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The American songbook is a reflection of our nation’s history, manners, and mores. Songs are powerful things with the ability to make us laugh and cry, bring back memories both fond and not, bolster our courage in times of need, commemorate important events in our history, and help us celebrate milestones in our lives. While all cultures have their own songs, only the American popular song has transcended time and cultures. We still sing standards from over 100 years past and so do millions of people throughout the world. Tin Pan Alley is more than just an address for music publishers and writers, it’s a state of mind that has literally helped to transform America’s history, that of the world, and our lives.

Here is a list of just a few of the songs and stories behind the songs that we have sung to, played to, marched to, and cried to.

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