The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, by Kip Lornell,Bruce Bastin

By Kip Lornell,Bruce Bastin

Joe Davis, the point of interest of The Melody Man loved a 50-year profession within the song undefined, which lined approximately each point of the enterprise. He hustled sheet song within the Nineteen Twenties, copyrighted compositions through artists as various as fat Waller, Carson Robison, Otis Blackwell, and Rudy Vallee, oversaw countless numbers of recording consultation, and operated numerous list businesses starting within the Nineteen Forties. Davis additionally labored fearlessly to aid insure that black recording artists and tune writers received equivalent therapy for his or her work.

Much greater than a biography, this publication is an research of the position performed via track publishers in the course of a lot of the 20th century. Joe Davis used to be no longer a track "great" yet he was once a type of people who enabled "greats" to emerge. A musician, supervisor, and writer, his lengthy profession unearths a lot in regards to the nature of the song and provides perception into how the replaced from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Seventies. through the summer time of 1924, whilst Davis was once dealing with the "Race expertise" for Ajax files, he had already labored within the song enterprise for many of a decade and there has been greater than 5 many years of musical occupation sooner than him. the truth that his interesting existence has long past goodbye under-appreciated is remedied via the ebook of by no means promote A Copyright.

Originally released in England, in 1990, by no means promote a Copyright: Joe Davis and His position within the big apple track Scene, 1916-1978 was once by no means published within the usa and to be had in a really restricted print run in England. the writer, famous blues student and folklorist Bruce Bastin, has labored with fellow track student Kip Lornell to fully replace, condense, and increase the publication for this first-ever American edition.

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