Hear the beat of tapping feet in the Warner Brothers picture, 42nd Street.
A typically overblown scene by Busby Berkeley for Gold Diggers of 1933
Al Dubin and Harry Warren
A rare photograph of Al Jolson at rest. Over his fifty-plus years he hardly stopped to catch his breath.
Al Jolson entertaining the troops
Al Jolson entertained the troops during World War II and the Korean War in many USO tours.
Alice Faye in the 1974 revival of Good News
And Then You Kissed Me (sheet music)
“And Then You Kissed Me” with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Styne.
Andy Razaf going on the air in Los Angeles.
Arthur Freed, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire
Arthur Freed, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire during the filming of Easter Parade.
Artie Shaw and his clarinet.
Artie Shaw with Betty Grable
Barbra Streisand and Jule Styne
Barbra Streisand and Jule Styne take a break from recording the original cast album of the Broadway hit Funny Girl.
Benny Goodman on the set of Hollywood Hotel
Probably the greatest clarinet player of all time, Benny Goodman getting ready for his closeup for the Warner Brothers film, Hollywood Hotel.
Benny Goodman Sextet on stage
Benny Goodman and his Sextet at the Basin Street Club, 51st Street and Broadway in New York City.
Bing Crosby in repose.
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
Bing Crosby and Marion Davies
Bing Crosby serenades Marion Davies in the 1933 film, Going Hollywood.
Bing Crosby at the drums
Der Bingle playing the drums. Or doing something with them.
Bing Crosby in golf mode
Bing Crosby and his favorite sport, golf. In fact, he died on the links when vacationing in Spain. What a way to go!
Bing Crosby jamming
Bing Crosby jams with members of the service and without his toupee.
Bing Crosby on radio
Bing Crosby dressed up in white tie and tails for the radio audience—who couldn’t actually see him, after all.
Bing Crosby on television
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Sammy Cahn
Crosby, Hope, and Cahn were great friends in Hollywood.
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dona Drake, and Dorothy Lamour on the Road to Morocco
Bing Crosby, Carol Lawrence, and Maurice Chevalier
A scene from Harold Arlen's biggest Broadway hit, Bloomer Girl.
Bob “Bazooka” Burns, Cass Daley, and Frank Sinatra
Bob “Bazooka” Burns, Cass Daley, and Frank Sinatra performing with the bazooka, ocarina, and slide whistle.
Bob Crosby and Johnny Mercer
Band leader and singer (and brother of Bing) Bob Crosby with a young Johnny Mercer.
Burt Bacharach, Tony Bennett, and Lena Horne
Cab Calloway conducting his swinging orchestra.
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
Cab Calloway and his orchestra broadcasting on CBS Radio.
Cab Calloway conducting his swinging orchestra
Carol Channing and Jule Styne
Star of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Carol Channing, with composer Jule Styne.
Cole Porter Performing at the Piano
Cole Porter at the place he loved best, in front of the piano.
Cole Porter with Dinah Shore
Songwriter Cole Porter with performer Dinah Shore.
Cole Porter’s, “Kiss Me Kate”
Alfred Dreake gives Patricia Morison reason to sing “I Hate Men” in Kiss Me, Kate.
Collector and Musician Vince Giordano (photo: Steve Friedman)
Collector J. Fred MacDonald (photo: Ulises “Billy” Serrano)
Collector Max Wilk and Michael Feinstein
Collector Max Wilk and Michael Feinstein, Westport, CT.
Collectors Roy Bishop and Harold Jacobs with Michael Feinstein
Collectors Roy Bishop and Harold Jacobs with Michael Feinstein, Valley Village, CA.
Composer Henry Mancini and Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer, who wrote the academy award winning song “Moon River” for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s at work together in the early 1960s. (photo appears courtesy of the Henry Mancini Estate)
E.Y. Harburg, Jack Haley, and Martha Raye
Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Jimmy Van Heusen, Doris Day, and Nat King Cole
Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun
The original cast album of Ethel Merman in the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center production of Annie Get Your Gun.
Ethel Merman performs in Matt Dubey and Harold Karr’s Happy Hunting
Ethel Waters in March of 1933 on NBC radio.
Ethel Waters and Tommy Dorsey around 1935
Ethel Waters finds religion
The last three decades of her life, Ethel Waters found religion.
