Bing And Billie And Frank And Ella And Judy And Barbra by Dan Callahan
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In the world of American popular music, there were six iconic artists who stood out as the major interpreters of the American songbook. These artists, namely Crosby, Holiday, Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Garland, and Streisand, have fascinating stories that intertwine with their illustrious careers.
Over a span of fifty years, these artists reigned supreme, dominating the airwaves and capturing the hearts of millions. Their journey can be likened to a roller coaster ride, with its ups and downs, its moments of exhilarating creativity and its eventual decline.
Starting in the 1930s and ’40s, their influence on American popular music began to gain momentum. However, it was in the 1950s and early ’60s that their magic reached its peak, as they created immortal works of art.
Their reign of the American songbook was not without its challenges. The fight for racial equality became a prominent issue during this time, and their music played a crucial role in bringing attention to the cause.
Among these artists, Ella Fitzgerald was undoubtedly beloved during her time and continues to be adored to this day. Frank Sinatra remains the undisputed king of the songbook, but it is equally important to recognize Bing Crosby’s unparalleled contributions in the 1930s.
Judy Garland’s greatest triumph, her 1963-64 TV series, is evidence of her extraordinary talent and is cherished by fans who can access it online. Meanwhile, the legend of Billie Holiday continues to grow, with her artistry in the 1930s serving as the foundation for her enduring legacy.
As for Barbra Streisand, she is a living legend whose commercial success still astounds. She is the last embodiment of the songbook and its marvelous essence.
Each of these six singers has left an indelible mark on the world of music. They have shown us new avenues of expression and taught us to dream in ways we never thought possible.
Although their era may have come to an end, their melodies will forever echo in our hearts, reminding us of the everlasting beauty of their music.