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Pick Yourself UpDorothy Fields and the American Musical$
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Charlotte Greenspan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.001.0001

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Give My Refrains to Broadway

Give My Refrains to Broadway

(p.60) 6 Give My Refrains to Broadway
Pick Yourself Up

Charlotte Greenspan

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Fields' and McHugh's Broadway career. The person who launched McHugh and Fields on Broadway was Lew Leslie, who hired them to write the score for Blackbirds of 1928. Between 1928 and 1930, McHugh and Fields supplied songs for several other revues. Ziegfeld's Midnite Frolic had “stars from the Ziegfeld shows and Paul Whiteman and his entire orchestra,” according to one advertisement. Ben Marden's Palais Royale Revue starred Ethel Waters. They also wrote for a revue for Ben Marden's Riviera. None of the songs for these revues became standards. Nevertheless, McHugh and Fields became a songwriting team to reckon with.

Keywords:   Ziegfeld, women songwriters, Lew Leslie, Broadway, Blackbirds of 1928, Jimmy McHugh

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