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Unformatted text preview: st person) anyone can experience/sing/appreciate/buy Bing Crosby (1904-1977) #1 recording star prior to 1950 (300-500 mil records) legendary crooner ◦ starts with Paul Whiteman then goes solo ◦ “everyman” sound “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” (1931) ◦ unofficial theme song of the Great Depression (exception to typical TPA songs) ◦ lyrics: bewilderment, betrayal ◦ music: how does music reflect the theme of the song? George Gershwin (1898-1937) pianist, songwriter, composer TPA, Broadway, Hollywood interest in jazz, blues, syncopation “I Got Rhythm” (1930) ◦ singer: Ethel Merman ◦ Built on short, syncopated 4-note riff ◦ Verse/Refrain form ▪ Verse = minor, slower, sets up contrast ▪ Refrain (AABA) = major, uptempo, optimistic. ◦ Famous chord pattern (“rhythm changes”) ▪ TPA song influences jazz practice...
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- Fall '11
- Bing Crosby, tin pan alley, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Al Jolson