In 1938 she shaped a prolonged engagement at Cafe Society; the following year she joined Benny Goodman on a radio broadcast; she was regularly operating the massive New York theaters and the famous 52nd Street clubs, including Kelly's Stables and the Onyx Club all in addition to her recording successes. Two songs of the period are noteworthy: the first, "Strange Fruit," with a haunting lyric by Lewis Allan to which Billie contributed the music, is a graphic depiction of a lynching; her record company,
The next year Benny added Lionel Hampton to create the Benny Goodman Quartet. Benny’s huge success during the Swing Era is what led Time magazine in 1937 to name him the “King of Swing”. The next year, during the peak of the Swing Era, Benny Goodman’s band, with musicians from Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s bands, reached a big milestone to be the first ever jazz band to play at the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York. After the concert, the Benny Goodman Band went through a few changes in cast. The swing era came to a close as World War II raged on, and that aided a change in styles.
Vaughan’s style is very virtuosic. She began her career with an already large range and well-toned voice, but unlike her peers, her vocal diversity grew as she aged. Her quick and prominent slow vibrato was almost operatic in its quality, milking each and every note. (Gridley) Sarah Vaughan had many popular tunes, but her most well-known are "Misty", "Broken-Hearted Melody", and “Send in the Clowns”. "Misty", one of Vaughan's most famous works, was recorded in 1957.
A while later Armstrong left Oliver’s band and began to play for a couple of different organizations. Louis played in orchestras, a few other jazz bands, and occasionally in church. All of these experiences allowed him to develop an amazing trademark sound for himself. The popularity Armstrong was receiving was so extravagant that in the mid and late twenties, he began creating records with a couple different bands throughout the different times he would participate in them. The next step Louis took in his climb to fame was to create his own band soon named the Hot Five.
On January 8th, 1935 one of the greatest influences to pop and country was born. Elvis Aaron Presley changed the way people heard and saw music through his songs and the way he performed them. Elvis’ music was stunning, he had eighteen American No. 1s and hundreds of gold records from around the world. He brought a way of performing that people had never experienced before, he was electrifying when he performed on stage.
Show Boat, composed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened December 27, 1927, and was the first musical to be based off of a novel (Show Boat Introduces American Musical Theater). It was difficult to convince Edna Ferber, the author of Show Boat, to allow her book to be turned into a musical, since most musicals of the early 20th century were focused on comedy. The typical show around this time was centered around funny situations and catchy songs; often, the plot was
Not only did Donen direct movies, but he also choreographed as well. For a couple of his movies, Donen co-directed with Gene Kelly. However, musically themed movies started to fade out in the late 1950s, Donen started to direct more comedies. Although movie musicals faded out, Donen still had a major impact on the film industry.
Duke Ellington earned nine Grammy Awards during his life from 1959-1973.Duke won three more awards after his death from 1973-2000. Duke Ellington was in the spotlight not only during his life but was still in the spotlight many years after his death. Duke was born in Washington D.C. on April 29,1899.Duke’s music career started at age seven when began studying the piano.At age 15, Duke wrote his first composition.The song was called “Soda Fountain Rage.”The song was inspired by his job as a soda jerk.Ellington was given an art scholorship to Pratt Institate in Brooklyn,New York, but instead persevered with his devotion for ragtime.Duke started playing professioally at age 17. (Duke Ellington Biography). Ellington was performing in Broadway
Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was one of the most successful recording artists of all time, winner of numerous awards, including three Grammy awards. Elvis had an indescribable cultural impact, according to Rolling Stone Magazine: “It was Elvis who made rock’n’roll the international language of pop” Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, the son of Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, both Mississippi born. Elvis was supposed to be a twin but his brother was announced stillborn. Although a boy was raised in love, because of the lack of the money, a family had to move from place to place quite often. With parents Presley attended the Assembly of God Church where gospel music left its imprint on him.
Although Rhapsody in Blue was noted by most biographers as his most famous production, he had composed many other pieces that are anticipated to never be forgotten. The first song George ever published was, “When You Want ‘Em You Can’t Get ‘Em”. This song as well as many to follow are what sparked the initial conditions he needed for his name to become attention grabbing, especially to Broadway luminaries. One of the most popular years for George, prior to Rhapsody, was experienced in 1919 when his hit song “Swanee” and show La, La Lucille were both performed. The song premiered in the musical Sinbad which quickly sold more than two-million recordings.
In the midst of all this when he met Zenas Sears. This became his manager. Willis had hits on both the R&B and pop charts from 1956 to 1958. He was also a successful artist and he began to compose other songs for other artist. Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many more are example of great musician he composed for.
Chick Corea, also known as Armando Anthony Corea, is a famous keyboardist and composer. He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts on June 12, 1941 and is still alive today. Corea had started playing piano at age four and drums at eight. His real career began in the 1960’s. His father was a professional trumpet player, so he grew up with music his whole life.