It seems to me I've Heard That Song Before
It's from an old familiar score
I know it well, that melody...
Mark's centenary tributes to Dorothy Fields, lyricist of "The Way You Look Tonight", "Sunny Side Of The Street" and "Hey, Big Spender!", and Jule Styne, composer of "Time After Time", "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", have been brought together in one handsome hardback book - with a bonus finale 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 in one lavishly illustrated volume, and now you can make it even more fun with two great CDs full of memorable performances.
When you order our American Songbook Singalong special, you'll get Mark's book plus a brand new double CDMark Steyn Celebrates The Songs Of Frank Loesser and a second great album, An Evening With Dorothy Fields. On the Loesser set, Mark salutes another of his very favorite songwriters, a man who gave us one of the greatest Broadway shows of all time, some memorable movies, and many pop, jazz and seasonal standards. This audio extravaganza features highlights from the Steyn archives, and lots of brand new live musical performances from Mark's special guests.
You'll hear Burton Lane, composer of Finian's Rainbow, talking about the penniless Frank Loesser's early days in Hollywood. Cy Feuer, producer of shows such as Guys And Dolls and films like Cabaret, joins Mark for a warble through the big take-home tune from Loesser's first Broadway smash, with a bit of help from the 106-year old George Abbott, director of Pal Joey, The Pajama Game and a ton of other hits. And we have a lot more live music from the Loesser songbook: Siân Phillips, the great West End stage star, reprises her Tony-nominated performance as Marlene Dietrich in a rousing western saloon song. Dorothée Berryman, star of the Oscar-winning film Barbarian Invasions, gives us a jazzy "Let's Get Lost", and Monique Fauteux, one of Quebec's great musical treasures, presents one of the highlights from Guys And Dolls. And, of course, Mark's Sweet Gingerbread Gal Jessica Martin is back, with one of the most lyrical of Loesser's movie songs. Along the way, we'll also hear live performances of "Heart And Soul", "On A Slow Boat To China", "Standing On The Corner", plus a few detours through "Two Sleepy People", "A Bushel And A Peck", and a spectacular, no-expense-spared, full-scale dramatic re-enactment of "The King's New Clothes", with full supporting cast of gullible duchesses, sycophantic courtiers and fickle townsfolk. All that, plus Mark singing doowop! It's one-and-three-quarter hours of great conversation and music - and it includes, from the Steyn vaults, Jule Styne himself on the day Frank Loesser walked into his office and began plotting their first hit together.
As for our second CD, An Evening With Dorothy Fields, on the DRG label, was recorded live in the 1970s and features Miss Fields performing highlights from 40 years of hit songs with a unique group of performers including composer Cy Coleman. She also lets you in on the stories behind standards like "Sunny Side Of The Street", "I'm In The Mood For Love", "Pick Yourself Up", "Hey, Big Spender" and more. You can find excerpts from Mark's discussion of Dorothy Fields' work on Australia's Radio National here.
One book, two CDS: The first volume in a series on popular music, Mark Steyn's American Songbook is in response to the enormous demands we've had to memorialize Mark's writing on popular music between hard covers, while the albums beautifully illustrate his observations on the songs. The book can be personally autographed to you or your loved one. Simply let us know the details when you place your credit card order.