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“Let's Go Out to the Programs” (1952–1959)

Jerry Zolten

in Great God Aʼmighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152722
eISBN:
9780199849536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152722.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

The seven years between 1952 and 1959 were an extraordinarily rich period for the Dixie Hummingbirds and also for African American cultural history. African American artists of every kind continued ... More


Rhythm ‘n’ Blues

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195144000
eISBN:
9780199849017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144000.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the 1950s, the black theatre and night club circuit was dominated by rhythm ‘n’ blues. There was an enormous national audience for this music, and as the popularity of big dance bands waned, ... More


Jungle Madness: Jazz Dance and Exotic Numbers

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter considers some of Chappie Willet's approaches to instrumental dance music; including the framing of solo or ensemble virtuosity, the setting of new melodies over familiar chord ... More


It’s Whose Thing?: The Isley Brothers and Rhythm and Blues

Eric Weisbard

in Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

From their first hit, “Shout,” in 1959, to their number one album Body Kiss in 2003, the Isley Brothers were a constant presence in pop music. Yet their career contains two divergent narratives: a ... More


Rock ’n’ Roll

James Wierzbicki

in Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040078
eISBN:
9780252098277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the romantic genealogy of rock 'n' roll and how its style resulted from the happy integration of white hillbilly music with black “race music” or, as it came to be known in the ... More


Ol’ Man Rhythm

Todd Decker

in Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter chronicles up-tempo versions of “Ol’ Man River,” showing how the song survived several transitions in popular music and dance styles and in jazz. The relative tempo of different versions ... More


The Deep River Boys

Bruce Bastin and Kip Lornell

in The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032769
eISBN:
9781617032776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032769.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Joe Davis’s business activities in the early 1950s. It explains that during this time, Davis again ventured into music publishing. He signed and recorded several artists and ... More


Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Eric Weisbard

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

American popular music history takes a new shape when the force behind the hits – radio airplay – claims center stage. The 1950s Top 40 hits approach structured rival formats, too, by the 1970s: ... More


Groove Me: Dancing to the Discs of Northern Soul

David Sanjek

in Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the phenomenon of Northern Soul, addressing four main issues. First, what is the composition of the discography constituted by Northern Soul advocates, and how does it demarcate ... More


Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

David Brackett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Categorizing Sound addresses the relationship between categories of music and categories of people: in other words, how do particular ways of organizing sound become integral parts of whom we ... More


From the Albert Hall to a British Counterculture

in Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain?

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804773997
eISBN:
9780804777834
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter describes the Beat-inspired international poetry happening at the Royal Albert Hall in 1965. The Hall in South Kensington held a position of some importance in the iconography of postwar ... More


Common Routes to New Orleans

in The French Atlantic: Travels in Culture and History

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310508
eISBN:
9781846315848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310508.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the history of New Orleans as part of the French Atlantic. It explains that New Orleans and Louisiana have been similarly marginalized within French culture and suggests that ... More


. My Skin Is Black ~ 1965 ~

Nadine Cohodas

in Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872437
eISBN:
9781469602240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas.17
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses Nina's recording session that Newsweek photographer Bernard Gotfryd shot. This session featured more varied songs than the previous spring, including two rhythm-and-blues tunes ... More


Crossing Over Jordan: Navigating the Music of Heavenly Bliss and Earthly Desire in the Lives and Careers of Three Twentieth-Century African American Holiness-Pentecostal “Crossover” Artists

Louis B. Gallien

in Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814797303
eISBN:
9780814789070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814797303.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the Pentecostal foundations of three African American male “crossover” artists with deep roots in Afro-Pentecostalism: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, and Donny Hathaway. It relates the ... More


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