The Great American Songbook , or, in French, Great American Repertoire of Song, commonly refers to American popular music from the 1920s to the 1960s , before the arrival and success of rock ‘n’ roll . The term includes the music of the musicals of Broadway , movies Hollywood and the American music industry called Tin Pan Alley . This music, which can be likened to swing and big bands , is often described as both traditional pop and jazz vocal, and it is difficult to say exactly which of these two currents, afterwards very distant from each other, should be connected.
Many songs of this era have become great standards of jazz , always regularly taken. In the same way that the phrase “great music” can be used to describe classical music as a superior aesthetic form, the Great American Songbook phrase suggested an unparalleled level of musical composition that then made it the absolute reference. opposition to other emerging currents, including rock ‘n’ roll .
Although it is often considered that the Great American Songbook died with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll , some post- rock ‘n’ roll American composers like Henry Mancini , Burt Bacharach or even non-Americans like the Brazilian Antônio Carlos Jobim , are sometimes considered part of the Great American repertoire of song.
Some big names
Authors and Composers
Harold Arlen – Burt Bacharach – Irving Berlin – Hoagy Carmichael – Cy Coleman – Vernon Duke – Duke Ellington – Sammy Fain – George Gershwin – Oscar Hammerstein II – Antônio Carlos Jobim – Bert Kaempfert – Jerome Kern – Frank Loesser – Frederick Loewe – Henry Mancini – Johnny Mandel – Johnny Mercer – Jimmy McHugh -Cole Porter – Richard Rodgers – Arthur Schwartz – Jule Styne – Jimmy Van Heusen – Harry Warren – Kurt Weill – Victor Young
Traditional singers (vocal jazz, traditional pop and easy listening )
Paul Anka – Louis Armstrong – Fred Astaire – Tony Bennett – Ray Charles – Rosemary Clooney – Nat King Cole – Perry Como – Bing Crosby – Bobby Darin – Sammy Davis Jr. – Doris Day – Blossom Dearie – Ella Fitzgerald – Judy Garland – Billie Holiday – Lena Horne – Jack Jones- Gene Kelly – Peggy Lee – Dean Martin – Johnny Mathis – Carmen McRae – Anita O’Day – Dinah Shore – Frank Sinatra – Nina Simone – Mel Torm – Sarah Vaughan – Dinah Washington – Andy Williams – Nancy Wilson
Contemporary singers ( contemporary jazz, pop-rock and variety)
George Michael – Pat Benatar – Michael Bublé – Peter Cincotti – Jamie Cullum – Natalie Cole – Harry Connick Jr. – Bryan Ferry – Phyllis Hyman – Diana Krall – Queen Latifah – Barry Manilow – Bette Midler – Joni Mitchell – Morrissey – Willie Nelson – Harry Nilsson – John Pizzarelli -Linda Ronstadt – Carly Simon – Rod Stewart – Sting – Barbra Streisand – Caetano Veloso – Rufus Wainwright – Robbie Williams – Vanessa Williams