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My Melancholy Baby – The First Ballads of the Great American Songbook, 1902-1913 - University Press of Mississippi
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My Melancholy Baby: The First Ballads of the Great American Songbook, 1902-1913

Michael G. Garber


This book offers a detailed biography of ten influential American popular love ballads, from “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” (1902) to “You Made Me Love You” (1913). These became models for over forty years of great songs. In an innovative combination, they fused jazziness with intimate, personal qualities that were further revealed in the late 1920s with the advent of the torch song genre—and microphone crooning techniques, which linked them to the lullaby. They were a product of collective innovation by both famous figures like Irving Berlin and forgotten songwriters, including wom ... More

Keywords: Tin Pan Alley, Great American Songbook, collective innovation, torch song, lullaby

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496834294
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2022 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496834294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael G. Garber, author
University of Winchester