Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender by Max Cryer

The Stories Behind the World's Best-loved Songs

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711229112
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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In 1855, Miss Jane Ross transcribed the melody played by a piper at an Irish village fair. Had she not, the world would never have heard “Danny Boy.” If Robert Burns had missed an old man’s quavering rendition of an ancient Scottish country song, New Year’s revelers would be singing a different tune. A sentimental song from a Civil War-era minstrel show morphed into one of Elvis’ biggest hits. Love Me Tender reveals the surprising origins of these and other favorite songs. Some evolved from folksongs, some from musical theater, while others just came along at the right time. In some cases, a single word made all the difference: Paul McCartney changed “scrambled eggs” to “yesterday” and a classic was born. With stories from all over the world, and from artists as diverse as Bing Crosby, Big Mama Thornton, and T. S. Eliot, Love Me Tender is a delightful read for every music lover.
Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711229112
Illustrations: 26 B&W photographs, 5 B&W illustrations
Size: 5.5 in x 7.75 in x 0.75 in / 139.7 mm x 196.85 mm x 19.05 mm