Love Me Tender tells the stories behind 40 of the world's favourite songs - and some have had truly remarkable origins. Had Robert Burns not heard an old man sing a quavering version of an ancient Scottish country song, we would never have had 'Aud Lang Syne'. Miss Jane Ross wrote down the tune she heard played by a piper at an Irish Village Fair in 1855. Thanks to her, generations of people around the world have been able to enjoy 'Danny Boy'. Some of the songs in this book evolved from folksongs, others from musical theatre, while a few hit the mark because a particular recording appeared at just the right time. In a book full of surprises and curiosities, Max Cryer reveals the fascinating stories behind 40 songs from around the globe featuring artists as diverse as Mario Lanza, Judy Garland, Elton John and Marlene Dietrich.
Songs covered in this book include: Memory, Love Me Tender, Edelweiss, For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, The Star-spangled Banner, Danny Boy, Auld Lang Syne, Hello, Dolly!, Lili Marlene, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Yesterday, White Christmas, Amazing Grace, Home Sweet Home, Moon River, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Begin the Beguine, God Save the King/Queen, I Don't Know How to Love Him, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Galway Boy, I Could Have Danced All Night, Blue Moon, You Made Me Love You, Silent Night, Beyond the Blue Horizon, Ave Maria, Now is the Hour, After the Ball, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Falling in Love Again, Happy Birthday, Candle in the Wind, Waltzing Matilda, Send in the Clowns, Greensleeves, The Loveliest Night of the Year, Bali Ha'i, You Don't Have to Say you Love Me, It's a Long Way to Tipperary
This book would make a fantastic gift for anyone who loves music and trivia.
About the author:
Max Cryer has a lifelong interest in music and trained in piano, double bass and singing. Initially a soloist at Sadler's Wells Opera in London, he soon broadened his musical horizons to encompass cabaret and music theatre. He has played Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Prince Danilo in The Merry Widow, Count Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus and the King in The King and I. In a long career as an entertainer, he undertook seventeen tours in America, including Las Vegas. His fascination with the stories behind the world's favourite songs has uncovered a treasure trove of forgotten facts and intriguing characters. Max Cryer lives in New Zealand, where he is well known through his books, television and radio appearances.
Hardcover, 192 pages.