Cher The Complete Great American Songbook

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The Golden Age of the Great American Songbook

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The times in which much of this music was written were tumultuous ones for a rapidly growing and changing America. The music of the Great American Songbook offered hope of better days during the Great Depression, built morale during two world wars, helped build social bridges within our culture, and whistled beside us during unprecedented economic growth. We defended our country, raised families, and built a nation while singing these songs.

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There are a number of recognizable singers who are noted as prominent contributors to the Songbook genre. Ella Fitzgerald, Fred Astaire, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Margaret Whiting, and Andy Williams are widely recognized for their performances and recordings which defined the genre. This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are countless others who are widely recognized for their performances of music from the Great American Songbook.

The Great American Songbook genre has emerged within the last hundred years, so there is not yet widespread consensus on exactly what falls under its heading. Several scholars have completed significant research into the genre, and have helped to shape the definition of the Great American Songbook. Alec Wilder's American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900–1950, lists and ranks the artists he believes belong to the Great American Songbook canon. Wilder suggests that the Great American Songbook era ended in 1950; others maintain that its end coincided with the dramatic increase in the popularity of rock & roll music in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The Great American Songbook Today

Over the past several decades, the music of the Great American Songbook has enjoyed a renaissance as a wide variety of singers have taken up these songs and breathed new life into them. Ringo Starr’s 1970 album “Sentimental Journey”, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” in 1978, Linda Ronstadt’s “What’s New” in 1983 and Natalie Cole’s 1991 “Unforgettable… With Love” have introduced the beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics to new generations. Singers including Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Bublé and Diana Krall have been noted as prominent interpreters of the Songbook throughout their careers. Michael Feinstein in particular has been a dedicated proponent of the music of the Great American Songbook since he began working as Ira Gershwin’s archivist the late 1970s.

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The music of the Great American Songbook continues to find new audiences; over the past twenty years, a diverse array of artists including Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Sting, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, Rufus Wainwright, Paul McCartney, and Annie Lennox have released popular albums of Songbook standards. The highly celebrated crooner Tony Bennett recently partnered with Lady Gaga for “Cheek To Cheek”, a highly successful album of American standards that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, reached the top ten in The United Kingdom, Greece, Japan, Australia and Canada, and earned a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

While the historical era in which the Great American Songbook was born has definitely ended, there are still songs being written today which demonstrate the quintessential characteristics of “America’s classical music” and are therefore considered part of the Songbook canon. These include Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Barry Manilow, Henry Mancini, Ann Hampton Callaway, and a variety of other gifted lyricists/composers.

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  • Act Naturally
  • All My Ex's Live In Texas
  • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  • Boot Scootin' Boogie
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix
  • Chattahoochee
  • Cold, Cold Heart
  • Could I Have This Dance
  • Crazy
  • Elvira
  • Faded Love
  • Family Tradition
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • For The Good Times
  • Forever And Ever, Amen
  • Friends In Low Places
  • The Gambler
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Green Green Grass Of Home
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today
  • He'll Have To Go
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night
  • Hey, Good Lookin'
  • I Can't Stop Loving You
  • I Fall To Pieces
  • I Walk The Line
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • It Was Almost Like A Song
  • Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
  • King Of The Road
  • Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'
  • Lookin' For Love
  • Lucille
  • Make The World Go Away
  • Night Life
  • Oh, Lonesome Me
  • Okie From Muskogee
  • Paper Roses
  • Release Me
  • Rocky Mountain High
  • Rocky Top
  • Sixteen Tons
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • There's A Tear In My Beer
  • Walkin' After Midnight
  • When Will I Be Loved
  • Workin' Man Blues
  • You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma
  • Your Cheatin' Heart

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