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Bing and Louis: A Pocketful of Dreams with Gary Giddins

Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong struck up a friendship in the 1920s that flourished for almost half a century—on stage, in movies, on radio and TV. Under their influence, pop music became infused with the rhythm and tonality of jazz and blues.

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Come Rain or Come Shine: Johnny Mercer in His Own Words

Songwriter Johnny Mercer’s ability to pick just the right slangy phrase and combine it seamlessly with his signature romantic sensibility made Mercer's songs popular with jazz artists, from Billie Holiday to Duke Ellington.

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