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

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Frances Lincoln, Feb 1, 2009 - Music - 192 pages
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In 1855, Miss Jane Ross transcribed the melody played by a piper at an Irish village fair. Had she not, the world would never have heard “Danny Boy.” If Robert Burns had missed an old man’s quavering rendition of an ancient Scottish country song, New Year’s revelers would be singing a different tune. A sentimental song from a Civil War-era minstrel show morphed into one of Elvis’ biggest hits. Love Me Tender reveals the surprising origins of these and other favorite songs. Some evolved from folksongs, some from musical theater, while others just came along at the right time. In some cases, a single word made all the difference: Paul McCartney changed “scrambled eggs” to “yesterday” and a classic was born. With stories from all over the world, and from artists as diverse as Bing Crosby, Big Mama Thornton, and T. S. Eliot, Love Me Tender is a delightful read for every music lover.

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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

About the author (2009)

Max Cryer is a writer, entertainer and broadcaster, who has performed on the opera stages of Vienna and London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of popular song, with a special interest in music theatre, and is an avid collector of musical manuscripts. His career has included stints as a teacher, compere, television presenter and quizmaster, but he now devotes most of his time to writing.

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