CD-R Release Date: June 24, 2014
(This CD-R is professionally duplicated in the same plant where we have many of our CD titles manufactured. It has an applied disc label – like any CD.)
David Jenness and Donald Velsey wrote a wonderfully informative and opinionated book analyzing popular songs written in the era after the famous Alec Wilder critical survey. David then recorded cassettes of the songs he liked for his friends, we have chosen 21 of these rare and wonderful selections just for you! (The CD-R is fascinating listening on its own or would certainly make a wonderful companion piece to the book! And how’s this for a gift idea? Give the book AND the CD-R to that someone special who loves popular song and the American Songbook just as much as you do! They won’t know what hit them!)
1. Have Feet Will Dance (Burton Lane/Dorothy Fields from Junior Miss – TV musical)
2. Ages Ago (Vernon Duke from a play – Time Remembered)
3. When I See You/I Must Be Dreaming (Two Stephen Sondheim college songs – supposed to have never before been recorded.)
4. Gus The Gopher (Sheldon Harnick – revue song written before Jerry Bock)
5. Tiny Room (Hugh Martin – cut from Look Ma, I’m Dancing!)
6. The Seagull and The Eagle (John LaTouche and Ogden Nash)
7. Far Away Part Of Town (Andre Previn and Dory Previn from an obscure film of the same name (according to the author) or alternatively thought to be from the movie “Pepe” – the song was recorded by Judy Garland and played as background music during a scene.)
8. All I Need Is The Girl/All I Need Is The Boy (…from Gypsy. Sondheim was asked by several women to write a female version, so both are presented here.)
9. Why Do You Make Me Like This? (Harold Arlen/Martin Charnin – first recording of a song from unproduced show “Softly.”)
10. I Still See The World Through Your Eyes (John Wallowich cabaret song.)
11. Rock Me To Sleep (Benny Carter jazz song.)
12. Killing Time (Jule Styne/Carolyn Leigh – pop song written by team that never otherwise collaborated.)
13. I Go For That (Frank Loesser – film song.)
14. That’s All There Is (Gordon Jenkins – written for Judy Garland LP ‘The Letter.’)
15. You Wonderful You (Harry Warren – for MGM Musical “Summer Stock.”)
16. S’gonna Be A Cold, Cold Day (Alec Wilder – pop song.)
17. Beyond Compare (Marhsall Barer/David Ross)
18. Come What May (Marshall Barer/Gordon Connell)
19. Something Known (Marshall Barer/David Ross)
20. Monday Morning Blues (Marc Blitzstein from a 1950s unrecorded theatre piece.)
21. Stay In My Arms (Marc Blitzstein – written in 1934 about his wife who died at an early age.)
David Jenness and Donald Velsey are the authors of “Classic American Popular Song – The Second Half Century: 1950 – 2000” – this book is well-worth picking up! Now OOP, it can be readily found online.
Reviews for the book:
An excellent and much-needed contribution to the literature of American popular song.
–Phil Furia, University of North Carolina, author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley.
In this unofficial but equally pioneering companion volume to Alec Wilder’s 1972 survey, American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, Jenness and Velsey grasp how difficult it is to define a popular song, a task that takes up the first two chapters of their book. But once they set their semantic questions aside, these musical historians reveal themselves to be critics of estimable clarity and candor, wit and heart.
–Dave Itzkoff and Laura Sinagra, New York Times, June 4, 2006
About the Authors:
David Jenness has performed as a pianist and singer, has been a music critic, and was president of the Kodaly Institute. As an historian of education, he is the author of Making Sense of Social Studies, among other works. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Donald Velsey is an architect by profession, and an amateur music historian. Beginning as a student at Yale and continuing thereafter, he has collected over 4000 American popular songs, many of them unpublished. He lives in Washington, DC.