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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook

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Genre :: Documentary

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While chronicling Feinstein’s fabulous but exhausting life on the road—150 performances a year, all over the country—Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook delves into cultural history to reveal how popular music reflected different eras in the 20th century and shaped the style, attitude and self-image of America for more than a century.

Latest Episode

Series 3 - Episode 3 - On the Air
Aired - 12 April 2013

Episode summary:

Today, “American Idol” is the country’s biggest music star-maker, but decades ago, the Golden Age of Radio fulfilled the idol-making role in the U.S. Feinstein traces the phenomenon with archival clips of Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, Kate Smith and many others. He visits with TV and stage star Rose Marie (best known as “Sally Rogers” on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”) and learns about her career as a highly paid child radio star named “Baby” Rose Marie. On his own NPR program, Feinstein showcases the virtuoso talents of classical superstars, including violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk. Finally, he discovers a lost radio program that featured Rosemary Clooney, and recalls his own memorable duet with her.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 3

+ Episode - 3 On the Air Aired - 12 April 2013
+ Episode - 2 Let's Dance Aired - 05 April 2013
+ Episode - 1 Show Tunes Aired - 05 April 2013

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