Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Songbirds" Tenth Anniversary

****** With utmost respect and admiration, I'd like to salute the Moderator of an online group of music fans. His name is David Torresen and "Songbirds, The Singers of Classic Pop and Jazz" has been a thriving, exhuberant forum since its inception in June, 1998. Membership now includes over a thousand fans scattered across the planet. Daily mail includes information about familiar singers, and news of fledgling talent worth investigating; new recordings and valuable re-issues are posted, newspaper reviews, commentary, gossip, and the occasional good-natured debate among loyal fans of a singer and those who vehemently disagree.

****** Members are avid collectors, singers, composers, journalists, and musicians, with a healthy representation of some well-known artists. Here is the official description of the site:


****** Songbirds: The Singers of Classic Pop and Jazz. A list primarily devoted to discussion of the legendary female vocalists of "classic pop" and jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan, June Christy, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Maxine Sullivan, Lee Wiley, Mabel Mercer, Jo Stafford, Dinah Washington, Julie London, Margaret Whiting, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Keely Smith, Annie Ross, many more. Also, plenty of discussion of crooners, songwriters, bandleaders, and contemporary singers keeping this great song tradition alive. The common denominator is singers who interpret the Great American Songbook (to which we refer in shorthand as "GAS") -- Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Warren, Dorothy Fields, Jule Styne, many more.

****** Non-members can view the Home page at Songbirds; but are required to apply to the moderator to become members to be able to view past messages in the archives and post messages. The service is free.

****** Happy Tenth Anniversary David and the entire International Songbirds community.

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