Love Me Tender: The Stories Behind the World's Favourite Songs

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jun 29, 2010 - Large type books - 324 pages
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Some of the world's best-loved songs have had remarkable origins. Had Robert Burns not heard an old man sing a quavering version of an ancient Scottish country song, we would never have had 'Auld Lang Syne'. Miss Jane Ross wrote down the tune she heard played by a piper at an Irish village fair in 1855. Had she not done so, the rest of the world would not have heard 'Danny Boy'. Marie Antoinette heard a peasant nurse sing an obscure lullaby to her princely son. The empress's unexpected promotion of the song resulted in its now being listed by The Guinness Book of Records as one of the three most familiar songs in the world. Love Me Tender tells the remarkable stories behind 40 popular and traditional songs. Some evolved from folksongs, some are from musical theatre, while others hit the mark because a particular recording appeared at just the right time. In some cases, one word made all the difference: Paul McCartney composed a tune but could only think of the words 'scrambled eggs' to fit it, but fortunately he later came up with the perfect solution - 'Yesterday'. In a book full of surprises and curiosities, Max Cryer reveals stories from all around the world, and from artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Cole Porter. This truly fascinating book makes enthralling reading.
  

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Review: Love Me Tender: The Stories Behind the World's Best-loved Songs

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

First off, I was glad that this book introduced me to so many excellent songs, and the stories behind them. That being said, it took me a looooong time to get through it because I wanted to listen to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Etta Mcquade - Goodreads

A fun reference book that explores the stories behind 40 of "the world's best loved songs." One of my favorites, "Send in the Clowns," was written for British star Glynis Johns, who had a miminal ... Read full review

Contents

Love Me Tender
10
For Hes A Jolly Good Fellow
26
Auld Lang Syne
48
Marlene
64
Yesterday
79
Amazing Grace
97
Moon River
112
God Save the KingQueen
131
Blue Moon
174
Beyond the Blue Horizon
195
Now is the Hour
209
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
224
Candle in the Wind
241
Send in the Clowns
260
The Loveliest Night of the Year
277
Its a Long Way to Tipperary
294

Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer
151

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