Join WDVR’s Grande Dame of Early 20th Century Pop every Sunday from 1-4pm. 3 Hours of hot jazz & swing, vaudeville & novelty songs, British dance bands & music hall artists.

It’s Tin Pan Alley only on WDVR.

The modern music industry begins…. on 28th Street in NYC? A seemingly nondescript street in midtown Manhattan contains some of the most important buildings where early American pop music was created.

Tin Pan Alley Plaque in New York City.

Tin Pan Alley was a bustling and frenzied area, the most creative area of the city, with songwriters — and song pluggers — churning out iconic music. Sing along as Barb presents the greatest songs, songwriters and performers as they created the most influential tunes of the modern music era.

The section of 28th street between 5th and 6th Avenue was known as Tin Pan Alley. In the very early 20th century (as well as the very late 19th century), this section of West 28th street was home to many music publishers. It is believed that the name 'Tin Pan Alley' referred to the cacophony of many pianos being simultaneously played and heard through the open windows of the many music publishing buildings on this block.

About your host, Barb Zentner

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