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Published: 08 January 2015

256 Pages | 15 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199389186

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Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?

The Lives of an American Song

Todd Decker

  • Traces the journey of one famous song across over seven decades and multiple musical genres
  • Details how changing the lyrics to "Ol' Man River" marked important steps in the history of the African American struggle for dignity and equality.
  • Includes chapters dedicated to Paul Robeson and Frank Sinatra, as well as close analysis of singers such as Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Bing Crosby, among many others
  • Companion website includes over 250 audio examples illustrating the text