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...The “First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia to unwed parents. Her mother moved the family to Yonkers, New York as part of the Great Migration of African Americans. Fitzgerald entered school at age six...

New York City, NY: Tin Pan Alley

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...The term ‘Tin Pan Alley’ is said to have been coined around 1903 by Monroe Rosenfeld, a full-time newspaperman and sometime songwriter, after he visited the publishing house of songwriter Harry Von Tilzer, whose office...

Ballad (North American)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Emergence From the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, common usage suggests the American popular ballad can be defined as a slow or slow-ish song with romantic lyric content, emotional in manner, intimate in feeling...

Calypso

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The calypso is a song-dance complex which evolved in urban Trinidad in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. It is the product of the continual cross-fertilizations of several kindred West African musics and neo-African hybrids...