Songbook1–If You Haven’t Checked Out This Music Blog, Do So Soon Or It Might Be Gone!

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Hello everyone!  Hope you are getting ready to have a great Fourth of July.  I want to encourage you, if you have never been there before or if it’s been a while since you visited, to check out a fantastic repository of music information at the music blog Songbook1.


We did a review of Songbook 1, and I can’t praise this site highly enough.  It is a vast repository of information about songs and singers from the beginnings of jazz all the way up to 1954.


There is so much information on this site that at first it might feel a little overwhelming.


My suggestion is to look at the right-hand side of the screen, and begin to slowly scroll down.


On the side of the screen is listed all of the different categories available for you to visit.  Then start clicking on the ones that interest you.  You’ll find Burt Bachrach information, as well as vast information on Jobim, Bing Crosby, Harold Arlen, so many more–this is just off the top of my head.


What I love about this site is that a song will be listed.  There will be an introduction about the song, and then will follow all of the video performances of that song.  I don’t know where the writer of this blog, who goes by the name of “Doc”, finds all of these videos, but you will love them.


I also love the huge number of photographs of classic singers.  If you are researching a classic cabaret or nightclub singer, you will likely find information and photos here.


If you are researching a song to include in a cabaret show, this is a great blog to visit.


I encourage you to visit soon, as Doc is considering stopping work on this blog.


After you have visited, you can understand that it takes many hours every day just to maintain the site, let alone all the research involved for each blog post.


If you feel so inclined, I think that it would be a great encouragement to the blog owner if you subscribe to the site and leave comments for him when you visit a post.

There are so few good classic music blogs that offer information for cabaret enthusiasts, and I would hate to see this one die on the vine, so head over there and have a visit and see what you think.


Till next time, 

Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays:  Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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2 Responses to Songbook1–If You Haven’t Checked Out This Music Blog, Do So Soon Or It Might Be Gone!

  1. Jim Radcliff says:

    Wow, That’s quite a plug Athena. Thanks. You’re the best.

    I believe you may be the first one to designate Songbook as a “cabaret site.” Which reminds me that I have a Hildegarde post you might be interested in. But I don’t know…there are different definitions of “cabaret.”

    Looks like I might have published it accidentally on January 31 this year, during early construction, then immediately removed it. And came back to it for a few days in May to add some more material, only to forget about it shortly thereafter. I’ll see if I can get that finished soon. I do have a Hildegarde Sell slide show, here:

    There’s a small Michael Feinstein page, and a list of links to recordings (some live) of what I loosely refer to as cabaret, under the title Carbaret Corner. I really only know Mandy Patinkin from his appearances on TV talk shows such as David Letterman, Larry King, and Charlie Rose.

    At first I meant Cabaret Corner as a place for outrageous (Hot Voodoo, featuring Marlene Dietrich in the 1932 film Blonde Venus), comic (Who’s Your Little Who-Zis? – 1932, Who Stole the Jam? – 1938, Spiek Jones), peculiar (Cab Calloway) and virtuosic dancers and dance teams).

    The variety shows of the 1960s and 70s: Smothers Brothers, Carol Burnett, Flip Wilson, Sonny & Cher, etc. They were like our vaudeville.

    The Hollywood Revue of 1929 ( is like a series of cabaret performances. I’d consider the “Happy Feet” sequence of the film King of Jazz (1930) cabaret.

    And one of my my very favorite clips on the entire site is the 1928 performance of “Hello Bluebird” by Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields ( If that’s not cabaret, then I’m cabbage.