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...Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) claimed to have been born in 1886 to a Russian-Jewish family in what is now Lithuania. In 1891 his father moved to New York City to secure employment and housing for his family, which followed him to Washington, D.C....

—Campbell Connelly

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...A British-based music publisher, the firm of Campbell Connelly was formed in London in 1925 by songwriters Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly to publish their novelty song, ‘Show Me the Way to Go Home.’ The duo wrote numerous hit songs...

Warners’Blockbuster

Douglas Gomery

Douglas Gomery, one of the leading economic historians of film, is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Coming of Sound : A History

Taylor & Francis Group, 2005

Scholarly Books

...If one were to poll film fans, film makers, critics, and other interested parties and ask them what was the most significant American film made before 1940, one would undoubtedly get dozens of answers. Surely some would nominate...

The ‘Silent’ Film in Modern Times

James Wierzbicki

James Wierzbicki teaches Musicology at the University of Sydney. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Music and Sound in Silent Film : From the Nickelodeon to The Artist

Taylor & Francis Group, 2019

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...Most modern languages have a retronym for cinema of the sort that existed before the widespread acceptance of the technology that allowed for the recording, on a single strip of celluloid, of not just an image track, but also a soundtrack...

—Decca (US)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...While Decca, led by its stockbroker/founder Edward Lewis, had been a successful recording company in England since 1929, it was only in 1934 that the US branch of the company opened its doors, when Lewis brought the services of Jack Kapp...

Stage Music during the War Years

Don Tyler

Don Tyler is a retired music professor from the College of Central Florida in Ocala, FL. He has more than two dozen choral compositions and/or arrangements published by various publishing companies. Tyler is author of Hit Parade 1920–1955: An Encyclopedia of the Top Songs of the Jazz, Depression, Swing, and Sing Eras; Hit Songs, 1900–1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era; The Great Movie Musicals: A Viewer's Guide to 168 Films That Really Sing; and Music of the Post-War Era. He has also contributed to Facts Behind the Songs: A Handbook of American Popular Music from the Nineties to the ‘90s and Popular Musicians. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Music of the First World War

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016

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...There were several types of stage music during the First World War that will be covered: the British music hall, American vaudeville, revues, operettas, and musicals. The British Music Hall The British music hall is the equivalent...

Washington, DC

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 572,059 (2000); metropolitan area – 5,423,793 (2000). Founded in 1790, Washington was the first US city planned for a specific purpose: government. Chosen by Congress as the midpoint between...

Ballad (North American)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Emergence From the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, common usage suggests the American popular ballad can be defined as a slow or slow-ish song with romantic lyric content, emotional in manner, intimate in feeling...