The American Popular Song goes on and on...and on
American Popular Song is Irving Berlin, Carole King, and The Lion King. It is not rock, but thousands of rock songs are popular song. It is not country, but the biggest country hits usually become popular song. These are the standards, the songs you know, the songs you've forgotten but remember immediately when you hear the chorus.
Virtually anything written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, or Richard Rodgers...and the majority of songs written by Neil Diamond, Brian Wilson or Carole King. It's the songs sung by Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, Dinah Shore, Barbra Streisand. It's a lot of the Beatles music, and most of Dolly Parton's catalog.
From Patti Page to Billy Joel, popular song is that which is hummed and enjoyed by kids in kindergarten as well as their grandparents. It's the Great American Songbook, where Anything goes...
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Each month we bring you a feature article on one of the great performers, and another on one of the great songwriters from the past 100 years of popular song. We revisit some of the anecdotes you remember, and provide some facts and tidbits that you probably never heard before. We zero in on some of the key songs and performances for these writers and artists.
Join us for some terrific tunes in our "Forgotten Gems" feature. These are the songs you haven't heard for years, and experience a quiet joy when you re-discover them. These are the songs that make you say, "how could I have forgotten that one...that's a great song!"
Sprinkle in some instrumentals, a look back at the charts from years ago, and other oddments and trivia to enrich your musical enjoyment.
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Tony Bennett joins Andy Williams for an outstanding tour of "city songs" in 1966.