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Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald is the author of Jazz Singing, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Sinatra! The Song Is You, and The Warner Bros. Cartoons. He coauthored The Good Life with Tony Bennett and was a contributor to The Future of Jazz. He is one of the leading contemporary writers of liner notes.
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Sinatra! The Song Is You
Sinatra! The Song Is You (4 Formats) ›
By Will Friedwald, Foreword by Tony Bennett
Trade Paper Price 26.99

Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Published May 2018

Frank Sinatra was the greatest entertainer of his age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of drama and emotion. Drawing upon interviews with hundreds of his collaborators as well as with “The Voice” himself, this book chronicles, critiques, and celebrates his five-decade career. Will Friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs with the same astute, witty perceptions that earned him acclaim for his other books about jazz and pop singing. Now completely revised and updated, and including an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances, Sinatra! The Song Is You is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and an unparalleled guide through Sinatra’s vast musical legacy.
Stardust Melodies
Stardust Melodies ›
By Will Friedwald
Price 19.95

Trade Paper

Published Sep 2004

This pop culture history takes 12 legendary songs and, with a staggering wealth of detail and unprecedented understanding, provides an extended history of each. The circumstances under which each was written and first performed are explained and their musical and lyric content are explored. Those who were responsible for making these songs famous and performers who have left their unique marks on them are also identified. Variations in style, classic and obscure versions, brilliantly original interpretations, and ghastly travesties in the performance lifetime of each song are discussed. Also included are revelations of facts, such as Herman Hupfeld, who wrote "As Time Goes By," had a much bigger hit with "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba"; Billy Strayhorn wrote about "a week in Paris" in "Lush Life" when he was a teenager and had never been to any city larger than Pittsburgh; and the first-ever public performance of "I Got Rhythm," sung by Ethel Merman, featured Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.