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Sinatra’s Way

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/9780199389186.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter considers popular music icon Frank Sinatra’s fifty years singing “Ol’ Man River.” He first sang the song in the early 1940s, when it was an unlikely addition to his repertoire of love ... More


“Where the Devil Has He Been?”

Harlow Robinson

in Lewis Milestone: Life and Films

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178332
eISBN:
9780813178349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter covers Milestone’s life until his death in 1980. During this time he directed two high-profile features. Warner Brothers’ Ocean’s Eleven, a widely-imitated heist movie set in the Las ... More


Jazz with Strings: Between Jazz and the Great American Songbook

John Howland

in Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520271036
eISBN:
9780520951358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271036.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

From roughly 1940 to 1945, a number of prominent big band leaders expanded their ensembles by adding strings and other orchestral instruments. Capitol Records stood at the forefront of this movement ... More


Buddy Rich (1917–1987)

Buddy Rich

in Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157628
eISBN:
9780199849468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

During his career in jazz, Buddy Rich was a much-admired yet controversial figure. Because of a unique relationship between his hands and feet, and a natural connection to the music, Rich continually ... More


Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Jon Lewis

in Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520284319
eISBN:
9780520959910
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284319.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The gossip industry underwent a fundamental transition after the war, from the gawking clatter of the classical era fan magazines to the gossip columns of Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons and scandal ... More


In High Society

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Walters-Darrow relationship ends, yet they retain a close friendship. Chapter 21 takes a comprehensive look at the creation of the screen comedy The Tender Trap (1955) and Walters’ work with ... More


The 1960s: Hollywood Off-Ramp

Tom Mankiewicz

in My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813136059
eISBN:
9780813141169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813136059.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Tom attends Yale. Gets his first film job as a production assistant on a John Wayne film directed by Michael Curtiz. Curtiz fires Tom but Tom is rehired by the Duke. Tom visits his dad's set in Rome ... More


The Life of an Elephant

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

Hermes Pan continues at M-G-M with Kiss Me Kate in which he permits Bob Fosse to choreograph a portion of “From This Moment On.” He continues turning out musicals—The Student Prince, Jupiter’s ... More


Broadway Black, Hollywood White: 1943–1957

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter considers Show Boat in the post-World War II era by way of the 1946 Broadway revival and two film versions made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Hollywood (extended excerpts in Till the Clouds ... More


Epilogue: Into the 1940s

Burt Korall

in Drumminʼ Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195157628
eISBN:
9780199849468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

As the 1940s began, there was little evidence of the changes that were to dominate the next ten years. The music business was still built around the big bands. With the advent of World War II, music ... More


Advocates for Zion: Sinatra, Steinbeck, Baldwin, and Bellow (1957–1967)

Shalom Goldman

in Starstruck in the Promised Land: How the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781469652412
eISBN:
9781469652436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652412.003.0005
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter details the release of the Leon Uris novel Exodus and subsequent film adaptation as well as the less celebrated Frank Sinatra vehicle The House That I Live In. The pages also recount the ... More


“ … that moonlight trail that leads to your side … ”: Moonraker

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863303
eISBN:
9780199979981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Because the new Bond film was shot mostly in France, John Barry could return to the franchise and scored Moonraker — about a villain who has built an entire space station above Earth — in Paris. His ... More


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

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This book tells the almost eighty-year performance history of a great popular song. Examining more than two hundred recorded and filmed versions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s classic ... More


The High Season on Television

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/9780199389186.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

“Ol’ Man River” was frequently heard on television during the height of the civil rights era—from roughly 1957 to the end of the 1960s. This chapter considers eleven televised versions performed by ... More


Songs for Swingin’ Show Fans: Hit Singles and the Catalog of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The market for single recordings, now on the 45 rpm format, was still huge in the 1950s. Songs from Broadway shows were immensely popular with commercial singers at the time, such as Perry Como, ... More


Pal Joey Goes to Hollywood

Julianne Lindberg

in Pal Joey: The History of a Heel

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190051204
eISBN:
9780190051235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190051204.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The 1957 screen adaptation of Pal Joey—starring Frank Sinatra as Joey, Rita Hayworth as Vera, and Kim Novak as Linda—redeems Joey. Now a singer rather than a dancer, Joey genuinely falls in love with ... More


Broadway to Hollywood and Back Again

Andy Propst

in They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190630935
eISBN:
9780190630966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630935.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1949 Betty Comden and Adolph Green discovered that MGM finally wanted to move forward with a screen version of On the Town. Before it could go in front of cameras, though, there were obstacles to ... More


Riding the Roosevelt Special

David Haven Blake

in Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190278182
eISBN:
9780190278212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278182.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Ike Day was modeled after the network of polio benefit balls and dinners that honored Franklin Roosevelt’s birthdays in the 1930s and 1940s. The chapter describes the political culture that ... More


The Majestic Theater of the Air: Radio and the Personality of Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The advent of radio in the early 1920s allowed for the music of Broadway to penetrate even more households with dance bands, variety shows, and interview programs that exploited the rarified ... More


Theatrical Disaster … Cinematic Success

Andy Propst

in They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden & Adolph Green's Musicals & Movies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190630935
eISBN:
9780190630966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190630935.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

Betty Comden and Adolph Green, after finishing work on the screenplay for Good News, began work on their third Broadway musical. It became Bonanza Bound, and the tuner, a comedy set in the 1890s in ... More


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