American Songbook

A golden age of musical theatre

Between the 1920s and 1950s America was the most influential musical force in the world. There was the birth of new musical genres such as jazz and swing, and it was when musical theatre really took off. In this period some of the greatest musicians of all time were singing and dancing their way through Broadway and Hollywood musicals, entertaining huge audiences and influencing generations with their sheer talent. Our American Songbook collection celebrates this hugely important era with a dazzling collection of enduring vintage music featuring all of the big name performers such as Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Cole Porter and the music of Irving Berlin. Our curators have also selected some lesser known, but equally talented performers, just waiting to be discovered.  All contributed to this period of highly original and unmistakably American entertainment. “Thank you so much! Irving Berlin is the Michelangelo of the great American Song Book, and of America’s Dream and Promise.” P Hamilton

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Between the 1920s and 1950s America was the most influential musical force in the world. There was the birth of new musical genres such as jazz and swing, and it was when musical theatre really took off. In this period some of the greatest musicians of all time were singing and dancing their way through Broadway and Hollywood musicals, entertaining huge audiences and influencing generations with their sheer talent. Our American Songbook collection celebrates this hugely important era with a dazzling collection of enduring vintage music featuring all of the big name performers such as Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Cole Porter and the music of Irving Berlin. Our curators have also selected some lesser known, but equally talented performers, just waiting to be discovered.  All contributed to this period of highly original and unmistakably American entertainment. “Thank you so much! Irving Berlin is the Michelangelo of the great American Song Book, and of America’s Dream and Promise.” P Hamilton
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