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Songbirds: The Singers of Classic Pop and Jazz. A list primarily devoted to discussion of the legendary female vocalists of "classic pop" and jazz: Mildred Bailey, Rosemary Clooney, June Christy, Chris Connor, Doris Day, Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, Judy Garland, Eydie Gorme, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Julie London, Carmen McRae, Mabel Mercer, Anita O'Day, Patti Page, Annie Ross, Nina Simone, Keely Smith, Jo Stafford, Kay Starr, Maxine Sullivan, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Ethel Waters, Margaret Whiting, Lee Wiley, Nancy Wilson, many more. Also, plenty of discussion of crooners, songwriters, bandleaders, and contemporary singers keeping this great song tradition alive. The common denominator is singers who interpret the Great American Songbook (to which we refer in shorthand as "GAS") -- Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Warren, Dorothy Fields, Jule Styne, many more.
- Jun 24, 1998
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