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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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Ballads for Americans

Ballads for Americans

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The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

Latouche continued his work on Broadway in the late 1930s. He had his work done by Cabaret TAC, and also wrote articles and poems for TAC magazine. Some of his work appeared in such leftist revues as Sunday Night Varieties. He translated a “centerpiece” by Jura Soyfer for a revue given by Austrian refugees. Most notably, he composed “Ballade for Uncle Sam,” along with other pieces for the FTP revue Sing for Your Supper. Premiered in concert form over the radio with Paul Robeson the soloist, this number, with music by Earl Robinson, swept the country for several years. It also was published by Jack Robbins, with whom Latouche would have an important relationship.

Keywords:   Theatre Arts Committee, Jura Soyfer, From Vienna, Sing for Your Supper, antifascism, Ballad for Americans, Earl Robinson, Paul Robeson, Jack Robbins, Robbins Music

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