Artists of the Classic Era, 1910-1960

PopularSong.org has been continuously publishing essays (originally as magazine articles) on key artists and their contributions to the craft since 2007.   These are not biographies as such, although some contain brief biographical info where it is necessary to develop further understanding.  Rather these essays seek to explain the significance of a given artist, and further define their place in the Great American Songbook.

Although many of these artists transcended eras, their most significant contributions — or the focus of a particular essay — is generally based on their activity prior to 1960.

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Tex Beneke

Les Brown

Perry Como

Eddie Fisher

Dick Haymes

Kitty Kallen

Howard Keel

Frankie Laine

Julius LaRosa

The McGuire Sisters

Ethel Merman

The Mills Brothers

Vaughn Monroe

Dinah Shore

Frank Sinatra

Margaret Whiting