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The Rise of the Crooners: Gene Austin, Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Nick Lucas, Johnny Marvin and Rudy Vallee (Studies and Documentation in the History of Popular Entertainment) Hardcover – January, 2002

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In The Rise of the Crooner, music historian Michael R. Pitts and Drank W. Hoffmann...are ably assisted by Dick Carty and Jim Bedoian to present an articulate, scholarly, informative, and engaging historical treatise surveying the trends, fads, events, and personalities that created this popular form of American music and its lasting impact on popular American culture... The Rise of the Crooners...[is] an enthusiastically recommended addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library American music history collection. (Wisconsin Bookshelf)

In The Rise of the Crooner, music historian Michael R. Pitts and Drank W. Hoffmann...are ably assisted by Dick Carty and Jim Bedoian to present an articulate, scholarly, informative, and engaging historical treatise surveying the trends, fads, events, and personalities that created this popular form of American music and its lasting impact on popular American culture... The Rise of the Crooners...[is] an enthusiastically recommended addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library American music history collection... (Wisconsin Bookshelf)

About the Author

Michael R. Pitts is the author or co-author of more than 30 books on entertainment. Dr. Frank W. Hoffman is Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Studies and Documentation in the History of Popular Entertainment (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810840812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810840812
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors bring to light the beginning of a style of singing made possible by the introduction of radio and the electric microphone. Separate from the shouting style of singing required by the acoustic horn phonograph and theatres with no amplification, the microphone allowed a more intimate soft style of singing. The book highlights the better known performers Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee as well as informs on the forgotten performers Art Gillham, Jack Smith, Little Jack Little and others instrumental in developing the intimate crooning style.
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Crooning was a distinctive music performance style that came into prominence during the Big Band era of the 1930s and 40s. Successful crooners like Rudy Vallee and Frank Sinatra became icons of the "bobbysox" generation of teenagers. Established crooners like Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett had decades long careers that including radio, movies, and television. In The Rise Of The Crooner, music historian Michael R. Pitts and Drank W. Hoffmann (Professor of Library Science, Sam Houston State University) are ably assisted by Dick Carty and Jim Bedoian to present an articulate, scholarly, informative, and engaging historical treatise surveying the trends, fads, events, and personalities that created this popular form of American music and its lasting impact on popular American culture. The "reader friendly", 312 paged text is enhanced with up-to-date biographies, bibliographies, and discographies making The Rise Of The Crooners an enthusiastically recommended addition to any personal, professional, academic, or community library American music history collection.
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'The Rise of the Crooners' is no less than a key sourcebook, for those interested in the brief--but ultimately, very influential--period on the American musical spectrum, known as "The Crooner Era". But this book isn't simply about "the crooners" and "crooning"--it presents both the "before," as well as the aftermath of this now largely-forgotten moment in time, when a few shockingly intimate young men snuck their way into the homes of an adoring radio public, in a way that was previously impossible. The writers clearly portray how revolutionary these singers were in their day--when radio and the amplifying mic first attained wide-popularity. Crosby, Columbo & Vallee--along with several other golden-toned vocalists--created a whole new style of intimate, "up-close" singing that caused a sensation--and the sounds of pop vocalists of the 21st century can be directly linked to this era, too. The book is extremely informative and the writing is excellent.The writers have clearly done their homework. I consider this a "go-to" source material, when I'm looking to confirm facts and dates--I trust the scholarship of it that well. Well-done! I only hope there could be a "Part II" someday!
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