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

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘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...

Perry Como

Artist Pages

...With an overt sense of authenticity and a focus on good taste, Perry Como achieved massive success as a singer and media personality. Born in Pennsylvania in 1912 into a family of recent Italian immigrants, Como would learn to play his...

Easy Listening

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Easy listening’ refers to a range of accessible, highly polished music that celebrates professionalism and populism. First heard as background music on North American radio in the 1940s, it evolved into a genre for marketing LP albums...