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The Melody Lingers On: The Great Songwriters And Their Movie Music [Paperback]

Roy Hemming
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June 10 1999

Back in print in a handsome, elegant paperback with 166 evocative photos and movie stills, many of them rare, this is the only illustrated book on the golden age of movie musicals from the composers' point of view. This unique book, a perfect gift and an asset to every film and music library, includes: separate chapters on the careers and complete movie work of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Cole Porter, Ralph Rainger, Richard Rodgers, Harry Warren, and Richard Whiting; shorter studies of Nacio Herb Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, and James Van Heusen; and a detailed filmography for each songwriter, listing more than 800 movies and 2,000 songs.


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YA-More comprehensive on composers than lyricists, this volume offers a lively but thorough look at the movies and songs of 10 great songwriters including Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers. A biographical sketch leads the discussion and provides a historical context for the chapters that follow. Hemming covers both the composers' original works for Hollywood and the movie versions of their Broadway shows. An exhaustive listing of film titles, CDs, and audio collections follows each profile. Of value to students in many curricular areas, this highly readable resource, enhanced by more than 100 photographs, will deepen readers' knowledge of this popular field.
Margaret Nolan, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Brief biographical sketches and long enthusiastic filmographic essays on Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and ten others are presented in this warmly affectionate book. Hemming has seen nearly all the films he discusses and gives readers detailed descriptions of scenes in the films that showcase the work of each songwriter. Informed opinion as well as handy lists of each man's movies (indicating what is available on tape and disc) should make the book irresistible to fans of old-fashioned movie musicals. The hard facts are available elswehere so this is not needed as a reference item in most libraries. For film history rather than biography collections. Movie Entertainment Book Club and Nostalgia Book Club selections. Bonnie Jo Dopp, Dist. of Columbia P.L.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loves movie musicals. March 1 1998
Format:Hardcover
Roy Hemming has long demonstrated his knowledge of movies and music, and obviously loves the subject. He includes the Broadway shows that some of the movie musicals came from, often with no recognizable link, like "Fifty Million Frenchmen" by Cole Porter.
Whether you've seen any of these films when they first came out, or if you're just learning of their charm and craft, this is a book to enjoy.

-Elizabeth Ahlfors, CityCabaret
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songwriters move to Hollywood Sept. 16 2011
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I was fascinated to learn about successful tunesmiths' careers in Hollywood movie musicals. This is a great read with extensive archival pictures of hits by such greats as Porter, Kern, Hammerstein and others. Well worth the price, especially when you get a great deal on a used paperback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is a Really Magnificent Book! May 13 2011
By John Howard Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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An astonishingly detailed and fascinating reference book that deserves to take pride-of-place on any music-lover's reference shelf, "The Melody Lingers On" is absolutely packed with vital information on just about all the song writers I admire from Harold Arlen through to Richard Whiting. In all, 16 composers and/or lyricists are represented. I know you can always pick faults in a book like this by drawing attention to omissions rather than focusing on what the author has achieved in the limited apace his publisher allowed him. The book already runs to 400 pages and has just reached the size where it is already a little too heavy to lift comfortably. Author Roy Hemming deserves the thanks and congratulations of everyone who regards Hollywood and Broadway musicals as the best in the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loves movie musicals. March 1 1998
By ahlfors@citycabaret.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Roy Hemming has long demonstrated his knowledge of movies and music, and obviously loves the subject. He includes the Broadway shows that some of the movie musicals came from, often with no recognizable link, like "Fifty Million Frenchmen" by Cole Porter.
Whether you've seen any of these films when they first came out, or if you're just learning of their charm and craft, this is a book to enjoy.

-Elizabeth Ahlfors, CityCabaret
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and WONDERFUL service! Aug. 23 2011
By RD2B - Published on Amazon.com
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Howdy Great Books, this is a beautiful product! It looks almost brand new and it is a priceless collection of musical history. I have been looking for it for a long time! Thank you for taking such great care of it. I will treasure it always.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice job Oct. 22 2010
By Thomas Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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Very nice. It did not appear to be brand new but slightly used but the condition was still really good and the price was 80% cheaper than other sellers.
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