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Spotlights, Weekly Columns, Interviews and more from the Great American Songbook Foundation family!

Explore the Songbook Foundation's collection of holiday artifacts from Christmas specials to a snow globe gifted to Rosemary Clooney from Irving Berlin.
Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is not only the most popular holiday song of all time, but holds the title of the best-selling single, with 50 million recordings sold.
Ray Charles, affectionately known at the Songbook Foundation as the “other” