A Biographical Dictionary with Discographies


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About the Book

Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter… This is a comprehensive guide to 1,054 composers and lyricists (in English) from all the popular genres, including Tin Pan Alley, rhythm & blues, country & western, jazz, rap, and film and show tunes. Each artist’s entry includes birth name (if different), date and place of birth, principal musical genre, main instruments played (if any), a short biography, a list of compositions, a list of long playing albums or CDs (with year of release, record label and peak chart position) and any noteworthy compilation albums. Artists are cross-referenced with musical group and co-writers, when applicable, and the final section of most entries is an alphabetical list of every known chart version of any song written by that particular artist since 1890 (when Billboard first compiled a pop chart).

About the Author(s)

Nigel Harrison, former CD buyer for Tower Records and reporter for Billboard, lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Bibliographic Details

Nigel Harrison
Format: softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 643
Bibliographic Info: discographies, bibliography, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4102-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      1
Introduction      5
Abbreviations      9

The Dictionary      11

Bibliography      473
Index      477

Book Reviews & Awards

“welcome…no other reference work provides such detailed information…for all music reference collections…excellent index”—Booklist; “welcome…highly recommended”—Reference & User Services Quarterly; “welcome”—Library Journal; “useful and fascinating”—Against the Grain; “offers a good deal that isn’t available [in the competition]…comprehensive index”—Reference Reviews; “strikes just the right note…should be in reference collections”—Rettig on Reference.