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Interpreting Popular Music$
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David Brackett

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225411

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225411.001.0001

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

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

(p.34) Chapter Two Family Values in Music? Billie Holiday's and Bing Crosby's “I'll Be Seeing You'”
Interpreting Popular Music

David Brackett

University of California Press

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

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