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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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Jerry Bock

Jerry Bock

Born: November 23, 1928, New Haven, Connecticut

(p.247) Jerry Bock
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Jerry Bock. It opens with an extended commentary of his career, and moves on to giving details on productions, with data and song information. Bock grew up in Flushing, New York, where his father was a salesman. He began playing the piano at nine and was soon writing songs, culminating in his 1945 high school musical Big Dreams, a fundraiser for a Navy hospital ship. In the fall of 1945 he went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison as a music major.

Keywords:   Jerry Bock, composers, Broadway musicals, Flushing, show tunes, Big Dreams

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