

Robert Goulet

Buddy Greco

Adelaide Hall

Annette Hanshaw

Mary Cleere Haran

Allan Harris

Marion Harris

Johnny Hartman

Dick Haymes

Bill Henderson

Woody Herman

Al Hibbler

Billie Holiday

Shirley Horn

Lena Horne

Helen Humes

Hutch (Leslie Hutchinson)

Betty Hutton

Marion Hutton

Alberta Hunter

Mahalia Jackson

Eddie Jefferson

Herb Jeffries

Clarence Johnstone

Al Jolson

Etta Jones

Jack Jones

Louis Jordan

Sheila Jordan

Kitty Kallen

Howard Keel

Richard Kiley

Teddi King

Eartha Kitt

Irene Kral

Roy Kral

Diana Krall

Cleo Laine

Frankie Laine

Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross

Dorothy Lamour

Turner Layton

Steve Lawrence

Barbara Lea

Julia Lee

Peggy Lee

Abbey Lincoln

Julie London

Nick Lucas

Nellie Lutcher

Gloria Lynne

Gordon MacRae

Kevin Mahogany

Andrea Marcovicci

Dean Martin

Mary Martin

Johnny Mathis

Susannah McCorkle

Audra McDonald

Ray McKinley

Carmen McRae

Johnny Mercer

Mabel Mercer

Ethel Merman

Helen Merrill

The Mills Brothers

Guy Mitchell

Matt Monro

Joe Mooney

Helen Morgan

Lee Morse

Mark Murphy

Rose Murphy

Anita O’Day

Patti Page

Jackie Paris

King Pleasure

Elvis Presley

Louis Prima

Arthur Prysock

John Raitt

Ramona

Lou Rawls

Johnnie Ray

Martha Raye

Della Reese

Dianne Reeves

Irene Reid

Ann Richards

Jimmy Rushing

(Little) Jimmy Scott

Daryl Sherman

Dinah Shore

Bobby Short

Nina Simone

Ginny Simms

Frank Sinatra

Carol Sloane

Bessie Smith

Kate Smith

Jeri Southern

Jo Stafford

Kay Starr

Dakota Staton

Barbra Streisand

Maxine Sullivan

Sylvia Syms

Jack Teagarden

Shirley Temple

Teri Thornton

Martha Tilton

Mel Tormé

Sophie Tucker

George “Bon Bon” Tunnell

Rudy Vallee

Sarah Vaughan

Bea Wain

Fats Waller

Helen Ward

Dinah Washington

Ethel Waters

Elizabeth Welch

Margaret Whiting

Lee Wiley

Andy Williams

Hank Williams

Joe Williams

Cassandra Wilson

Julie Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Edythe Wright

 

Multiple Artists

The Birth of the Croon: Cliff Edwards, Nick Lucas, Rudy Vallee, and Russ Columbo

 

Torch Singers and Flappers: Marion Harris, Ruth Etting, Helen Morgan, and Annette Hanshaw

 

African Americans Abroad: Adelaide Hall, Josephine Baker, Elisabeth Welch, and Alberta Hunter

 

There’ll Always Be an England: Hutch, Layton & Johnstone, and Gracie Fields

 

Female Band Singers I Benny’s Babes: Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, and Helen Forrest

 

Sing a Song of Ellington: Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and Al Hibbler

 

Sing a Song of Miller: Male (Mostly) Band Singers I—Bob Eberly, Ray Eberle, Marion Hutton, Johnny Desmond, Tex Beneke, and Ray McKinley

 

Singing Songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, and Johnny Mercer

 

Female Bandsingers II—Big Bands into Pop: Edythe Wright, Bea Wain, Ginny Simms, Kitty Kallen

 

Male Band Singers II—Exceptional Boychicks: Harry Babbitt and George “Bon Bon” Tunnell

 

Hollywood Divas: Alice Faye, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Temple, and Betty Hutton

