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TV program on Women Songwriters

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American Masters

Premiere: Wednesday, August 18, 1999, at 9 pm on PBS.
(Check local listings as broadcast times and dates may vary.)

Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley
 Photo: Courtesy of NBC
YOURS FOR A SONG: THE WOMEN OF TIN PAN ALLEY revisits a time when music was poetic and romantic, and had a decidedly feminine touch. "Them There Eyes," "You Oughta Be in Pictures," "What a Difference a Day Makes," "Willow Weep for Me," "Witchcraft," and "Good Morning Heartache" are linked by three common traits. All are classics of American music from the Tin Pan Alley era; all of the songwriters are virtually unknown; and all of the songwriters are women. This one-hour program, hosted and narrated by singer/actress Betty Buckley, looks back at the years between 1920 and 1949, when 178 women joined ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Their work turned up nearly everywhere, from vaudeville to Broadway, from the repertoire of the big band to the movies of Hollywood. One of the better known female composers of the era was Dorothy Fields, whose collection of almost 400 songs includes "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "A Fine Romance." In her long career, she collaborated with Oscar Levant, Cy Coleman, Harold Arlen, and Jerome Kern. Through interviews, rare archival footage, motion picture clips, and photographs, the program documents the lives and work of Fields and other women of Tin Pan Alley.

YOURS FOR A SONG: THE WOMEN OF TIN PAN ALLEY is a co-production of Thirteen/WNET and Lumiere Productions. Susan Lacy is Executive Producer of AMERICAN MASTERS. Jac Venza is Director of Cultural and Arts Programs at Thirteen/WNET.

Funding for AMERICAN MASTERS is provided by Conseco, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rosalind P. Walter, Jack Rudin, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and public television viewers.

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