"Someday when I'm awf'lly low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And The Way You Look Tonight..."
Mark's centenary tributes to Dorothy Fields, lyricist of "The Way You Look Tonight", and Jule Styne, composer of "Time After Time", proved so popular that we've bundled them together into a handsome hardback book - and also included Mark's acclaimed essay on Cole Porter's great song and Frank Sinatra's classic recording, "I've Got You Under My Skin". In The Washington Literary Review, David Castleman called Mark Steyn's American Songbook "a wonderful romp through the careers of Dorothy Fields, Jule Styne, and Cole Porter." It's a terrific triple bill of lyrics, music and song, now in one lavishly illustrated volume.
Mark's celebration of Dorothy Fields includes a personal Hit Parade of great Fields lyrics, telling the stories behind "Sunny Side Of The Street", "I'm In The Mood For Love", "Hey, Big Spender!" and many more. His tribute to Jule Styne includes another Hit Parade of top tunes from "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" to "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, plus stories behind Styne's Broadway hits, like Gypsy and Funny Girl. And to round things out we take you to a Los Angeles recording studio on a memorable night in 1956 when Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle turned Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" into one of the all-time best pop vocal recordings.
You can find excerpts from Mark's discussion of Dorothy Fields' work on Australia's Radio National here. The first volume in a series on the American songbook, this is in response to the enormous demands we've hand to memorialize Mark's writing on popular music in hardback form. Don't forget, this beautifully illustrated book can be personally autographed to you or your loved one - and, if you previously bought either our Dorothy Fields or Jule Styne booklets, we'll give you five bucks off the purchase price (or ten bucks if you bought both of them). Simply put a note to that effect when you place your credit card order.