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The American Songbook: Tommy Dorsey, Sunny Side of the Street

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-10-21 00:00

Featured before, but worth a repeat in a different rendition, Tommy Dorsey backs the Clark Sisters.


Jennifer Burns' Rand Biography

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-10-04 03:28

Here is an Amazon Excerpt

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Anne Heller's Rand Biography

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-09-13 21:37

Amazon has a PDF of the first chapter of Heller's forthcoming biography.

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The American Musical - Gene Kelly, An American In Paris

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-08-26 04:05

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in part of the greatest dance sequence in cinema history, the 18-minute ballet that climaxes the 1951 film.

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American Jazz - Count Basie, Whirlybird

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-08-24 04:21

Tenor sax player Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis leads the band in one of CB's signature tunes, circa 1960.


The American Musical - Judy Garland, My Ship

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-23 03:42

From the 1941 musical Lady In The Dark, music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ira Gershwin.


Romantic Painting - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-08-21 15:47

The Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla (Born February 27, 1863 Valencia, died August 10, 1923) produced a very diverse output.

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Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn swim beside the white boat. — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2009-08-21 18:53

The American Songbook - Glenn Miller, Jukebox Saturday Night

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-08-21 02:32

The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Modernaires sing one of the band's giant hits.


The American Musical - Vera Ellen, Tap Ballet

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-08-19 18:39

Vera Ellen combines ballet and tap in an extraordinary way.


The American Musical - Page Cavanaugh, Daddy-O

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-08-17 21:56

From the Danny Kaye film, A Song Is Born (1948), written by Billy Wilder, directed by Howard Hawks.

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Peter — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-20 00:39
A supergroup is born! — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2009-08-20 00:26

The American Musical - Oscar Levant, Gershwin's Concerto in F

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-16 00:49

From the best musical film ever made, An American In Paris (1951), written by Alan Jay Lerner, directed by Vincent Minnelli.

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Your film viewing — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-08-17 15:02
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The American Songbook - Doris Day, Too Marvelous For Words

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-13 22:00

Here's Doris performing the outstanding Johnny Mercer tune in the even finer film, Young Man With a Horn (1950).

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The American Songbook - Count Basie, One O'Clock Jump

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-13 01:15

An early performance of his signature tune (from the film Rhythm and Blues Review, 1950).

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I pulled out of that pretty early too — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-08-15 11:56
"Jazz music celebrates life . . . " — by Peter Cresswell on Fri, 2009-08-14 02:00
Agreed — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-13 14:36

The American Songbook - Sarah Vaughan, Sometimes I'm Happy/Lover Man

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2009-08-11 22:56

Performing for a TV audience in 1958.


The American Songbook - Jo Stafford, Begin the Beguine

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2009-08-11 04:35

Jo in 1950 singing the great Cole Porter classic. No dancing required.


The American Songbook - Anita O'Day, Let Me Off Uptown

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-09 14:40

From the early part of her career (of 50 years) with the Gene Krupa band. Here she does a duet with the great trumpet player Roy Eldridge.

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The American Songbook - Tex Beneke, Hey Ba Ba Re Bop

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-09 02:46

Sure, the title is meaningless. But the tune says it all.

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Trumpet player? — by 0 on Sun, 2010-12-19 05:03
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The American Songbook - Sinatra, My Funny Valentine

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-08-07 02:19

The Chairman doing the stellar Rodgers and Hart song.

Also featured in the feature Pal Joey (1957) with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak.

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-06 20:28

Just for fun...


Romantic Painting - Sargent, Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882)

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-08-06 03:38

Sargent shows here why he was among the finest painters of the 19th -- or any other -- century, with this most unusual portrait.

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The American Songbook - Jo Stafford, The Nearness of You

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2009-08-04 02:45

With straightforward simplicity, Jo sends a shiver up the spine in this 1956 recording of the Hoagy Carmichael classic.

From the album, Ski Trails.


The American Songbook - Rosemary Clooney, Blues in the Night

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-08-02 02:56

Rosie gives it the smoke in a 1958 performance of this 1941 Harold Arlen tune (lyrics by Johnny Mercer). With the Percy Faith Orchestra.

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The American Songbook - Sarah Vaughan, Cherokee

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-07-31 02:47

A young Sarah Vaughan still working out her stagecraft takes an otherwise mediocre tune and makes it great through sheer talent. From a live TV performance in 1958

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The American Songbook - Peggy Lee, The Man I Love

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-07-29 02:11

From her 1957 album of the same name, arrangements by Nelson Riddle, conducted by Frank Sinatra.


The American Songbook - Goodman/Forrest, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-07-27 18:18

The Benny Goodman Orchestra backs one of the premier vocalists of the WWII era, Helen Forrest, in this classic tune. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Otto Harbach from the 1933 musical Roberta.

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Beautiful ballad! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2009-07-28 02:20

The American Songbook - Jo Stafford, Fools Rush In

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-07-26 00:21

"G.I. Jo" helped win WWII by keeping morale high with her pure voice and unconquerable spirit. Here she sings a classic Johnny Mercer song.

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Obama's Falling Poll Numbers, Except...

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-07-24 15:34
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The American Songbook - Cole/Basie, The Late, Late Show

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2009-07-24 04:14

Nat King Cole swings with the Count Basie Orchestra (minus Basie himself). From the 1959 album "Welcome to the Club." Arrangement by the consistently stellar Dave Cavanaugh.


Romantic Art - Lament for Icarus, Draper (1898)

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2009-07-23 16:07

Gold medal winner at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, and well deserved.


The American Songbook - Ella, Someone To Watch Over Me

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-07-22 05:05

Ella Fitzgerald thrills with this Gershwin classic. And with nothing but the piano to back her.


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