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Ol’ Man Easy Listening

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/9780199389186.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter looks at approaches to “Ol’ Man River” that emphasized the beauty of the melody over the contentious content of the lyrics. The concept of “easy listening” is introduced and several ... More


Adult Contemporary Bossa Nova: The Jet Set and Easy Listening on Record and in Film

K. E. Goldschmitt

in Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190923525
eISBN:
9780190923563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923525.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter details the transition of the bossa nova from ubiquitous fad to music for an older demographic to explain how the music became associated with seduction and the easy listening format. It ... More


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