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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen

| February 15, 2015 | 4 Comments

The story of Harold Arlen, the great American songwriter who gave the world such classics at “That Old Black Magic,” “One For My Baby,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and his crowning masterpiece “Over the Rainbow.”

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Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

| January 14, 2015 | 18 Comments

Behind the legendary songwriting duo of such classics as “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Love Hurts” and “Rocky Top.”

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Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

| January 13, 2015 | 4 Comments

He was America’s first professional songwriter. He was also the first songwriter to be unfairly exploited by music publishers. Although his songs never generated the fortune Stephen Foster deserved during his brief life span, many of them, such as “Oh! Susanna,” “Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair” and “Old Folks at Home,” […]

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Harlan Howard

Harlan Howard

| September 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

A tribute to the legendary Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind such hits as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Busted,” “Tiger by the Tail,” and hundreds more.

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The Sherman Brothers

The Sherman Brothers

| August 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

Richard and Robert Sherman tell the stories behind working with Walt Disney and writing the classic songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and more.

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Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

In 2004 the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Henry Mancini, portraying the late composer with baton in hand, in front of a movie screen. There’s a partial list of the films he scored: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Days of Wine and Roses, Charade, Peter Gunn, The Pink Panther, Two for the Road, Touch of […]

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Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

| March 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

On what would have been Nat King Cole’s 95th birthday, Performing Songwriter honors the man with one of the most influential pianists and memorable voices in American music.

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Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer

| November 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

A Few Songs by Johnny Mercer Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Autumn Leaves, Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me), Come Rain Or Come Shine, Days Of Wine and Roses, Emily, Fools Rush In, Hooray For Hollywood, I Wanna Be Around, Jeepers Creepers, Laura, Moon River, My Shining Hour , One For My Baby (And One […]

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Hal David

Hal David

| May 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love/It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” Those words from the 1960s standard “What the World Needs Now Is Love” came from the pen and imagination of lyricist Hal David. If that had been the only song he’d ever written, his place in contemporary […]

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Donovan

Donovan

| May 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

Donovan talks about his experiences with the Beatles on their famous retreat to India in 1968, and shares the story behind his hit “Sunshine Superman.”

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