Medicine: The Saloon Singer

Part singer, part entertainer, part actor, the successful pop crooner spends the beginning of his career creating his own role and the remainder interpreting it. His songs are mini-dramas about love and sorrow, good times and bad, and if he is good enough, he can convince his audience that he has experienced them all. The great crooners—from Bing Crosby to Dick Haymes to Frank Sinatra—have usually required wide exposure in cinema or TV to get their total message across. Tony Bennett, today's outstanding exemplar of the line, has been very happy to remain,...

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