Songs of Irving Berlin
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR557     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Francis Thorne, piano and voice Jack Six, bass


“The American Franz Schubert”—George Gershwin

“He is the best all-around, over-all song writer America has ever had”—Alec Wilder

Irving Berlin covers the broadest range of sentiments and styles of all the great American popular song innovators, from the most simple to the most sophisticated. Always his own lyricist, the marriage of words to music is seamless and convincing. As a troubadour of our century, Irving Berlin achieves immortality through impeccable craftsmanship and directness of expression, combined with an ear that has been attuned to his environment with breathtaking sensitivity. How could one disagree with Jerome Kern, who once said, “Irving Berlin is American music.”
—Francis Thorne

Francis Thorne played jazz piano at Manhattan’s Hickory House in the mid-1950s as a protégé of Duke Ellington. He also had extended engagements at Julius Monk’s Upstairs at the Downstairs, Goldies New York and at Ruby’s Cafe in Florence, Italy. After two years of private study with David Diamond, Thorne devoted his primary energies to writing concert music...In addition to singing and playing the piano, Mr. Thorne made the arrangements for the performances on this recording.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Francis Thorne

Songs of Irving Berlin

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Track Listing

Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
Irving Berlin
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Remember
Irving Berlin
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This Year's Kisses
Irving Berlin
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Isn't This a Lovely Day
Irving Berlin
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Everybody Step
Irving Berlin
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Change Partners
Irving Berlin
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There's No Business Like Show Business
Irving Berlin
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When That Midnight Choo-choo Leaves for Alabam'
Irving Berlin
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No Strings
Irving Berlin
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Slumming on Park Avenue
Irving Berlin
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Soft Lights and Sweet Music
Irving Berlin
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They Say It's Wonderful
Irving Berlin
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I'll See You in C-U-B-A
Irving Berlin
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Always
Irving Berlin
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How Deep Is The Ocean
Irving Berlin
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Society Bear
Irving Berlin
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I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
Irving Berlin
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I Used To Be Color Blind
Irving Berlin
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