Bing and Billie and Frank and Ella and Judy and Barbra
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Introduction: The Democracy of American Music
Bing: Out of Nowhere
Bing: Just One More Chance
Billie’s Blues
Frank in Hoboken
Ella: You’re Going to Hear From Me
Baby Gumm
Diana’s Dream
Bing at the Top
Billie and Ella
The Hoboken Four
Judy Swings
Sweet Leilani and Mexicali Rose
Billie Swings Her Way and Ella Finds a Hit
Band Canary Frank
Judy and Mickey and the Rainbow
Bing: Minstrelsy and Father O’Malley
Billie and Ella Travel Light
Frank: The Voice
Judy: The Girl Next Door
Barbara and the Mirror
Bing: Homecoming and Feet of Clay
Billie: Lover Man
Ella Bebop
Judy and Frank at MGM
Bing and Dixie
Billie’s Clef Blues
Frank’s Fall and Rise
Judy on the Comeback Trail
Frank and Ella Make Album History
Lady in Satin and Billie at the Met
Judy and Barbra
Ella and Frank
Judy: After You’ve Gone
Barbra at the Top
Frank and Ella at the Crossroads
Bing in Winter
Movie Star Barbra and Frank and Ella on the Road
Coda: Barbra in the 21st Century
Index
 

About the Author

Dan Callahan is the author of Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman, Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave, The Art of American Screen Acting, and The Camera Lies: Acting for Hitchcock, as well as the novel That Was Something. Callahan studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU and has been the arts editor of Show Business Weekly, book review editor at Culturedose.com, and associate editor at Siman Media Works. He has written film and theater reviews for Time Out New York, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Nylon, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews

"Dan Callahan casts a wide net over the eternal seas of twentieth-century music--the songs and the singers who keep us forever young, like themselves, lost in the awesome wonder of why we're here. The voices of these six great vocalists are alive in all their glory in the pages of this very compelling book." --David Kaufman, author of Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin and Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door

"In an erudite study that reads like a page-turning novel, Dan Callahan deftly weaves together the stories of six great singers to create a rapturous meditation on the intimate effects of the human voice, the complexities of the drive to perform, and the endless riches of American popular song. He writes with a passion that heightens and sharpens his sensitivity to these voices and lives. The whole book sings." --Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City and Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy

"The intertwined lives and careers of these singers give us a sweeping and evocative view of the musical and cultural world of the last century. Few artists define that time better than these six, whose musical leaps and disappointments; romances and marriages; passion, productivity, and poignance tell a story of America's heart. I couldn't stop reading Callahan's masterful work; it transported me right into that magical era." --Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation

"The American songbook is a glorious assemblage of styles, traditions, and inventions. Its legendary stars have always crossed and cross-wired predictable boundaries, not just of music but of class, race, and temperament. Call the roll of the greats: Bing, Billie, Frank, Ella, Judy, and Barbra. Open this vibrant portrait gallery of a book and immerse yourself in the particulars of their lives and art. Dan Callahan is an astute critic and an engrossing storyteller." --Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland and Constructing a Nervous System

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