Songwriters of the Classic Era, 1910-1960

This includes the pioneers, classic Broadway and Hollywood composers and lyricists, and others identified as part of the Great American Songbook.  This generally includes songwriters active 1910 -1960. 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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Harold Arlen

Irving Berlin

Ralph Blane

Sammy Cahn

Duke Ellington

George Gershwin

Oscar Hammerstein II

Jerome Kern

Peggy Lee

Bob Merrill

Bob Nolan

Cole Porter

Richard Rodgers

Sam Stept

Jimmy Van Heusen

Richard Whiting

Photo left to right: Harold Arlen, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone. We hate to admit, this photo was taken after 1960.