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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...

September of My Years: Age and Experience in the Work of Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen

Richard Elliott

Richard Elliott is Lecturer in Popular Music at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of Fado and the Place of Longing (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Late Voice : Time, Age and Experience in Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...When Frank sang [‘Ebb Tide’] I could hear everything in his voice – death, God and the universe, everything.I ache in the places where I used to play.In 1987, the poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen gave an interview to the NME to mark...

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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 IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 8.600,000 (2002) Located inside the well-populated northeast metropolitan corridor, to the south and west of New York City and the east of Pennsylvania, New Jersey refers to itself as the ‘Garden State...

—Capitol Records (US)

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

Continuum, 2003

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...The founders of Capitol Records in Los Angeles in 1942 were notable participants in the popular music business: songwriter/performer Johnny Mercer, Paramount Pictures executive (and member of the noted songwriting team De Sylva, Brown...

—Reprise Records (US)

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

Continuum, 2003

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...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...

Bossa Nova

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bossa nova developed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the second half of the 1950s and was transformed into a musical movement that modernized Brazilian popular music. Thus, it acquired great historical importance and is seen by many...

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...