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The Big Town Songbook

The New York Daily News has a great music feature called the Big Town Songbook which "Celebrates New York's Musical Heritage". They have an archive on their web site of all the articles. The pieces are short but they cover an incredibly wide range of musical topics. I guarantee that as much as you think you know about music, you will learn something from this fine series of articles. They cover everything from depression era songs to the New York Dolls. Here is an index of each story in the series that will link straight to it's location on the Daily News web site. Make sure you pick up a copy of the Daily News the next time you are in New York, it's a great paper.

 

 

Not selling out Pop goes Blondie, 1979

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Victory ensemble Roarin' Columbia, 1934

By MIKE SANTANGELO

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Something to join: The Junkie Choir

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Play it again: Herman Hupfeld's greatest hit

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Toy, joy, oi: worst baseball song ever written

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Root root root: The great baseball song

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Suavecito

By BRIAN KATES

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Mark Hellinger's Broadway, 1926

By MARK HELLINGER

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Hard knocks: The Richard Craze, 1947

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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Light up the sky

By JAY MAEDER

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Unexplored territory: Whiteman on Gershwin

By BEN GROSS

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Turning into history: the birth of network radio, 1926

Ben Gross

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Maybe if it had some lyrics: A Century of Star Dust

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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State of mind

By MARA BOVSUN

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The right kind of war songs: Loesser and Rodger  1945

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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beyond the copyright laws: Buchanan and Goodman

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The word guy: George's Brother Ira

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Pre-fab: Peter, Paul and Mary

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Point man: Max Fleischer and the bouncing ball

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Doomed girl brings glow to city

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Man out of time

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The running meter Harry Chapin in the mirror

By PATRICK FENTON

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Undead Political question at the Garden, 1943

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Not really about music: Kiss

BY MARA BOVSUN

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Long player: Inventing urban contemporary, 1975

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Statistically small change

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Not the national anthem: Nah Nah The Goodbye Song

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Into the red: The official arrival of rock 'n' roll, 1955

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Rewrite at Holiday Inn: Irving Berlin's Easter Song

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Sweets for the sweet: The Archies

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Next theatrical trend: Hair

BY MARA BOVSUN

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Waiting to sing: The Legacy of Doris Troy  

By DAVID HINCKLEY 

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Slogging through hell: Depressive sorbidity, 1932  

ByFERGUS

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Wonderful world: Blowing over Pops, 1971  

By JAY MAEDER

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Latent power Marian Anderson at Town Hall   

By

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Some Time in New York City: John Lennon's Town   

No byline 

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Masculine charms The Village People   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Teen spirit Frankie Lymon's Good Times    

By DAVID HINCKLEY  

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True red Shostakovich trapped in New York, 1949   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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The way you're supposed to be The New York Dolls  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Jack Benny at Carnegie Hall, 1959   

BY ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Bye bye blackbird Burying Florence Mills, 1927   

By JAY MAEDER

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Reindeer games Rudolph for Christmas   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Tony Bennett wins the argument, 1986   

By DAVID HINCKLEY 

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Wide open Getting a little tenderloin   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Adam Sandler writes something for Jewish kiddies

By DAVID HINCKLEY      

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Over there again War returns to Tin Pan Alley, 1941  

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG 

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War Comes to Carnegie Hall, Dec. 1941   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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The history of rap in the city, Part four of six   

BY DAVID HINCKLEY

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The history of rap in the city, Part three of six   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The history of rap in the city, Part two of six  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The history of rap in the city  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Man out of time John Kirby   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Emergence of new urges, summer 1956  

By JAY MAEDER 

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Getting together in a moment's sunlight, 1969   

By DAVID HINCKLEY  

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Leadbelly takes Manhattan, 1935  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Dean and Jerry and the Copa Crowd, 1948   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Love Boat Merry on the Ferry, 1939  

By MIKE SANTANGELO  

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Alice and Arlo and Thanksgiving at Carnegie Hall   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Back in town The transformation of MacHeath   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Change in plans Roxy's wondrous musical hall   

By JAY MAEDER

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Faint lavender The Jolson story   

By JAY MAEDER  

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Not 100% Billy Joel salutes America, 2002  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Something about his voice The lost balladeer  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Knock on wood Jacksons at the Apollo, 1967   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Top of the world The Apollo   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Massuh watches the fun and misses the point

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Mobile radio   

By DAVID HINCKLEY  

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Social extermination Being seen at the opera, 1883   

By KAREN CHAPMAN 

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Mother's Day Cissy Houston up top   

BY DAVID HINCKLEY  

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Hole in the wall The crummiest shrine in the world    

 By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Firestorm Incident at the Stork Club, 1951    

