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Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... This chapter traces crooning’s development and increasing popularity as a new modern song style produced by the microphone in the mid- to late 1920s. Crooning exemplified and helped drive the aesthetic, industrial, and cultural shift in popular singing from the belting theatrical style to a more...
Book Chapter

By Allison McCracken
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... microphone singing sound technologies mass media radio vocal performance ...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
...”) singers. It discusses class-based singing aesthetics, an etymology of crooning, the impact of modern microphones and radio broadcasting, vocal variety in popular performance of the 1920s, the pivotal role of American youth and women in popularizing romantic crooning, the growing influence of racial...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... This chapter identifies the factors surrounding Bing Crosby’s survival of the attacks against crooners and analyzes every stage of his career and media production from the 1920s through the early 1940s, from his live performances as part of the famous Rhythm Boys singing trio in Paul Whiteman’s...
Book Chapter

By Allison McCracken
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
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