Tin Pan Alley: Your faves?

Discussion in 'Radio' started by jake_fink, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

  2. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

    Hardlucksville, NY
    I hope this qualifies..
    Robert Johnson. For me, it does not get much better than this!
    From a Robert Johnson page.
  3. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

    Not to be nit picky...

    ...in a thread with so little response, but Robert Johnson - as great as he is, and I love him almost as much as Missippi John Hurt - does not qualify.

    Tin Pan Alley refers to the music publishing business in America up to the middle of last century. Up until the 1920s Tin Pan Alley was a real place, a strip of 28th Street in New York between 5th and Broadway. This is where most music publishers (popular music was diseminated in the days before radio through sheet music sales) were located. The Gershwins had their start here and many of the great standards of the American popular repertory prior to the second World War were composed by someone in some way involved in the Tin Pan Alley tradition. So, it refers to songwriters more than performers or specific performances. Any tunes from Broadway or Hollywood musicals up to the fifties probably contain some of these songs.

    Anyway, as far as Robert Johnson goes, he is one of the greatest (and some, Eric Clapton ferinstance, would argue THE greatest) Blues Men there ever was. Did you like the Robert Johnson-like character in O Brother Where Art Thou?

  4. Absinthe_1900

    Absinthe_1900 One Too Many

    The Heights in Houston TX
    I listen to quite a few original 78's that are on the Red Hot Jazz archive, I like the popular ''flappers" type 20's hits, through 30's, and the later big band era.
    I usually play the more rare discs on a modern turntable, or a schoolhouse phono, as well as from a few old wind-up machines that I have. (Edison, Victor, & Columbia)

    I have a small radio transmitter that I can send the audio to a 1940 Black Dial Zenith console from the more modern equipment. (It's nice to turn the lights down and see that lit dial glowing on the Zenith)
  5. BD Jones

    BD Jones One of the Regulars

    My top three, in order, are Gershwin (by a wide margin), Berlin, Carmichael.
  6. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

    Hardlucksville, NY
    Thanks for the clarification jake_fink. I thought he might not fit in...
    During 'O Brother', I gave my wife a nudge and said, "That's Robert Johnson!" :)
  7. Rafter

    Rafter Suspended

    Harry Warren -- a name familiar to music aficionados, though many would be hard pressed to know exactly what he was famous for. Mention some titles of the countless songs he composed during his amazing career, however, and recognition and remembrance are awakened.

    "There Will Never Be Another You", “Lulu's Back in Town", "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", "Lullaby of Broadway", “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “You'll Never Know,” “At Last,” “We’re in the Money,” “Jeepers, Creepers,” “The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” "Serenade in Blue", and “That’s Amore,” are just a handful of Warren’s enduring classics.

    A brilliant creator of songs for film and a three-time Academy Award recipient, Warren (1893 – 1981) collaborated with many of America's finest lyricists, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Adamson, Dorothy Fields, Ralph Blane, Leo Robin, Mack Gordon and Al Dubin.

    And anybody who was somebody in film musicals sang and danced to Warren songs on the silver screen -- Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Al Jolson, Judy Garland, Dick Powell, Carmen Miranda, Dean Martin, Lena Horne, James Cagney, Gene Kelly and Betty Grable, among many, many others.

    42nd Street, the musical based on his songs for the art-deco film extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley, had been a long-running Broadway hit, not once, but twice.

    Warren’s music has survived and adapted well to the rock & roll era, providing hits for artists as diverse as the Flamingos, Art Garfunkel, Bobby Darin, Chris Montez, Nancy Wilson, Cyndi Lauper and Dinah Washington. Michael Buble does a swingin' and soulful version of Warren's "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" on his most recent CD.

  8. Dixon Cannon

    Dixon Cannon My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Sonoran Desert Hideaway
    Actually the Oh Brother Where Art Thou? character was based on the legendary Tommy Johnson.


    There is a great interview with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page about their inspiration from Tommy Johnson. I'm sure "Slowhand" would concur completely though!

    -dixon cannon
  9. Nathan Dodge

    Nathan Dodge One Too Many

    Near Miami
    Right now, I'd have to go with Irving Berlin:

    Blue Skies
    Change Partners
    Cheek to Cheek
    Easter Parade
    Happy Holiday
    How Deep Is the Ocean?
    I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
    I've Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon and Night
    Isn't This a Lovely Day to Be Caught in the Rain
    Let Yourself Go
    Let's Face the Music and Dance
    Puttin' on the Ritz
    Russian Lullaby
    Steppin' Out with My Baby
    There's No Business Like Show Business
    Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails
    We Saw the Sea
    White Christmas
    You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
    You're Easy to Dance With

    They Say It's Wonderful is my favorite.

    The only thing about Berlin is that when he was good, he was great, but when he was bad, he was awful!
  10. thebadmamajama

    thebadmamajama Practically Family

    Good ol' Midwest
    It's a toughie between Gershwin and Cole Porter....I mean, Cole is just so CULTURED and CLEVER. It's magic and humor and reminiscence all in one. :eusa_clap
  11. Novella

    Novella Practically Family

    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd probably say Harry Warren, because I love the music from Busby Berkeley musicals. He just squeeks by as my favorite though, because I'm a big fan of Tin Pan Alley songwriters. I'm tempted to give the title to Harold Arlen, if only because It's Only a Paper Moon (the Cliff Edwards version) is one of my all time favorite songs. And then Hoagy Carmichael is so wonderful in the movie To Have and Have Not - Hong Kong Blues is so catchy, and I like his voice.

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