American musical history
Glam metala glitzy form of Los Angeles metal, also found a niche audience but limited mainstream success. The diversity in the city created a newfound passion for theatre.
American music in the 1800s
From time to time efforts were made to break loose from the bonds of rigid formula. During the Civil War, popular ballads were common, some used liberally by both the North and the South as patriotic songs. But that only fits the form in its declining years. Share In the early s, Broadway was New York's main thoroughfare, making it the most desirable location for businesses, which included theaters. The story is set during wartime and concerns three sailors who are on a hour shore leave in New York City, during which each falls in love. The sensational extravaganza, The Black Crook, produced in New York on September 12, and the most successful theatrical production put on in America up to that time--was, it is true, written by Americans. In the s, rock music became more political. Poetic forms sometimes alternated with the prose dialogues, and liturgical chants gave way to new melodies. The Princess Theatre musicals brought about a change in approach. The hit musical Irene ran for performances, a Broadway record that held until Chenier continued recording for more than thirty years, releasing over a hundred albums and paving the way for later stars like Boozoo Chavis and Buckwheat Zydeco. Nirvana 's Nevermind along with Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden launched the defiantly anti-mainstream grunge movement among mainstream audiences, while Dr. The first American musical to do so, and at the same time concentrate on American experiences, was The Brook in , book and lyrics by Nate Salesbury.
In the mids, soul music hit its stride with big-voiced artists like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. Variety Type of variety performances that would be performed late in the evening, and included more racy material. At the end of the decade, two albums broke the genre into the mainstream.
Doo wop diversified considerably later in the decade, with groups like The Crows "Gee"creating a style of uptempo doo wop and the ballad style via The Penguins "Earth Angel"while singers like Frankie Lymon became sensations; Lymon became the first black teen idol in the country's history after the release of the Top 40 pop hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" He replaced the bawdy women of burlesque with his "respectable" corps of Gaiety Girls to complete the musical and visual fun.
The tendency away from routine was followed with even greater courage in the s by Rodgers and Hart, with Herbert Fields as their librettist.
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