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Crooning

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...‘Crooning’ denotes a relaxed style of singing associated with the development of the microphone in the 1920s and 1930s, initially used for radio broadcasts and subsequently for amplified singing in public concerts. The word ‘crooning...

—ARC (US)

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...ARC (American Record Company) was formed in August 1929 as the result of a merger between several companies specializing in cheap labels (labels such as Cameo, Oriole and Perfect) and a pressing plant. The following year, as record...

—Decca (US)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...While Decca, led by its stockbroker/founder Edward Lewis, had been a successful recording company in England since 1929, it was only in 1934 that the US branch of the company opened its doors, when Lewis brought the services of Jack Kapp...

The Crooner Film Star: Bing Crosby

Julie Lobalzo Wright

Julie Lobalzo Wright is a Teaching Fellow in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She has published several articles and book chapters on film stardom and popular music and film. She is the co-editor, along with Lucy Bolton, of the BAFTSS winning Best Edited Collection, Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Crossover Stardom : Popular Male Music Stars in American Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Introduction It is almost impossible to sum up the contribution Bing Crosby made to American popular culture in his seventy-four years on Earth. It has been said that in the 1940s “his voice was being heard somewhere in the world every...

—Brunswick Records (US)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...The Brunswick label was founded in 1916 by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, manufacturers of player pianos and billiard balls. Shortly after its inception, the label began issuing vertical-cut discs in Canada, as opposed...

Prosodic Tunes

Robert Toft

Robert Toft holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from King’s College, University of London and has taught at universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Canada. He took the lead role in developing the Popular Music Studies program at The University of Western Ontario, where he is currently Professor of Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hits and Misses : Crafting Top 40 Singles, 1963–1971

Continuum, 2011

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...The final shaping of melodic lines has always been the prerogative of performers, and in the Top 40 world of the 1960s, singers tended to deliver words in a natural manner that molded melodies to the patterns of speech. In fact, the old bel...

Bing Crosby

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...As one of the most successful entertainers in American history, Bing Crosby shaped the way in which music and film were both produced and discussed. Raised in Washington State, the fourth of seven children, Crosby became infatuated...

—Reprise Records (US)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...Reprise Records was founded in 1961 by Frank Sinatra and managed by the influential executive Mo Ostin. Its initial roster abounded with the era’s mainstream artists, among them Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin. It was not a financially...