Ethel Waters starred in DuBose Heyward’s play Mamba’s Daughters
Ethel Waters starred in DuBose Heyward’s play Mamba's Daughters. In it she sang the Jerome Kern song, “Lonesome Walls.”
Songwriter, performer, and pianist, Fats Waller.
The oversized personality and the enthusiastic melodies made Fats Waller one of the top performers.
Fats Waller and Andy Razaf and their orchestra
Fats Waller prepares to play the piano while Razaf mans the baton.
Fats Waller at the piano
Fats Waller and his handful of keys.
Frank Loesser could be a rough and tumble guy but a nice guy, too.
Frank Loesser and the troops look over the song “Rodger Young.”
Frank Loesser with Fran Warren
Frank Loesser with Marlene Dietrich and Fran Warren
Marlene Dietrich greets Frank Loesser and singer Fran Warren.
Frank Loesser with wife Lynn during rehearsals of The Most Happy Fella
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were married from 1951–1957. Sinatra left his wife, Nancy, for Ava Gardner. The marriage was controversial and his career suffered. Gardner was able to help Sinatra be cast in “From Here to Eternity” (1953). The role reenergized Sinatra’s acting and singing careers.
Frank Sinatra and Frank Brown at the piano
Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante in the 1947 film hit, It Happened in Brooklyn
Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole
Frank Sinatra in the 1950s
The hip and cool Sinatra of the 1950s recording for Capitol Records.
Frank Sinatra performs at New York’s Paramount Theater on Times Square
Sinatra’s big move came when he left Tommy Dorsey in 1942 (owing Dorsey thousands on his contract), and, from that point on, his career soared. He launched his solo career in a spectacular way, with a week of appearances with Benny Goodman’s orchestra at New York’s Paramount Theater on Times Square. We know now that some of the fans may have been paid to scream—but thousands of girls swooned for free during the weeklong engagement that anointed Sinatra the greatest popular singer of the day. His sense of humor, sex appeal, slight whiff of danger, and those mesmerizing blue eyes—not to mention the carefully chosen songs that resonated with his audience—made him an instant favorite of the bobby-soxers.
Frank Sinatra performs on Your Hit Parade
Frank Sinatra smoking
Sinatra had the good sense and taste to pick songs that suited him and that were perfect for the moment, and this carried him along brilliantly through the ’40s.
Frank Sinatra with daughter Nancy Sinatra
Frank Sinatra with his daughter Nancy and her famous boots
Fred Astaire recorded for several labels including RCA Victor, Columbia, MGM, and Verve.
George Gershwin and Irving Berlin
George Gershwin and Irving Berlin were good friends and contermporaries. Both George and Ira as well as Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Irving Caesar, Dorothy Fields, and Burton Lane were all close friends.
George Gershwin in Mexico
There are only two color photos of George Gershwin and this is one of them. Here he is with friends in Mexico.
George Gershwin on radio
George Gershwin appeared many times on radio, including his own show, Music by Gershwin. Here he is ready to broadcast on CBS.
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and Fred Astaire
George Gershwin’s rare performances on record
George Gershwin loved to play the piano and made many recordings and piano rolls. Here’s a compilatoin LP made many years after his death.
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Glenn Miller with the Army Air Force Band
Harold Arlen and Ella Fitzgerald
Harold Arlen and Tony Bennett
Harold Arlen on record
Harold Arlen sings on the 1955 Walden Records release, The Music of Harold Arlen. The recording was produced by Arlen’s longtime biographer and friend, Edward Jablonaski. The excellent arranger and conductor Peter Matz oversaw the proceedings. It’s now available on Harbinger Records
Harold Arlen, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone—three great singers
Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler and Ruth Etting
Ruth Etting was one of the leading torch singers of her time.
Harold Jacobs in His Sheet Music Closet (photo: Roy Bishop)
Harold Jacobs with Songwriter Doris Fisher at a Sheet Music Luncheon
Harold Jacobs, Roy Bishop, and Beverly Hamer. (photo: Sandy Marrone)
Harold Jacobs and Roy Bishop in their living room with music dealer Beverly Hamer. (photo: Sandy Marrone)
Harry Revel and Mack Gordon
Harry Warren, just beginning his career as the greatest songwriter in Hollywood history.
