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  Each of Fred Miller's Lectures-In-Song is 60-75 minutes long and focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song's Golden Age.

Seated at the piano, Fred not only performs the songs in question but also provides biographical and historical insight into the life and times of these musical titans. Below is his current repertoire of available Lectures-In-Song. Go to YOUTUBE for some brief VIDEO PREVIEWS of the Lectures, and please feel free to contact him about creating a Lecture built on a specific theme of your choice.
 
 

GEORGE GERSHWIN

George Gershwin's legacy transcends that of nearly any other musical figure in the twentieth century.... >>

IRVING BERLIN

Berlin's life is the stuff of legend: the child of Russian immigrants who rose from the squalor of the Lower ... >>

COLE PORTER

Porter's songs continue to provide the core of every major singer's repertoire,and his shows and films... >
 
 
More Songwriters
JEROME KERN

RICHARD RODGERS &
LORENZ HART


RICHARD RODGERS &
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II


HAROLD ARLEN

JOHNNY MERCER

ALAN JAY LERNER

FRANK LOESSER

DOROTHY FIELDS

E.Y. "YIP" HARBURG

SIGMUND ROMBERG

NOEL COWARD

JULE STYNE

HARRY WARREN

The Last Lions Of Broadway:
CY COLEMAN / JERRY HERMAN


Heartland Troubadors:
HOAGY CARMICHAEL
MEREDITH WILLSON


Old World, New World :
VERNON DUKE / KURT WEILL


Words & Music:
SAMMY CAHN / JIMMY McHUGH


They Wrote The Words Part I:
OTTO HARBACH
TED KOEHLER / LEO ROBIN
ARTHUR FREED


They Wrote The Words, Part II:
MITCHELL PARISH
BETTY COMDEN &
ADOLPH GREEN
PAUL FRANCIS WEBSTER


The Other Jewish Songwriters :
ARTHUR SCHWARTZ
SAMMY FAIN
BURTON LANE


Jazz Age Kings, Part I :
WALTER DONALDSON
GUS KAHN
RICHARD WHITING


Jazz Age Kings, Part II :
DE SYLVA, BROWN & HENDERSON /
VINCENT YOUMANS


The Great Lady Songwriters:
WHITSON / WAYNE / RONNELL
GREVER / SUESSE / SWIFT
LEIGH / LEE


He Wrote That?:
RAYE / DePAUL / ADAIR
DENNIS / BURKE / WOODS


The Golden Age Of Operetta:
VICTOR HERBERT
RUDOLF FRIML
SIGMUND ROMBERG


 
 

FRED ASTAIRE

The most ardent superlatives are insufficient to describe the talents of Fred Astaire. Even in his lifetime, ... >>

JUDY GARLAND

The Hollywood Musical's greatest female talent, a doe-eyed, ordinary looking American girl with a genius for singing... >>

ETHEL MERMAN

From that historic moment in 1930 when she delivered the Gershwins' "I Got Rhythm" to a stunned audience... >>
 
 
More Performers
BING CROSBY

FRANK SINATRA

Red White & Blue:
GEORGE M. COHAN/KATE SMITH/
BOB HOPE


 
 

HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM?

Immigration, World War And The New Music.....

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN


The Jazz Age And The Birth of Radio..

WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF?

Hollywood And The Great Depression....
 
 
1938-1945: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY-WWII And The Big Bands

1946-1956: MUSIC!MUSIC!MUSIC!-Postwar Prosperity And The Rise Of Rock

1957-1964: TRY TO REMEMBER-Finale: The Youth Culture Takes Over

1965-1988: HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING?-
Postscript: Social Upheaval And The British Invasion


HOOTENANNY!-The Great Folk Song Revival Of The 50s & 60s

IT WASN´T ALL NOISE!-The Singable Rock/Pop Songs Of The 50s & 60s

 
 

WITH PLENTY OF MONEY AND YOU: Love And Money In American Popular Song

GREAT DAMES: A Sheet Music Gallery Of Storied Ladies, Shady, Pure and Otherwise...

LOVELY TO LOOK AT: Fashion, Style And Glamour In American Popular Song

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG: 12 Classics

WHEN YOU´RE SMILING!
The Fun And The Funny In American Popular Song


VERSE & CHORUS: Hear The Verse & Guess The Celebrated Chorus

YOUNG AT HEART: Aging Gracefully... And Singing About It

WHEN OSCAR WAS KING: Academy Award Winning Songs (1934-1970)

LOSERS BUT WINNERS: Oscar Nominated Songs Still Worth Singing

OSCAR SNUBS: Great Movie Songs Oscar Forgot Even To Nominate
    Part I(1934-39)
    Part II(1940-69)


HEAVEN, I´M IN HEAVEN! The Sun, Moon, Stars & Romance In American Popular Song

 
 

VALENTINE´S DAY: What Is This Thing Called Love?

ST. PATRICK´S DAY: Evergreen-The Irish Presence In American Popular Song

MEMORIAL or VETERANS´ DAY: America At War-From Colonial Times To The Present

INDEPENDENCE DAY: I Hear America Singing-An Americana Sampler

SPRING INTO SUMMER: Musical Landscapes For The Warm Months

OCTOBER SURPRISES: Celebrating Oktoberfest,Columbus Day, Halloween & Autumn

THANKSGIVING: An American Thanksgiving-Songs Of Gratitude And Optimism

CHRISTMAS: An American Christmas-Sacred & Secular Favorites

 
 

HARLEM RENAISSANCE: The Black American Impact On Popular Song, Part I- Williams/Waters/Blake/Ellington/Robinson/Calloway

HARLEM RENAISSANCE: The Black American Impact On Popular Song, Part II- Horne/Holiday/Cole/Waller

SHOW BOAT: The American Musical Comes Of Age

A LAND THAT´S FREE FOR YOU AND ME: Jewish Songwriters Give Universal Voice To The American Dream

 
 

ALL OVER THE MAP: Heading West, Making Musical Stops ´Round The World

DON´T FENCE ME IN! Songs of The Cowboy and The Old West (Coming March, 2018)

THE BROOKLYN CONNECTION: America's Fourth Largest City & Her "Bridges" To Popular Song

THE BUCKS/BROADWAY CONNECTION: Bucks County´s Musical Links To Broadway & Hollywood

NEW YORK, NEW YORK! Musical Tales From The Isle Of Manhattan



 


 
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