Cole Porter

The Very Best of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin

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Along with the Gershwin brothers and Cole Porter, Irving Berlin is on the short list as one of the most quintessentially American songwriters. This VERY BEST OF collection assembles some of the finest interpretive talents--in both classic pop and jazz--performing two discs worth of Berlin gems. Concentrating (mostly) on the epoch from the 1920s through the ‘50s, this set presents the pinnacle of American singers: Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and of course, Sinatra. Also on hand are the entertainers of a bygone-but-still-beloved era: Ethel Merman, Doris Day, and Mary Martin, and a few jazz immortals like Stephane Grappelli, Dinah Washington, and Harry James. Devotees of the Great American Songbook, fans of classic pop and jazz singers, students of American music--all should find this a worthy and useful addition to their American music collection.

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