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Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Charlotte Greenspan


Dorothy Fields was best known as a lyricist, one of the few women who played a central role in the great period of American popular song from 1920 to 1960. Fields first became prominent writing the lyrics for Cotton Club shows in Harlem in the late 1920s and 1930s, and her most successful collaboration was with the great songwriter Jerome Kern. Her role as a music creator in a world dominated by men makes a fascinating and unusual story — with particular interest for woman today. Dorothy Fields first famous lyrics for the Cotton Club show songs include “I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby ... More

Keywords: Dorothy Fields, Cotton Club, Harlem, Jerome Kern, Swing Time, Rogers and Astaire, women songwriters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195111101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Greenspan, author
Cornell University