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The 1920s began a decade of change in the American arts Jazz along with such inventions as the phonograph radio and sound movies transformed the music industry With its concentration of theaters and publishing houses New York became the center of the music world and at the center of New York was a small area called Tin Pan Alley where musicians would play their songs for publishers and producers Synthesizing jazz ragtime and popular ballads the musicians of Tin Pan Alley created a brand of song that was witty urbane and sophisticated Though never as famous as Gershwin or Berlin there were four women Dorothy Fields Kay Swift Dana Suesse and Ann Ronell whose prolific work was at the heart of Tin Pan Alley Dorothy Fields was born and raised in New York and began her career as a lyricist there In a career that spanned five decades she collaborated with some of the greats of the industry With Jimmy McHugh she wrote I Cant Give You Anything But Love and the anti-Depression classic On the Sunny Side of the Street and with composer Jerome Kern she wrote the classic score for the film SWING TIME which included A Fine Romance and The Way You Look Tonight the song earned them both an Academy Award Upbeat and witty lyrics like those written with Cy Coleman for Big Spender and If My Friends Could See Me Now became instant classics Composer Kay Swift had her first hit at the age of thirty-four with the song Cant We Be Friends A year later in 1930 she wrote the entire score of the Broadway musical FINE AND DANDY which ran for two hundred and thirty-six performances and whose title song continued to be performed long after While writing scores for Radio City Music Hall productions Swift met her second husband He was a rancher at the 1939 Worlds Fair where she was working as a music director Her
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