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EASY  FACTS
Easy Analysis 
Genres > Easy
Easy Facts
About Easy
What we now know as easy listening evolved from the rhythmic syncopation of jazz, combined with the helpful invention of the electric microphone and demographic changes in the United States which led to a new middle-class affluence and increase in leisure time.
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Key events in easy
 Close To Them
In the 70s, The Carpenters introduced easy listening to a new generation. Their wistfully melodic sounds stood in stark contrast to the excessive, gaudy and downright moody glam, prog and punk rockers of the decade -and their record sales are high to this day.

 Frank, Dean And The Guys
Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack; Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine,Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop among them, typified the cool and edgy nature of easy.

 In The Mood
The invention of the Long-Playing record sparks a boom in concept albums -so-called Mood Music -by artists such as Ray Anthony,Paul Weston, Ray Anthony, Mantovani, Ray Coniff and Percy Faith.

 Electric Sounds
The development of the electric microphone allowed Bing Crosby to use his mid-range for singing after he developed nodules on his vocal cords. The Crooner, central to theeasy listeningmood and style, is born.

 Easy's Back
The 1990s saw a resurgence of easy listening, with acts like Andy Williams, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick (pictured above) back in vogue, and a raft of easy listening compilations hit the record shops.


Key easy songwriters
Cole Porter Cole Porter
Berlin's great rival for the exalted position of Greatest Writer of Popular Song In The Last Century is Cole Porter, with songs such as "I've Got You Under My Skin", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Night And Day", "Love For Sale"...

audio icon Easy to love performed by Billie Holiday
audio icon I Get A Kick Out Of You performed by Billie Holliday
audio icon I've Got You Under My Skin  
Irving Berlin Irving Berlin
For a guy who couldn't read music and knew only one key on the piano, Irving didn't do too badly, writing some of the most-famous songs of the 20th Century including "Blue Skies", "Cheek To Cheek", "There's No Business Like Showbusiness".

audio icon Top Hat, White Tie and Tails performed by Fred Astaire
audio icon Cheek to Cheek performed by Billie Holiday
audio icon Say It Isn't So performed by Billie Holiday  
Burt Bacharach Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Bacharach & David updated Easy Listening in the 1960s with a host of effortlessly classy songs for artists like Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield.


Say A Little Prayer Say A Little Prayer performed by Dionne Warwick
Listen to This Guy's In Love With You This Guy's In Love With You, performed by Sacha Distel
look of love The Look Of Love, performed by Dionne Warwick 
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