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Ten Cents a Dance

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0019
Ten Cents a Dance

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Charles B. Cochran invited Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers to do the music for a show which would star Jessie Matthews, now a major name in London. They sent the outline to Cochran, who loved it but told them that he couldn't get to it until after he produced Private Lives. Just prior to the New York opening of Heads Up!, Hart talked to a reporter from the Boston Herald about their changing approach to songwriting. It was laudable; but it would turn out to be entirely the wrong approach with Florenz Ziegfeld. If Ziegfeld believed Rodgers and Hart songs were finer things for finer audiences, he did a great job of concealing it. The story goes that one day he rounded on Hart and Rodgers. Before the afternoon was over, they had completed a plangent, affecting song about a downtrodden dance-hall hostess, “Ten Cents A Dance.”

Keywords: Charles B. Cochran; Lorenz Hart; Richard Rodgers; Jessie Matthews; songwriting; Florenz Ziegfeld

Chapter.  5145 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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