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Dinah Shore

Artist Pages

...Born Frances Rose Shore on February 29, 1916, in Tennessee, USA, Shore started her story of strength by recovering from polio, which had struck her at eighteen months old. Shore retained a handicap in her right leg from the disease. She...
...One of the best-known French performers, Maurice Chevalier achieved transatlantic success as an actor and singer. Born in Paris in 1888, Chevalier worked odd jobs until he was discovered singing in a café in 1901. During World War I...

Edith Piaf

Artist Pages

...With her songs “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960) and “La vie en rose” (1946), Édith Piaf is a French cultural icon and considered to be France’s most popular singer. There are many biographies on Piaf, but much of her life remains unknown...
...As a master of the ukulele and banjolele, George Formby became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer with his catalog of popular and comic songs. Formby was born in 1904 in Lancashire, England. His father was a music hall singer and strongly...

Lipsynching to conceal

Merrie Snell

Merrie Snell has taught popular music studies at Newcastle University, UK, and fiction writing at University of Iowa, USA. Her fiction has appeared in multiple literary journals and she has exhibited sound/video works in Sweden and the UK, including Youghost, an installation based on Youtube lipsynching videos. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...From early cinema to the reign of the Hollywood musical, the television variety show, music video and so on, the lipsynched song has been standard practice. When a performer is seen to be singing on screen, whether the voice is their own...

From Broadway to Phineas and Ferb: The Rise of Music(al Comedy) Videos

Music/Video : Histories, Aesthetics, Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...Considering the technological changes that have transformed publications, live performances, and televised music, it is scarcely surprising that musical comedy, that most old-fashioned of genres, is changing too. Traditional musicals...

Backstage Musical

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...A backstage musical is a musical film or play in which the principal characters are themselves performers and the story revolves around their putting on a show. The characters are shown both ‘onstage’ in performance and ‘backstage’ in areas...

Christopher Plummer Learns to Sing

The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2017

Scholarly Books

...Forty-five years after the release of Robert Wise’s film adaptation of The Sound of Music (1965), the actors who depicted the Trapp family reunited on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In a high-profile episode near the end of her show’s run, Winfrey...

Not “The Same Arrangement”: Breaking Utopian Promises in the Buffy Musical

Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2010

Scholarly Books

...Elements of this chapter were previously published in Chapter 12 of Rhonda V. Wilcox, Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (IB Tauris 2005). Used by permission.“Every single night, the same arrangement…” Introduction...

Charleston, SC

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: city – 98,795 (2002); metropolitan area – 549,803 (2002) The city of Charleston, South Carolina is located on a peninsula at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers on the Atlantic Ocean. Occupying 88.14 sq miles...