Harold Arlen: Rhythm, Rainbows, and Blues

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UPNE, Sep 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
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This engaging biography charts the course of Arlen's brilliant career, from bank leader in his native Buffalo, New York, to songwriter and vocalist in vaudeville, to composer of Broadway musicals and revues at Harlem's Cotton Club, to writer of the everlasting music in The Wizard of Oz and other films.
 

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The creator of such hit tunes as "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow," Harold Arlen is one of the underrated composers of American popular song. Journalist Jablonski (Gershwin, Northeastern Univ ... Read full review

Contents

The Cantors Son
3
The Buffalodians and the Big Time
14
Pickup and Jots
26
Cotton Club
37
Excursions and Anya
61
Life Begins
79
Hooray for Hollywood?
95
Hooray for What
108
Toil and Trouble
216
Judy
231
Year of Transfusions
244
Peregrinations
261
Yankee Dollars
277
Free and Easy Blues
290
Ode for Anya
307
A Man of Sorrows
321

A Time of Gold and Lead
120
Yip John and Ted Again
140
When the Wind Blows South
172
The Civil War Ballet
180
The Blues
197
Beverly Hills
207
Slow Curtain
341
The Works of Harold Arlen
363
Selected Recordings
385
Bibliography
407
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About the author (1998)

Edward Jablonski is the author of Alan Jay Lerner: A Biography, The Gershwin Years: George and Ira, Irving Berlin: A Biography, and many other books. His articles on music and musicians have appeared in American Record Guide, Saturday Review, Stereo Review, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City.

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