Song Books - 'American Popular Song' labours of love
'Shining Trumpets - a History of Jazz' by Rudi Blesh, Cassell 1949.
'Hear Me Talkin' to Ya' by Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff, Dover Books 1955.
'Jazz' by Rex Harris, Pelican 1956.
'Early Jazz - its roots and musical development' by Gunther Schuller, Oxford University Press 1968.
'Lost Chords - The Diverting Story of American Popular Songs' by Douglas Gilbert, Cooper Square Publishers 1970.
'They All Played Ragtime' by Rudi Blesh and Harriet Janis, Oak Publications 1971.
'After the Ball - Pop Music from Rag to Rock' by Ian Whitcomb, Penguin 1972.
'American Popular Song - The Great Innovators 1900 - 1950' by Alec Wilder, Oxford University Press 1972.
'Big Band Jazz' by Albert McCarthy, Barrie and Jenkins 1974.
'The Big Bands Songbook' by George T Simon, Thomas Y Crowell 1975.
'Louis' by Max Jones & John Chilton, Mayflower 1975.
'Stomping the Blues' by Albert Murray, Da Carpo 1976.
'Tell Your Story - A Dictionary of Jazz and Blues Recordings 1917 -1950' by Eric Townley, Storyville Publications 1976.
'Jazz - A History' by Frank Tirro, Norton 1977.
'Yesterdays - Popular Song in America' by Charles Hamm, Norton 1979.
'White Boys Singin' the Blues- the black roots of white rock' by Michael Bane, Da Carpo 1982.
'The Jews on Tin Pan Alley - The Jewish Contribution to American Popular Music 1830 - 1940' by Kenneth Aaron Kanter, Ktav Publishing House 1982.
'The Bessie Smith Companion' by Edward Brooks, Da Carpo 1982.
'Louis Armstrong: A Biography' by James Lincoln Collier, Pan Books 1993.
'Irving Berlin and Ragtime America' by Ian Whitcomb, Century Hutchinson, 1987.
'The Jazz Age - Popular Music in the 1920s' by Arnold Shaw, Oxford University Press 1987.
'The Swing Era - the development of jazz 1930-45' by Gunther Schuller, Oxford University Press 1989.
'Let's Face the Music - The Golden Age of Popular Song' by Benny Green, Pavilion Books 1989.
'Duke Ellington Jazz Composer' by Ken Rattenbury, Yale University 1990.
'From Cakewalks to Concert Halls - An Illustrated History of American Popular Music from 1895 - 1930' by Thomas L Morgan, Elliot & Clarke 1992.
'Remembering Song - Encounters with the New Orleans Jazz Tradition' by Frederick Turner, Da Capo 1994.
'That Half Barbaric Twang' by Karen Linn, University of Illinois, 1994.
'The Rise and Fall of Popular Music' by Donald Clarke, Penguin 1995.
'LouisArmstrong: An Extravagant Life' by Laurence Bergreen, Broadway 1997.
'Let the Good Times Roll - the Story of Louis Jordan and His Music' by John Chilton, Michigan 1997.
'Tunesmith - inside the art of songwriting' by Jimmy Webb, Hyperion, 1998.
'Irving Berlin - a life in song' by Philip Furia, Schirmer Books 1998.
'The Loudest Trumpet - Buddy Bolden and the Early History of Jazz' by Daniel Hardie, to Exel 2000.
'The Unsung Songwriters - America's Masters of Melody' - Studies in Jazz No.34 by Warren Vache, Scarecrow Press 2000.
'Easy to Remember - the great American Songwriters and their songs' by William Zinsser, David R Godine 2001.
'Walk on By - Soundtrack of the Century' by Alan Lewens, Harper Collins 2001.
'Louis Armstrong - his life, his music, his recordings' by Abbi Hubner, Oreos 2001.
'The Young Louis Armstrong on Records - a critical survey of the early recordings 1923 - 28' - Studies in Jazz No.39 by Edward Brooks, Scarecrow Press 2002.
'Spreadin' Rhythm Around - black popular songwriters 1880 - 1930' by David A Jason and Gene Jones, Routledge 2005.
'The Original Hot Five Recordings of Louis Armstrong' by Gen H Anderson, Pendragon Press 2007.
'The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body' by Steven Mithen, 2007.
'How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll' by Elijah Wald, Oxford University Press 2009.
'Louis Armstrong's Hot 5 & Hot 7 Recordings' by Brian Harker, Oxford University Press 2011.
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