At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.
Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.
Sammy Cahn came out of New York City’s Lower Eastside to provide the lyrics for some of America’s best-known standards.
Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music for numerous entries in the Great American Songbook, including "It Could Happen To You," "Come Fly With Me," and "Imagination."
In the 1960s the Beatles' primary songwriters rocked the world of jazz and popular song. Decades later, Beatles songs themselves have become standards.
Some well-known songs by a little-known lyricist, sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others.
A tribute to the songwriter featuring interpretations of his music from Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Rivers, Nina Simone, and more.
Singer Nina Simone took songs of the counterculture and made them her own.
A classic late-1960s encounter, plus music from Sergio Mendes, Brad Mehldau, and other music to start off the month of May in a mellow way.
Yip Harburg was a lyricist who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City to write about rainbows, paper moons, Aprils in Paris, and much more.