Give My Refrains to Broadway

Charlotte Greenspan

in Pick Yourself Up

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195111101
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865703 | DOI:

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   Give My Refrains to Broadway

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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

Chapter.  5554 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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