Jack Benny on violin accompanies Benny Goodman
James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Jerry Herman teaches Michael Feinstein one of his songs.
Broadway composer/lyricist Jerry Herman teaches Michael Feinstein one of his unpublished, unrecorded “trunk” songs.
Jimmy McHugh at the piano. Note the photographs pinned to the curtains behind him.
Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
Jimmy McHugh and Frank Sinatra
Jimmy McHugh with Dinah Shore and Dean Martin
Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Joe Franklin with Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein visits legendary television talk show host and collector Joe Franklin in Joe’s Times Square office, which is just one of many locations around New York City where Joe stores his memorabilia.
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in Babes on Broadway
Judy Garland in A Star Is Born
Judy Garland in the “Born in a Trunk” sequence in her triumphant success, A Star Is Born.
Judy Garland in concert
Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz
The Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, Dorothy Gale, and The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
Judy Garland photographed for the rotogravure section of the Sunday papers
Judy Garland sings “The Man That Got Away”
Judy Garland sings “The Man That Got Away” in A Star Is Born.
The great composer and sometime producer, Jule Styne.
Jule Styne and Judy Garland
Judy Garland and Jule Styne. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to write a song for her.
Jule Styne, Barbra Streisand, and Sidney Chaplin
Jule Styne plays the songs from the new musical Funny Girl for stars Barbra Streisand and Sidney Chaplin
Julie Andrews and Jon Cryer in Cinderella
Lee Gordon Presents Frank Sinatra in “The Big Show”
Lee Gordon Presents Frank Sinatra in “The Big Show” with Extra Added Attraction—Stan Freberg (a concert program).
Lena Horne in one of her many television appearances.
Lena Horne appearing on the Dean Martin Show
Lena Horne during the 1950s
Lena Horne on stage.
Lena Horne during the 1980s around the time of her one-woman show, The Lady and Her Music.
Lena Horne on television.
Lena Horne strikes a sultry pose during a television special.
Lena Horne stars in Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s Jamaica
Lena Horne’s beauty shot
Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger take a stroll
Leo Robin with Ralph Rainger at the piano
Lilo and Peter Cookson in “Can-Can”
Lilo and Peter Cookson in front of Jo Mielziner’s magnificent backdrop for “Can-Can.” The drop was so stupendous, Cole Porter was inspired to write “I Love Paris” after seeing it.
Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland.
Living proof of the maxim, “Like mother, like daughter.” Liza and her mama.
Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan
Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan appeared in the film Going Place, in the Broadway show, Swingin' the Dream, and in the last show of The Cotton Club.
Lyricist Ira Gershwin and Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein was hired by the Gershwin family to catalog the Gershwin Collection of Recordings in 1976.
Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
Everywhere is a good place to write music. Here's Mack Gordon (on piano) and Harry Revel (at piano) writing another hit tune.
Mack Gordon and Harry Revel and girls
Mack Gordon and Harry Revel (at top) surrounded by a bevy of beauties on the Fox lot.
Margaret Whiting and Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein visits with legendary singer Margaret Whiting in her Manhattan apartment, where he presented her with a recently recovered recording of one of the programs she made for World War II servicemen.
Marvin Hamlisch Plays Piano with Michael Fenstein
Marvin Hamlisch plays piano with Michael Fenstein at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Champagne-Urbana, IL.
Mary Martin and Lauri Peters in The Sound of Music.
Mary Martin learns that Lauri Peters is sixteen going on seventeen.
Maxine Sullivan in the 1940s.
Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson Perform
Michael Feinstein and Cheyenne Jackson perform (Feinstein’s at the Regency, NY, NY).
Michael Feinstein and Hugh Hefner
Michael Feinstein and Hugh Hefner check out Hef’s vintage Wurlitzer jukebox in the Playboy Mansion’s fabled “Game House.”
Michael Feinstein and Ira Gershwin
Michael Feinstein was employed by the Gershwin family to catalog the Gershwin Collection of Recordings in 1976.
Michael Feinstein and Jim Caruso
Michael Feinstein and Jim Caruso at Cast Party, as Michael Feinstein prepares to perform Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business” with previously undiscovered lyrics from Berlin.
Michael Feinstein and Karen Kennedy
Michael Feinstein meets with Karen Kennedy, singer Bob Kennedy’s (1922-2008) daughter, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ to view her collection.
