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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Jule Styne

Jule Styne

Born: December 31, 1905, London, England

Died: September 20, 1994, New York, New York

(p.220) Jule Styne
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Jule Styne. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, but also gives data and song information. Styne was born in the slums of London, son of a butter-and-egg man (and sometime wrestler). The family moved to Chicago in 1912, where Styne had a short career as a piano prodigy; a drill-press accident desensitized a finger, and the preteen switched from the concert hall to the burlesque pit. By the mid-1920s Styne was leading his own band on the South Side of Chicago and writing occasional songs as well, including the 1926 pop hit Sunday (words and music by Ned Miller, Chester Cohn, Jules Stein—the composer’s real name—and Bennie Kruger).

Keywords:   Jule Styne, London, Broadway musicals, musical theater, South Side, Chicago

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