By DAVID HINCKLEY 

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Jimmy Walker goes into the record business, 1945   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG  

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No Jolt Fried Neil    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Wonderbar Thirty dollar Yiddish song    

By PATRICK FENTON 

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The gift Concert in the park, 1983   

By JAY MAEDER  

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Yes, I can do it' Roberta Peters Zings, 1950   

By BRIAN KATES

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The old song and dance Al and Ruby    

By DAVID HINCKLEY 

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The honker King Curtis    

By DAVID HINCKLEY 

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Deadly aim Sinatra at the Paramount, 1944   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Hit by lightning Incident at CCNY, 1991    

By JAY MAEDER

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No white gloves The Shangri-Las

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Dorothy Dandridge plays the Waldorf, 1955   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Swamp of opportunity Songwriters at the fair  

BY ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Happy hour At ground level with Lovin' Dan    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Hot little number Rosalind Elias gets a tattoo, 1961

By BRIAN KATES

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Living in America Black 47    

By PATRICK FENTON

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Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall, 1938   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Overnight sensation: "Make Mine Manhattan," 1948   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Marketing target, Teens and their zines    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Eclipsing the waltz Polite society discovers polka, 1844 

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Good fellowship Radio City hails Leningrad, 1942    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Career move, The Sugar Ray Robinson Show    

By BILL GALLO

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Near future: Jimi'S lady, 1970    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Cracking the code Billy Strayhorn    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Frantic, Harry the Hipster    

By CHRIS ERIKSON

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American soundtrack Tin Pan Alley goes to war, 1917 

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Flo and Anna and the 1907 Follies   

BY JAY MAEDER

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Tweet dreams (Part 2 of 2) Whistlers of the city  

BY MARA BOVSUN

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Tweet dreams    

By MARA BOVSUN

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Cautionary Tale Springsteen and Diallo    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Andrew Carnegie and the Philharmonic   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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When beer was beer and jingles were jingles   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Mitch Miller and the public taste    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The Yellow Rose of New York   

No byline

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Hucklebuckin' all night long   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Potential of Blues Black Swan   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Silenced drum Chano Pozo's last brawl    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Night flock The Rev. Gensel's Jazz Ministry   

By BRIAN KATES

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Anesthetizing the masses A Little Elevator Music   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Stephen Foster, Charity Patient  

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Absence of clack The Philharmonic and the Riffraff    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Swell tunes an' everything: Ragtime Jimmy    

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Skitch Henderson's New York Pops    

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Curtis Mayfield at Wingate Field, 1990   

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George Gershwin goes to Hollywood   

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America's No. 1 recording artist, 1900-1920   

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Leonard Bernstein Conducting, November 1943   

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Roar of the crowd Victor Herbert's Neighbors, 1912   

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Play it again: Herman Hupfeld's Greatest Hits   

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Unchained melodies A Little Sedition Music, 1734   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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No blackout on music Philharmonic at war   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Looking at hell No Nukes, 1979   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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True Confessions Irving Berlin and the Shiksa, 1926   

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Headliner Sam Cooke at the Copa, 1964   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Boys and Girls Together Down at Coney Isle   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Hearts full as glasses Federal Song and Drink, 1788   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The Classicist and the Bobby Soxers, 1944   

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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The Mayor of Central Park, 1933   

By JAY MAEDER

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Ruthless ambition The House That Nanette Built

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Hot wax trax The Billboard charts   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Howard Cosell Recaptures the Magic, 1975   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Anger and love Sing Out! and the folk argument  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Happy in her work Florence Foster Jenkins   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Palisades Park, 1930s -1970s Part Two of Two     

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Palisades Park, 1890s-1930s Part One of Two  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Part of the land 'Skyscraper,' 1965   

By MARA BOVSUN

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A good concert room Building Philharmonic Hall, 1846 

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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The Ballad of Washington Square, Spring 1961   

By JAY MAEDER

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Heartbreak songs The chanteuse that time forgot  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Self-portrait Bob Dylan invites himself   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Divinity Bette of the baths  

By SHANTI GOLD

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Bongs bursting in air The NBC Chimes   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Bundled with plot Carnegie Hall: The Movie  

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Old violins Alberta Hunter   

By JERE HESTER

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On the mall Edwin Franko Goldman   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Truth in packaging Joe Franklin   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Laughing out loud Happiness and George W. Johnson   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The hotel with the hyphenated name   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Same old stand Pennsylvania 6-5000     

By MIKE SANTANGELO

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Proper young ladies   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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The voices within Tiny Tim   

By JAY MAEDER

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Tidal wave Alan Freed and the Suburban Living Room 

