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Family Values in Music? Billie Holiday's and Bing Crosby's “I'll Be Seeing You'”

David Brackett

in Interpreting Popular Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520225411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225411.003.0002
Family Values in Music? Billie Holiday's and Bing Crosby's “I'll Be Seeing You'”

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This chapter compares Bing Crosby and Billie Holiday's recorded renditions of the song I'll Be Seeing You. It highlights the differences in terms of the way the public and music industry treated these performers and their recordings, the amount of radio play received, and the degree and kind of press coverage and quantity of copies bought. It explores the impact of institutional factors on the reception of a musician's work as well as the impact of these factors on the critical status and popularity of a performer.

Keywords: I'll Be Seeing You; Bing Crosby; Billie Holiday; music industry; recordings; radio play; press coverage; institutional factors

Chapter.  14996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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