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Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook

Airs Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Hosted by musician and musicologist Michael Feinstein (pictured), "The Great American Songbook" offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films ever made.

Throughout a long golden era, the American movie musical transformed Hollywood into a Mecca for the biggest singing stars and leading songwriters of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Hosted by musician and musicologist Michael Feinstein, "The Great American Songbook" offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films ever made.

With stars ranging from Al Jolson to Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, and sounds from the Gilded Age to New Orleans jazz to Broadway musicals, "The Great American Songbook" tells the story of the first 50 years of American popular music. Whether it was from the vaudeville stage or Tin Pan Alley, on the radio or the record player, it all found its way to the silver screen.

This treasure trove of musical clips overflows with the very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and many more artists.

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