Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

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Oxford University Press, Sep 1, 2010 - Music - 336 pages
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In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Dorothy Fields penned the words to more than four hundred songs, among them mega-hits such as "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "If My Friends Could See Me Now." While Fields's name may be known mainly to connoisseurs, her contributions to our popular culture--indeed, our national consciousness--have been remarkable. In Pick Yourself Up, Charlotte Greenspan offers the most complete, serious treatment of Fields's life and work to date, tracing her rise to prominence in a male-dominated world.
 

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Contents

The Teen Years
7
Marriage and the Start of a Career
17
Whats Black and White and Heard All Over?
30
Give My Refrains to Broadway
44
Hello to Hollywood
56
Change Partners and Write
68
The Best of Hollywood
80
End of an Era
92
Annie Get Your Gun
149
More Movies
163
Colonial America and Brooklyn
175
Something Old Something New
188
Sweet Charity
202
Its Where You Finish
217
List of Songs
227
List of Theater Works and Movies
241

Hollywood through a Broadway Lens
102
Librettos Instead of Lyrics
111
Up in Central Park
122
Photos follow page
133

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Charlotte Greenspan is a musicologist and pianist who has written extensively on music and film. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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