Michael Feinstein and Peter Mintun (courtesy of Peter Mintun)
Michael Feinstein and Rosemary Clooney
Michael Feinstein and Rosemary Clooney performed about 200 concerts together.
Michael Feinstein and the U.S. Marine Corps Band Perform
Michael Feinstein and the U.S. Marine Corps Band perform “We Dreamed These Days,” an original song with music by Feinstein and words by Maya Angelou, composed in 2009 in honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Michael Feinstein at Work
Michael Feinstein in his recording studio.
Michael Feinstein Explores Earl Brown’s Collection
Michael Feinstein prepares to examine the belongings of composer and arranger Earl Brown, who left Feinstein all of his music when he died.
Michael Feinstein Rehearses “Come Fly with Me”
Michael Feinstein rehearses at Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, FL.
Michael Feinstein visits with entertainer Rose Marie
Michael Feinstein visits with entertainer Rose Marie, who literally opened in Las Vegas in 1947, at the first big casino/nightclub, The Flamingo.
Michael Feinstein with Collector Marty Halperin
Michael Feinstein with collector Marty Halperin (Woodland Hills, CA) listening to rare recordings of Margaret Whiting performing for an Armed Forces of the United Nations Recording.
Michael Feinstein with Composer Burton Lane
Michael Feinstein with Composer Harry Warren
Michael Feinstein with Composer Hugh Martin
Michael plays one of Liberace’s rhinestone encrusted pianos
Michael plays one of Liberace’s rhinestone encrusted pianos in the now-closed Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. Liberace used to travel with his own glazier who was responsible for re-gluing all the rhinestones on his pianos and cars that were damaged in transport.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in “Words and Music”
Mickey and Judy in the Rodgers and Hart biopic for MGM.
Miss Liberty (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin)
A salute to the most expensive statue in the world in Miss Liberty.
Mitch Miller, head of A&R for Columbia Records, with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Mood Indigo Sheet Music
Mood Indigo’s sheet music. The song was originally an instrumental by Ellington and bandmate Barney Bigard.
Musician and Collector Vince Giordano and Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein plays a duet with bandleader and collector Vince Giordano in Vince’s Brooklyn home, which houses Giordano’s collection of 33,000 dance band arrangements and a complete array of vintage musical instruments. Here, Michael plays a 1922 Steinway baby grand player piano, while Vince plays a string bass made of aluminum—the high-tech material of the 1920s.
My Kid’s a Crooner (sheet music courtesy: Peter Mintun)
Sheet music from Peter Mintun’s collection of more than 13,000 individual pieces. (courtesy: Peter Mintun)
Nanette Fabray and Robert Ryan in the White Elephant Musical, Mr. President
Nanette Fabray and Robert Ryan in the white elephant musical, Mr. President.
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole, jazz pianist and singer extraordinaire.
Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé
Mel Tormé and Nat King Cole rehearsing for a television special.
Nat King Cole Playing Piano
Veteran songwriters Jay Livingston and Ray Evans wrote a song titled “Prima Donna” and sent the music to Cole. He rejected the song, as had Frank Sinatra before him. The songwriters asked if they could come to his house and perform the song for him. He agreed out of respect for the writers’ reputation. They arrived to sing the song, now titled “Mona Lisa,” with a few changes in the music and lyrics. Cole asked, “What kind of a song is that?” However, when he heard the song played and sung, he changed his mind. Cole’s wife, Maria, asked, “Why are you doing an Italian song?” She couldn’t change her husband’s mind though she was convinced the song was all wrong for him. The song won the Academy Award and became the biggest selling song of Cole’s career.
Nat King Cole, “Ballads of the Day”
Nat King Cole’s recording, Ballads of the Day, had an original release date of 1956. The recording includes: “A Blossom Fell”; “Unbelievable”; “Blue Gardenia”; “Angel Eyes”; “It Happens To Be Me”; “Smile”; “Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup”; “Alone Too Long”; “My One Sin”; “Return to Paradise”; “If Love Is Good to Me”; “The Sand and the Sea." Orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle; by Billy May on “Angel Eyes."
New Yorker (magazine courtesy: Peter Mintun)
A vintage magazine cover from Peter Mintun’s collection of 2500 periodicals from the early 1900s. (courtesy: Peter Mintun)
Night Life (magazine courtesy: Peter Mintun)
A vintage magazine cover from Peter Mintun’s collection of 2500 periodicals from the early 1900s. (courtesy: Peter Mintun)
Paul Francis Webster
Paul Francis Webster, one of Tin Pan Alley’s top lyricists.
