The Great American Songbook
Category: EntertainmentBy: john-russell • 3 months ago • 17 comments
The Great American Songbook, sometimes alternatively described as "standards", is a form of popular music created mainly in the 20's through the 60's of the past century. To a large extent these songs were associated with Broadway musicals and movies of that era. They were popularized by the giants of music in those decades, such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole , Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Margaret Whiting, Doris Day etc. The Great American Songbook was written by Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lerner and Lowe, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, and many more.
Today the Great American Songbook is certainly a niche genre, but it is being kept alive by numerous devotees in both the performing and listening communities.
I've Got you Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Come Back To Me - Shirley Horn
My Foolish Heart - Cliff Richard
Anything Goes - Ella Fitzgerald
Moon River - Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck
My Future Just Passed - Margaret Whiting
Where or When - Diana Krall
Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart - Kristin Chenoweth
You'll Never Know - Willie Nelson