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Virginia Waring
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians

Prologue: The Man Who Taught America How To Sing
The Victorian Warings
Penn State
The Brash Kid from Tyrone
Milk Trains
Stairway to Fame
Fred Loses His Shirt
Ballet, Classics, and the Roxyettes
Radio Days
Henry Ford & Co.
The Legalities of Interpretation
The Waring Blendor
Burgeoning Empire
"A Cigarette, Sweet Music, and You"
My Debut
For The Sake of One Singer
Music Worship
The Anti-Semitic Rumor
Life with Fred
"On The Road Again"
Ike and the Famous
Crucible of Professionals
Phaetons, Zephyrs, and Model A Fords
What Glorious Music

Famous American, chorus leader, showman, glee club pioneer, golf tournament host, and entrepreneur--the man who taught America how to sing! Fred Waring was all of these and more, an enigma who held together a major musical organization for sixty-seven years, a man at ease on stage but loathe to sit through meetings, a man so earnest in his patriotism that by the 1980s he was considered almost an endangered species. Virginia Waring, his wife of thirty years, chronicles both his many achievements and his shortcomings with candor and affection in Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. Her gracefully written biography traces Waring's childhood in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, his rise to fame as a bandleader, development and promotion of the Waring Blendor, leadership of Shawnee Press, concert tours, radio and television programs, and his legacy of the highest possible standards in music as in life. This intimate portrait of an American legend is accompanied by a compact disc with twenty-eight selections recorded by the Pennsylvanians over a forty-year period. They range from Adam Geibel and Tom Waring's "Sleep," recorded in 1928, through Cole Porter's "Love for Sale," Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the traditional "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child" and "Dry Bones," to Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's "September Song" and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's "Some Enchanted Evening." A native Californian, Virginia Waring is a concert pianist who studied in Paris with Robert Casadesus and toured for ten years as the Morley half of the famed duo-pianists Morley and Gearhart. She was married to Fred Waring from 1954 until his death in 1984.

Item code: 6846B | Book & 1 CD | $29.95 add item to cart
Vintage | 406 Pages | Softcover | 6 x 9

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