Paul Whiteman and George Gershwin music
Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra play the music of George Gershwin. Whiteman commissioned Gershwin to write a classical piece for the famous Aeolian Hall concert.
Paul Whiteman, “The King of Jazz”
Popular song purists tend to dismiss Paul Whiteman because he was dubbed “The King of Jazz.” Whether his was actually a jazz band is beside the point. Whiteman brought popular music into the jazz age as a transitional figure who understood how popular music needed to change.
Performer Margaret Whiting
When she started singing under her own name in 1946 her career really took off. Between that year and 1954 she recorded more than 40 hit songs for Capitol.
Performer Nat King Cole and Songwriter Harry Warren
Nat King Cole was one of many performers who sang Harry Warren compositions.
Performer, Musician, and Collector Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein exploring a collection.
Peter Mintun and Michael Feinstein
Musician, historian, and collector Peter Mintun and Michael Feinstein play piano on Peter’s Welte-Mignon grand.
Portrait of Songwriter, Mitchell Parish
Songwriter, Mitchell Parish first rejected the song “Stardust” but then relented and wrote the lyrics for the Hoagie Carmichael song in 1929.
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were the premier collaborators in the early years of the American musical theatre. In fact, they were the first team in which the lyricist received equal billing with the composer. Rodgers and Hart were the perfect songwriting team.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were Broadway’s most successful writing team.
One of America’s great songwriters and father of songstress, Margaret Whiting.
Richard Whiting, Janet Gaynor, and Henry Carat
Richard Whiting teaches “You’re My First Love” to Janet Gaynor and Henry Carat, stars of the Fox film, Adorable.
Rodgers and Hart
Rodgers wrote of their first meeting in Theatre Arts: “Neither of us mentioned it, but we evidently knew we’d work together, and I left Hart’s house having acquired in one afternoon a career, a partner, a best friend and a source of permanent irritation.”
Rodgers and Hart, “Makers of Melody”
A 1929 Vitaphone short, “Makers of Melody.”
Rosemary Clooney at the height of her fame in the 1950s.
Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer
Jose Ferrer plays piano for his then-wife, Rosemary Clooney.
Rosemary Clooney at the start of her career
Rosemary Clooney’s career began in the late ’40s and lasted until her death in 2002.
Rosemary Clooney in the 1980s
Rosemary Clooney during her triumphant comeback.
Rosemary Clooney on television
Rosemary Clooney on television in the 1960s.
Roy Bishop and a Portion of His Alice Faye Collection
Roy Bishop and Alice Faye at the Los Feliz Theater, Hollywood
Shaking the Blues Away (words and music by Irving Berlin, 1927)
“Shaking the Blues Away”, words and music by Irving Berlin (1927), introduced by Ruth Etting in the stage revue Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. The song was #4 in the charts in 1927 and revived by Ann Miller in Easter Parade (1948). The illustration was probably of Ruth Etting even though she is not mentioned. Eddie Cantor was the established star, so he is mentioned, even though it wasn’t his song.
Sheet music for “Bidin’ My Time”
Here's the sheet music for “Bidin’ My Time” when it was featured in the film, Rhapsody in Blue.
Sheet music for “Come Rain or Come Shine” from St. Louis Woman
Sheet music for “A Touch of Texas”
Jimmy McHugh supplied the music for Frank Loesser’s lyric.
Sheet music for “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive”
A hit song by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for Here Comes the Waves.
Sheet music for “Baby, It's Cold Outside”
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was a favorite party song of Frank Loesser and his wife, Lynn. Here they are on the cover of the sheet music. The song later became a big hit.
Sheet music for “Blues in the Night”
One of Mercer’s biggest hits, “Blues in the Night” was written with Harold Arlen.
Sheet music for “Everlasting”
Jule Styne’s first collaboration with Betty Comden and Adolph Green came with the musical revue, Two on the Aisle.
Sheet music for “Getting to Know You”
“Getting to Know You” was one of the gigantic hits from the stage musical, The King and I.
Sheet music for “I’ll String Along with You”
Another Harry Warren hit, written for My Dream Is Yours.
