HE HEARS AMERICA SINGING by ProQuest

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Not surprisingly yet again, the word he uses to describe his first subject - creator of 500 songs (among them "Over the Rainbow"), 11 Broadway shows, five Cotton Club shows and 24 motion pictures - is, of course, "genius," and that reflects exactly where his head is whenever he's evaluating these various individuals, who are so obviously heroic figures in his mind.It's wonderful to see him write about [Dorothy Fields], who rarely gets her due in such compilations. She is one of the few females who broke through the old-boy network that was American popular songwriting. She wrote the libretto (with her brother) for Annie Get Your Gun, and the lyrics for Sweet Charity and for the classic Astaire and [Richard Rogers] film "Swing Time," matching master [Jerome Kern]'s music expertly."The Song Is You": At left, the book jacket with assorted musicians; and, far left, from top, the great Jerome Kern checks out a score; Dorothy Fields, in later life, works on her inimitable lyrics; and [JuIe Styne], at the piano, along with lyricist Bob Merrill, plays the score of "Funny Girl" for a very young Barbra Streisand.

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