Many people agree that it is important to preserve the Great American Songbook’s legacy since it reflects the ideals, diversity and passion of their musical heritage. It is taken as the best tool to teach the children about songwriting art and to be able to appreciate the songs that are available by learning how the songs had evolved throughout the years. The songwriter should also learn about the fundamentals of the songs so that he may build on them. There is no perfect way to learn such fundamentals than using the Great American Songbook.
The songs in the Great American Songbook are known to be timeless. They are considered to be jazz standards and they were immortalized in the musicals of Hollywood and Broadway and they are still been given the honor up to now by contemporary singers.
The song in the book where written with phrasing which have the same rhymes, witty and snappy lyrics. It was proven that if lyrics rhyme, they are easy to remember and this is why such songs have always been with the people from a generation to a new one and why such songs had been important in teaching the music now. There are many organizations and foundations who work towards the preservation of these songs and they encourage the learning of such songs in the concert or schools and other media. The songs have become important about what the songwriting and music is and it has an important part in the musical history.
The singers of the songs found in the Great American Songbook started to sing, performed or recorded some parts of the book around 1930. Lee Wiley had been one of the first people who recorded some collection of the book together with other songwriting team. Such as Ira Gershwin with George Gershwin who were followed by Cole Porter in the 1940, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1940 year, Harold Arlen in 1943 year, Irving Berlin in 1951 year with Vincent Youmans in 1951 year. Michael Feinstein has became the dedicated preservationist, revivalist, archivist and a proponent of the Great American Songbook from the year 1970s.
Other people such as Ella Filtzgelard collated the songs from the book when it was still called Songbook. There are also some people who interpreted the songs afterwards. In the 20th century, some contemporary singers revived the songs from the Great American Songbook like Ringo Starr who produced Sentimental Journey album that had 12 standard songs from different musicians. Harry Nilsson, at singer and a songwriter who won a Grammy, in the 1973 produced another album of 12 songs known as The Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night and they were arranged by Gordon Jenkins. The album was then issued at a CD in the year 1988. There are many other singers who recorded the songs and they became successful while some became top hits. Michael Parkinson, a British broadcaster has a part of a program on BBC Radio 2 called Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement and it aired the 1996-1996 which was devoted to such songs.