American Singers

American Singers : Twenty-seven Portraits in Song

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In this revised and expanded edition, the author has added 13 new biographical profiles of popular American singers, from the days of Big Band swing to the 1950s. In addition to such vocalists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and Alberta Hunter, Balliett discusses the talents of Mel Torme, Julius La Rosa and Peggy Lee. Julie Wilson joins Hugh Shannon, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, and Blossom Dearie in a cabaret hall of fame, and there are new chapters on singer-pianist Cleo Brown, as well as Carol Sloane and David Frishberg. Most notably, there is an expansive essay on Alec Wilder, one of America's most lyrical and moving songwriters and more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0195065735
  • 9780195065732

About Whitney Balliett

About the Author Whitney Balliett has been the jazz critic for The New Yorker since 1957. His other books include Improvising, Night Creature, and Barney, Bradley, and more

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