This wonderful book pays tribute to the lives of early song invators Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Mildred Bailey, Ethel Waters, and the first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald. It also tells a different story about special song star Josephine Baker. Special chapters include legendary Frankie Laine's personal tribute to many big band singers he has kwn; band leader Warren Covington's historical account of the pied pipers singing group who once backed Frank Sinatra and Connie Haines; and world-famous disc jockey Al 'Jazzbeaux' Collins recollection of his legendary fables of the purple grotto. There are special segments horing all of the kwn big band song stars, and even a list of those t so well-kwn. Richard Grudens provides a special insight into the lives of the song stars and provides over 60 exceptional photos to enrich your reading pleasure.
Richard Grudens was initially influenced by Pulitzer Prize dramatist Robert Anderson; New York Herald Tribune columnist Will Cuppy; and detective/mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett, all whom he knew in his early years. Grudens worked his way up from studio page in NBC's studios in New York to news writer for radio news programs, the Bob and Ray Show and the Today Show. He has written over 100 magazine articles on diverse subjects from interviews with legendary cowboy Gene Autry in Wild West Magazine in 1995 to a treatise on the Beach Boys in the California Highway Patrol Magazine, and countless articles on Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Richard Grudens and his wife Madeline, reside in St James, New York.