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Edith Piaf

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...With her songs “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960) and “La vie en rose” (1946), Édith Piaf is a French cultural icon and considered to be France’s most popular singer. There are many biographies on Piaf, but much of her life remains unknown...
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...Despite a relatively short career, the singing style of Billie Holiday revolutionized jazz vocal performance. Born in 1915 in Philadelphia, Holiday was mostly raised by the mother-in-law of her mother’s half-sister until the age of ten...

Torch Song

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Torch songs, in the most general sense, are slow and sentimental love-songs, the lyrics of which are concerned with unrequited, failed or somehow emotionally unprofitable love. The origins of the term are not entirely clear...

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...

Easy Listening

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...‘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...