This Week's 'Believe Your Ears' Podcast: Early Female Pop Songwriters

Monday, 04 March 2013 06:10 AM Written by 

This week's "Believe Your Ears" Music podcast will honor Women's History Month by looking at pop (not rock) standards written or co-written by women, tunes that have ended up in the Great American Songbook We'll play clips from versions recorded by women, even if male vocalists had the bigger hit recordings.

This is the podcast link.

We've done this twice in the past, starting in 2010 with a podcast honoring pioneer female rockers and proto-rockers, starting in the 40's.  

2012's tribute looked at early female country singers who came along before Patsy Cline or Kitty Wells.

We have 12 numbers for this week, and of course there were some we didn't have room for, but worthy of note. Here are two:

Bessie Smith singing her 1927 composition "Backwater Blues," accompanied by the great stride pianist James P. Johnson.

"The Way You Look Tonight" was a collaboration between lyricist  Dorothy Fields, who also co-wrote "Exactly Like You" and "Pick Yourself Up" with Jimmy McHugh writing the melody. She co-wrote "The Way You Look Tonight" with an even heavier hitter: Jerome Kern.  This is a 2004 version by jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux with William Galison on harmonica.

 

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