Sheet music for “In the Wee Small Hours”
“In the Wee Small Hours” sheet music. Propitiously, the 33 1/3 rpm record was just coming into vogue, replacing the 78 rpm disc. On 78s, the choice of songs and their order hadn’t been so important, as individual songs could be easily purchased and played. As the 10-inch 78 was replaced by the LP, Frank Sinatra and his producers were able to imbue these long playing records with concepts, carefully choosing the songs and their order. Once Sinatra was back on top, riding the popularity of such carefully crafted and enduring discs as “In the Wee Small Hours” and “Songs for Swinging Lovers,” Sinatra stayed there.
Sheet music for “Night and Day”
Fred Astaire on “Night and Day”.
It had a long range, very low and kind of very high, and it was long, as they all said, and I was trying to figure out what kind of dance could be arranged for it. I asked him to play it again and again, and after four or five times I began to get with it…It was a known fact that it made the show. “Gay Divorce” had an awfully rough trip when it first opened on the road and later in New York. It was known after it caught on as “The Night and Day Show”.
Sheet music for “Serenade in Blue”
Glenn Miller blowing his horn in the 20th Century Fox film Orchestra Wives.
Sheet music for “The Man That Got Away”
Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin’s brilliant song, “The Man That Got Away”, from A Star Is Born.
Sheet music for “Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go with Friday on Saturday Night?”
One of Al Jolson’s first stage successes.
Sheet music for Bloomer Girl
Sheet music for Arlen and Harburg’s Bloomer Girl. Evelina was one of the fine ballads in the score.
Sheet music for one of Harry Woods's biggest hits, “Side By Side.”
Sheet music for the 1936 MGM film, Born to Dance
Sophie Tucker in one of her beautiful gowns. (Just kidding).
Sophie Tucker fashion plate.
The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, Sophie Tucker.
Sophie Tucker in the 1920s.
Sophie Tucker looking thoughtful in the 1920s.
St. Louis Woman
Another failure for Arlen, this time with lyricist Johnny Mercer. Ruby Elzy and Harold Nicholas in St. Louis Woman. The score contains “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home.” The book was the biggest problem.
Susan Johnson in No, No, Nanette.
Susan Watson and the lifeguards in the Broadway revival of No, No, Nanette.
Swanee Sheet Music.
And early piece of sheet music for Swanee by George Gershwin and Irving Caesar. It premiered at the Captiol Theatre in New York as part of the presentation show, Demi-Tasse.
Sweet and demure Judy Garland.
Judy’s not a little girl anymore in this portrait.
The Benny Goodman Quartet.
The famed Benny Goodman Quartet with Teddy Wilson on piano.
The Boys from Syracuse by Rodgers and Hart
Mary Westcott and Larry’s brother, Teddy in The Boys from Syracuse.
The charming Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney was a favorite of fans and friends.
The dapper Mr. Ellington
Here’s Duke Ellington puttin‘ on the Ritz.
The five faces of Bing Crosby
Here’s the Bing Crosby quintet.
The Flower Drum Song original cast recording.
The Columbia Records orignal cast recording of The Flower Drum Song was a big seller for Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The Girl From Utah (sheet music courtesy: Peter Mintun)
Sheet music from Peter Mintun’s collection of more than 13,000 individual pieces. (courtesy: Peter Mintun)
The jazzy Lena Horne.
Lena Horne’s jazzy side.
The King of Jazz
Way back in the distance is Whiteman, leading the orchestra in the 1930 film musical, The King of Jazz.” They don’t make musicals like that anymore.
The Lady’s in Love with You (Maxine Sullivan Sings the Music of Burton Lane)
The Harbinger Records was at the forefront of Maxine Sullivan’s revival. This is one of the three recordings she made for the label.
The Paul Whiteman Orchestra
The Paul Whiteman Orchestra, augmented for the historic 1924 Aeolian Hall concert in which George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered.
The Sinatra Project
Michael Feinstein performs songs from his “Sinatra Project” CD in London, with a seventeen-piece big band conducted by arranger Bill Elliott.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on stage
Tommy Dorsey on stage at the Astor Hotel on Times Square on July 15, 1950.
Tommy Dorsey, one of the great trombonists of all time.
Tommy Dorsey in the recording studio
Tommy Dorsey and his trombone reading the charts while recording for RCA.