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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banjo tunes The Virginia Minstrels - Part 2 of 2   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Daddy Rice and the original Jim Crow   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Gilbert and Sullivan in New York, 1879   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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The kid on the couch Phil Spector's New York   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Writing records Leiber and Stoller   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Ungodly Directions 100 Years of Fats Waller   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Everything can change New York minute, 9-11-01   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Wheels that hum The Magic Train of Dreams, 1961   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE

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How good can it get The Rascals   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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No sideways Living large at the opera   

By BRIAN KATES

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Peace and unity The American-Soviet Music Society  

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Play-a de music When organ grinders ground  

By MARA BOVSUN

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Only game in town Rosalie Allen country  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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A tale of two lost cellos  

By BRIAN KATES

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Turnover Switching Drifters, 1958  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Not ready for prime time Elvis Comes to Town, 1955  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Big talk The Day the Music Died, 1982  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Bump 'em right back Subway sonata, 1912  

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Looking for an echo The Crests  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

----------------------------------------------------Clay Cole's clean teens, 1960 

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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When New York wasn't ready for opera, 1833  

By BRIAN KATES

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The Philharmonic's Lincoln Concert, 1865    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Hit parade The Jackie Robinson Song, 1949  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Reminder of excellence Fiorello's Pet Project    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Battlefront Witchcraft at the Opera, 1994  

By BRIAN KATES

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Brothers Simon and Garfunkel and Goodman  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Being a Belmont The Guys Behind Dion  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Fatal pages Death at the Met, 1960   

By BRIAN KATES

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Brooklyn Kid The Alan Dale Story  

By PATRICK FENTON

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To get to the other side Jingling for jaywalkers   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Devil's own night A hick on the Bowery   

By MIKE SANTANGELO

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Must know somethin' Not an ordinary musical, 1927

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Something to join The Junkie Choir  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Proles on Broadway Orson Welles vs. Uncle Sam, 1937 

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Somewhere in the night Billy May's New York   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Celebrated delineator Bert Williams in blackface   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Miracle of the canaries Toscanini    

By JAY MAEDER

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Stopping the white wash Rahsaan Roland Kirk on TV 

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Too hip for the room Johnny Staccato    

By JAY MAEDER

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Resurrection Easter Parade   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Mysterious music lover Moondog    

By BRIAN KATES

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Moth to flame New Kid at the Bon Soir    

By PATRICK FENTON

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Concrete jungle Petulant moments in New York song  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Dynamite James Brown Live at the Apollo, 1962      

By TIM ADAMS

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Adam Clayton Powell on the Record, 1967    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Spirit of the music Dueling Klezmers   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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WQXR and how it got that way  

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Voyage to Neverland Frohman at Sea, 1915

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Big New York jock thing Murray the K    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Begging for more Jackie Wilson leaves 'em panting    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Eagle from crag Durable Sousa   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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New York Knick Peter Stuyvesant on Broadway, 1938    

By MARA BOVSUN

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Union label The ILGWU theme song    

By MIKE SANTANGELO

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Sunday melodies The W.E. Hill Report, 1941   

No byline

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Broader principles ASCAP Part 1 of 2    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Dancing after retirement Cohan Plays Roosevelt, 1937 

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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The Philharmonic at the Roxy, 1950    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Coffee break Irving Berlin at the Automat, 1932 

By MARA BOVSUN

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Future of radio Martin Block makes believe   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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When the ship comes in Downtown Man, Uptown Girl    

By SHANTI GOLD

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Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Holly in New York, 1958    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Off the record James Caesar Petrillo   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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No bad habits Eubie Blake's century   

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE 

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Marilyn serenades JFK, and JFK listens politely, 1962

By STEPHEN McFARLAND

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Gift from heaven Jenny Lind, 1850    

By MARA BOVSUN

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Spaghetti death The Fugs    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Real sob ballad The Ink Spots find their song, 1939   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Golden days past Guy Lombardo rings in the new    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Wild Side Twisting at the Pep, 1961    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Salable pop The Weavers and the blacklist   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Spike Jones giffs Hitler der old birdaphone, 1942   

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Harry Richman's Birdman Holiday, 1936   

By JAY MAEDER

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Too much for Fun City The Topless Cellist, 1967  

By MARA BOVSUN

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Quite a hit Alexander's Mildly Similar Band, 1911      

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Fracas at the Philharmonic, 1936    

By ELLIOT ROSENBERG

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Some kind of formation The Esquire jazz shoot, 1958    

By DAVID HINCKLEY

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Freaks from Iowa: Cherry Sisters on Broadway, 1896   

By MARA BOVSUN

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Alabaster bosoms Broadway's first musical, 1866    

By FERGUS GWYNPLAINE MacINTYRE

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Irving Berlin and Kate Smith bless America, 1938  

BY JAY MAEDER

 

 
 

 

 

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