Tin Pan Alley

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Tin Pan Alley paved the way for musical entertainment that we enjoy to this day. According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The term “Tin Pan Alley” originally referred to W. 28th Street in New York around 1910 when during it’s heyday because songwriters would be creatively banging around on lower end pianos that you could hear from the street. Tin Pan Alley was the basis for traditional music that surrounds us to this day. Without the pianos that wailed their tunes through publisher’s doors beginning in 1880, people would have been deprived of the musical entertainment that Tin Pan Alley so strongly influenced. From Vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood musical movies, to ragtime, jazz, swing, and rock and roll, all the way to television variety shows after the depression; the pianos of Tin Pan Alley are credited for laying the foundation for the many entertainments that have endured for over two hundred years. Before radio, people had pianos for entertainment purposes. This made Tin Pan Alley’s technique of having musicians pump out songs to then sell sheet music to consumers profitable since more often than not Tin Pan Alley’s publishers only paid a modest flat rate per song. The publishers had “pluggers” that they would pay to incorporate songs into acts in front of consumers. In doing this they created a synergy with the live entertainment industry that got consumers to buy sheet music as well as tickets to live entertainment acts. This tradition of selling a song and not necessarily the artist is now known as the Tin Pan Alley tradition. The musicians that put Tin Pan Alley on the map are names that most of us will recognize as legends of their time. Some of the names inducted into The Songwriters hall of fame include: Duke Ellington and Scott Joplin recognized for their contributions to ragtime, jazz, swing, big band and the 12-bar progression that has
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