American Song: The Complete Companion to Tin Pan Alley Song, 1st Edition

  • Includeds Volumes 3 and 4
  • Ken Bloom
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0028654781
  • ISBN-13: 9780028654782
  • DDC: 782.1
  • Shipping Weight: 11.40 lbs ( 5.17 kgs)
  • 2023 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2001 | Published



This follow-up set to American Song, Vols. 1 and 2 explores the work of major pop songwriters from "Tin Pan Alley" not included either in a Broadway show or film from the period 1880 to today. This carefully researched encyclopedia covers 125 composers with hundreds of entries on each. Entries include composer, lyricist and publisher information. From 1880 to present, here are some of the composers covered:

  • Lee Adams
  • Harold Arlen
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Irving Berlin
  • Eubie Blake
  • Ralph Blane
  • Lew Brown
  • Johnny Burke
  • Sammy Cahn
  • Hoagy Carmichael
  • Sidney Clare
  • Betty Comden
  • Hal David
  • Eddie DeLange
  • Howard Dietz
  • Ervin Drake
  • Sammy Fain
  • Dorothy Fields
  • George Gershwin
  • Mack Gordon
  • Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Lorenz Hart
  • Edward Heyman
  • James P. Johnson
  • Irving Kahal
  • Jerome Kern
  • Jimmy McHugh
  • Cole Porter
  • Andy Razaf
  • Billy Rose
  • Jean Schwartz
  • Harry B. Smith
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Roy Turk
  • James Van Heusen
  • Harry Von Tilzer
  • And many others


"Volume 3 of this 4-volume set contains an alphabetic listing of songwriters of standard Tin Pan Alley hits...Each entry begins with a one- or two-paragraph biographical summary. Entries are chronological...Volume 4 contains three indexes. The first index is alphabetic by composer and collaborator...The second index is alphabetic by song title, and the third index is a listing of songs by date of release...These two new works are a must for libraries already owning volumes 1 and 2. They are recommended for major public, academic, and special (music) libraries." -- ARBA (2002)


"[Bloom] covers the people and popular songs of Tin Pan Alley in the broadest sense of that term, for the time period from 1880 to the late twentieth century. Following a short introduction in Volume 3, entries for 164 composers and lyricists (e.g. Dorothy Fields, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) are arranged alphabetically by last name...Volume 4 contains three indexes. Writers who did not get their own entries...are in the collaborator index. The song index list every title alphabetically...The chronological index, arranged by year, lists every song title for that year in alphabetical order, with reference to the songwriter...American Song is the most comprehensive source for data on songs from the musical theater and Tin Pan Alley...with its massive quantities of data...[it] is a major reference work that will be a standard in any music collection. Libraries with the first two volumes (American Song, Volumes 1 & 2, 1996) will certainly want to complete their set." -- Booklist (January 2002)

— Booklist

"Libraries that acquired the first two volumes of Bloom’s American Son (2nd ed., CH, Dec’96) will want these two hefty new additional components. Volume 3 (Songwriters) features 164 composers, 1880-present, who have written at least five standards (a broad concept) in the Tin Pan Alley tradition. Arranged alphabetically by composer, the entries include brief biographies and separate chronological lists of pop and show songs, with collaborators and other basic information. Each entry includes a complete songography of the composer, including works from the theater, film, nightclubs, etc. The collection ranges from such giants as Gershwin, porter,a nd Fain to the generally unfamiliar Otto Motzon and Roy Turk, but since Bloom intentionally omits rock writers, major songwriters such as Leiber and Stoller are absent. Volume 4 provides indexes of collaborators, songs, and chronology, with 54,000 song titles spread over 2,000 pages. Although each volume could stand on its own, the entire four-volme set is a masterly, essential acquistion for all academic and public libraries, to complement Donald Stubblebine’s Broadway Sheet Music (CH, Sep’96) and his Cinema Sheet Music (CH, May’92)." -- Choice (Febraury 2002)

— Choice

"These companion volumes to Bloom’s important American Song (LJ, 7/96) focus on popular songs from the early 1890s to 2000, defining Tin Pan Alley broadly to incorporate tunes ranging from George M. Cohen’s Patriotic Gems to Easy Listening (e.g. Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach)...Although these volumes are presented as Volumes 3 & 4 of American Song, they act as a stand-alone set...Volume 3 is an alphabetical listing by songwriter and lyricist; Volume 4 includes collaborator, title, and chronological indexes...Each songwriter entry begins with a short biographical sketch and the titles of standards for which he or she merits inclusion song titles are then listed chronologically under each of two groupings: ’Pop’ and ’Show’ (which includes film)...Praiseworthy effort...Recommended for all collections owning the previous volumes and all music reference areas as budgets allow." -- Library Journal (November 2001)

— Library Journal

"Bloom has provided a veritable mountain of information on the works of American songwriters in the multivolume books...Tin Pan Alley is one of those books that will make you lose track of time. Nothing of its scope has been attempted since Jack Burton’s 1950 Blue Book of Tin Pan Alley which centered on composers. Bloom has done a much more thorough and comprehensive job in paying tribute to his group of songwriters, including many of the same ones, but of course adding a number who hadn’t even begun writing when Burton’s books was published, making this an invaluable reference work." -- Show Music (Winter 2001)

— Booklist