The Great American Song Book
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK
First of all, you need to know that this is my favourite genre. I have researched the eligibility of songs exhaustively and the list is pretty impressive!
My aim is to gradually record more songs with my own arrangements or to include some I have done in collaboration with others.
People often refer to The Great American Songbook as if it’s a physical book with a list of songs. But there’s no such thing. It’s just a construction that you can find quite a few versions of.
People always debate which songs should earn a place in the “book.”
The list below – and the Spotify playlist tied to it – includes the songs that most agree should be in there.
In total, there are 275 tracks and 14 hours of music.
The Great American Songbook is said to represent the best, most influential composers from the 20th century and their songs.
Surprisingly, though, there are no songs from the latter part of the century. When rock’n’roll was born, the book closed for some reason.
Instead, the focus is Broadway musicals, Hollywood films and theater stages. Big names among the composers are Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers/Hammerstein and George/Ira Gershwin and we hear the songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Billie Holliday, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith and many others.
The Great American Songbook is not only a piece of American history and music heritage, it’s also packed with great, great songs.
So drop your guard.
Deep down inside you love this, don’t you?
THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG BOOK
All instrumental arrangements by Susie Drage
Vocals with accompanists
Baby, It's Cold Outside (Vocal Duet)
Boy from Ipanema
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Cheek to Cheek
Cry Me a River (Vocal)
Embraceable You (Vocal)
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Fly Me to the Moon
Georgia on my Mind (Vocal)
How Insensitive (Vocal)
I Have Grown Accustomed to Your Face
I Only Have Eyes for You
I'll Be Seeing You
I'm in the Mood for Love (Vocal)
I've Got You Under My Skin
Long Ago and Far Away (Vocal)
Love is a Many Splendoured Thing
Loved Walked In (Vocal)
Making Whoopee (Vocal)
Moonlight in Vermont (Susie arrangement & Vocal)
Moonlight in Vermont (Vocal)
My Funny Valentine (CVP809 2021)
Oh, Lady Be Good
On a Slow Boat to China
On the Street Where You Live
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Over the Rainbow
Paper Moon, It;s Only
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
So in Love
Someone to Watch Over Me (Instrumental)
Someone to Watch Over Me (Vocal)
Take the A Train
Taking a Chance on Love
Tea for Two
The Lady is a Tramp
The Nearness of You
The Shadow of Your Smile (Vocal)
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can't Take That Away FromMe
They Say It's Wonderful (Vocal)
Three Coins in the Fountain
Time After Time
We Kiss in a Shadow (Vocal)
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (Vocal)
Where Are You (Vocal)
Where or When (Vocal)
White Christmas (Vocal)
Young at Heart
Younger Than Springtime