 

Two Inimitables: Sir Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich

 

Fats’s Femme Followers: Lee Morse, Ramona, Cleo Brown, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Una Mae Carlisle, Julia Lee, Nellie Lutcher, Rose Murphy, and Hadda Brooks

 

Big Pop (Male): Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Guy Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, and Andy Williams

 

Hipsters and Bopsters: King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson, Jackie Cain, Roy Kral, Irene Kral, Ann Richards, and Cleo Laine

 

Lee Wiley’s Boston Connection: Teddi King and Barbara Lea

 

Leading Ladies: Barbara Cook and Julie Andrews

 

Leading Men—In Defense of the Broadway Baritone: Alfred Drake, John Raitt, Gordon MacRae, Howard Keel, and Robert Goulet  

 

Dinah’s Daughters—Soulful Ladies and Local Favorites: Etta Jones, Gloria Lynne, Teri Thornton, Irene Reid, and Lorez Alexandria

 

Two Soulful Gentlemen: Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls

 

Blossom’s Buds and Dearie’s Daughters: Barbara Carroll, Daryl Sherman, and Ann Hampton Callaway

 

Rock Goes Standards!: From Connie Francis to Rod Stewart

 

Dynasty: Freddy Cole and Natalie Cole

 

Contemporary Male Jazz Singers: Allan Harris, Kevin Mahogany, and Kurt Elling

 

Contemporary Cabaret: Andrea Marcovicci, Mary Cleere Haran, Michael Feinstein, and Eric Comstock

 

Harry Connick Jr. and the Retro Crooner Boychicks: Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, and Peter Cincotti

Extras

Folk-Rock: Bob Dylan

Gospel: Mahalia Jackson

Rock ’n’ Roll: Elvis Presley

Blues: Bessie Smith

Country and Western: Hank Williams

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375421495
Author:
Friedwald, Will
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7.03 x 1.76 in 2.75 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this passionately opinionated encyclopedia of the old-school virtuosos of the American songbook, music writer Friedwald (Sinatra!) celebrates 200-odd performers of jazz and pop standards, from the mid-20th-century titans--Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra--to latter-day acolytes like Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr., with a raft of unjustly obscure singers in between. (Forget the Andrews Sisters--get a load of the Boswell Sisters!) Friedwald is all about the music; he primly shies away from his subjects' scandal-prone personal lives, but accords each a substantial career retrospective, selected discography and wonderfully pithy interpretive essay. His tastes are wide-ranging and idiosyncratic: he plumbs the artistry of Jimmy Durante's and Shirley Temple's novelty voices, decries the bombastic narcissism of 'sacred monster' Barbra Streisand--'I remain completely unconvinced that she's a person who needs people'--and considers perky Doris Day's pop gems 'the most erotic vocalizing you'll ever hear.' However unconventional, his judgments are usually spot-on, as in his compelling reassessment of Elvis as the last great Crosbyesque crooner. Friedwald's exuberant medley is that rarest of things: music criticism that actually makes you sit up and listen. (Nov. 2)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Covering such icons as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland, Friedwald presents the most extensive biographical and critical survey of jazz and popular singers ever written--an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who performed it.
"Synopsis" by , The most extensive biographical and critical survey of jazz and popular singers ever written—an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who performed it.

 

These illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the greatest popular vocalists of the twentieth century, from giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists whose work still pleases and inspires.

 

Will Friedwald reconsiders their personal stories and professional successes and failures, their songs and performances, appraising both the singers and their music by balancing his opinions with the criticism of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics. This magisterial reference book—ten years in the making— brings into focus the Great American Songbook and the men and women who have sung it: straightforward jazz and pop singers; hybrid artists who moved among and combined genres; the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood; yesterday’s vaudeville stars and today’s cabaret artists.

 

A must-have for anyone with a passion for the classic, iconic music of America—the music that continues to resonate throughout our popular culture.

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