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The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Song Book

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The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Dick Robinson, a key player in the radio industry for nearly 50 years.  Dick founded the organization in response to what he saw as the degradation of music and the general unavailability of the American Standards from our past in today’s society.

"Many seniors can’t find the wonderful music from their pasts that was popular during the greatest moments of their lives, such as their first date, first concert, wedding, and many more.  We don’t want today’s foul-mouthed and misogynistic music to be the soundtrack for our children’s special memories while the incredible music from our past simply slips away.  We want to foster the more wholesome traditions and values represented by the era of the Great American Songbook."

The Great American Songbook refers to the golden era of American songwriting which took place from roughly the 1920s to the 1960s.  This time of uniquely American popular music, also known as “American Standards,” was an essential part of Broadway theatre and Hollywood musicals.  Devotees of the Great American Songbook feel that the musical and lyrical sophistication its songs remains unequaled to this day.

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Welcome. 

This page will give you an overview of the project that is The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.  There are many factors, including the simple passage of time, that threaten to obliterate this valuable page of Americana — neglect should not be one of them.

This grassroots initiative has the very simple objective of not only physically preserving the music itself, but to foster an understanding — or an appreciation, for  lack of any better words — of this valuable genre.

In this day and age, there is no excuse for not assembling an infrastructure to insure that people worldwide, and for generations to come, understand the contribution The Great American Songbook has made to history the musical arts.

Some GAS Challenges:

  - On Preservation ... Ranging from archives of sheet music, vinyl records and even film, these historical artifacts must be physically preserved for the benefit of generations to come. 

There are many challenges The Society faces in preserving the music itself, including physical and digital long-term storage.

  - Education ... Without a concentrated effort, the knowledge-base of GAS will simply disappear.  From the simple melodies of the genre to the sophisticated orchestrations of some of history's best artists, this music was an important part of the soundtrack of the century.

In these days of shrinking school budgets and declining resources, the chances of the intricacies of GAS are destined to be lost.  The Society and its many supporters -- including so many of the form's living artists -- are willing to share their insight toward the eventual creation of a sophisticated curriculum.  With the realities of today's educational terrain, this may be a major portion of all the music education students in the future may be exposed to.

It certainly would be unfortunate if today's pop music, was in time, allowed to disintegrate into music's classic-standard due to lack of documentation

It is a goal of The Society to support the creation of a curriculum for use by educators nationwide, or even worldwide.

  - Recognition ... The history of rock and roll is well documented thanks to many benefactors.  There are many stars and immortal icons who have contributed to America's Standards. 

  - Distribution ... The music lives on, thanks in part to many radio stations that devote themselves to programming GAS music, on either a full or part-time basis.  Sadly, as time goes on, market pressures force many of these station to shift programming to other, more mainstream formats.

The Society has made a commitment to provide continuous source of the GAS standards, both digitally over the Internet, and via syndicated special programs delivered at no cost (thanks to underwriters) to radio and television stations that would not otherwise have the resources to develop, original programming of the same quality.

Dick Robinson currently hosts American Standards by the Sea and a companion television program that continues to bring the classic GAS music, performed by the original artists, as well as modern-day performers such as Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow and other's who have embraced this timeless catalog.

Thanks for exploring, and thanks for your support of, The Great American Songbook.

                                                                                                        GreggxSimonsen

                                                                                                        (206) 236-5145

 

 

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK PROJECT ...

The Society for the Preservation of The Great American Song Book ...

WEBSITE

Dick Robinson's American Music By The Sea, Radio Broadcast ...

LISTEN TO A TYPICAL EPISODE OF THE SHOW

WEBSITE

LIST OF TYPICAL STATION AFFILIATES

 

 

THE "ORIGINAL G.A.S. STATION" Original 24/7 NON-COMMERCIAL STREAM ...

 CLICK HERE:  THE ORIGINAL GAS STATION 24/7 NON-COMMERCIAL AUDIO STREAM

"GAS" ON FACEBOOK  |  DECEMBER 31, 2011, INTERNET BLOG ENTRY ON "GAS-STATION"

   
 

 

DICK ROBINSON ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the sixties and into the seventies, Dick Robinson ruled nighttime radio in Southern New England.

Dick Robinson was the confidante of tens of thousands of teenage listeners at a time when radio personalities were major celebrities.

Eventually, moving into sales, becoming vice president and station manager of WDRC Dick eventually moved into station ownership.

Through his primary business, The Connecticut School of Broadcasting, he is responsible for thousands of broadcast careers — including many professionals heard daily on major radio stations, radio and TV networks nationwide.

Dick is currently President of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook and hosts an Internationally syndicated radio program, American Standards by the Sea, aired from this yacht "Airways."

Dick Robinson is Founder and President of the non-profit organization, the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook (www.preserveourgas.org).

This 501(c)(3) was created to make the public aware, especially children and young adults, of what Dick believes to be the greatest music ever recorded.

As former President of the American Heart Association of Palm Beach, Dick Robinson is also President of the Palm Beach Round Table and serves on the Boards of many charities and arts organizations including the American Cancer Society, Palm Beach Pops and LIFE.

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FRANK SINATRA       

MICHAEL BUBLE

ROSEMARY CLOONEY

NATALIE COLE

JACK JONES

TONY BENNETT

MEL TORME

STEVE LAWRENCE AND EDIE GORME

 

 

 

MUSEUMS:

The "GAS" project is ripe for a sophisticated display featuring artifacts and other memorabilia from the genre.  A dedicated space to serve as a "museum" could easily become a major attraction.  We've assembled some noteworthy museums of different sizes and subject matters, simply to serve as idea-starters as we contemplate undertaking a new "GAS" attraction.

  

    

 

   

VOCAL GROUP,

SHARON, PA

ROCK & ROLL,

CLEVELAND, OH

COUNTRY MUSIC,

NASHVILLE, TN

BASKETBALL,

SPRINGFIELD, MA

NASCAR,

CHARLOTTE, NC

BLUEGRASS,

NASHVILLE

FLORIDA SPORTS,

AUBURNDALE, FL

 

  HALLS OF

  FAME         

  DIRECTORY

WWE,

STAMFORD, CT

BASEBALL,

COOPERSTOWN

HOCKEY.

TORONTO, ON

SONGWRITERS,

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DANCE HALL MUSIC, NYC

WIKIPEDIA LIST OF OTHER HALLS OF FAME

 
 

This is a meaningful initiative, worthy of serious thought.

SPGAS is supported by a number of credible entities. It could, at once, be fun and meaningful.

Thanks for looking.

                                                  Gregg

                                                  (413) 303-0431

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