Wayne Devlin

  Actor/Presenter/Singer/Columnist/Corporate Entertainer  

The Crooner Documentary. How crooning changed the world forever! (in pre-production)

A crooner is a singer of popular songs or, a balladeer. Crooning is more about the technique of the singer rather than any particular style. With the advent of the microphone for radio broadcasting and gramophone recording in the early 1920s, there was less reliance on the power and projection of the singer's voice in order to reach the back of the theatres in which the artiste performed. With subtlety and clever phrasing the crooner, usually accompanied by an orchestra, sang his way through the evergreen standards that formed the Great American Songbook. The jazz and swing bands of the 1920s and 1930s often featured crooners who incorporated the influences of the changing music trends into their repertoire. Remaining in the forefront of popular music until displaced by the rock 'n' roll revolution of the 1950s, some of them remain popular in the easy listening category of today.

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