This edition: Alex Leonard on Harry WarrenTweet
Original tape date: August 31, 2016.
First aired: August 31, 2016.
ITALICS attends an outdoor performance of Harry Warren’s classics at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island. Oscar-winning composer of such hits as "Lullaby of Broadway," Harry Warren was the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film, including the first blockbuster on-screen musical “42nd Street.” Born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, Warren wrote over 800 songs, among them "At Last," rendered beloved to the modern listener by Etta James’s powerful voice. Alex Leonard performs some of Warren’s standards and gives a history of famous Italian American crooners who also sang his songs.
Alex Leonard Pianist/Vocalist
Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean & Executive Director, Calandra Institute, Queens College/CUNY