Before Radio and phonograph there was sheet music and pianos, lots of pianos, with aggressive song pluggers pounding out the next big hit for the music publishers along west 28th Street. ... See full summary »

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Before Radio and phonograph there was sheet music and pianos, lots of pianos, with aggressive song pluggers pounding out the next big hit for the music publishers along west 28th Street. They made such a racket, it sounded like a hundred people banging on tin pans, so Tin Pan Alley was born, and with it a new way of selling pop music to America. Kelly walks through the city's musical past, into gambling halls where thugs and song writers rubbed shoulders, and into the vertical Tin Pan Alley of the next generation, the famous Brill Building at 49th and Broadway where almost every big Rock n Roll hit of the early 1960's was created. We meet Neil Sedaka, the star who sold 25 million records as a singer and song writer in Brill Building from 1958 to 1963, and we explore the now-empty sound studios where records, television shows and films were mixed. Kelly meets the creators of a successful musical called Murder for Two and learns the basics of writing a good musical at the famous BMI ... Written by Anonymous

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5 November 2013 (USA)  »

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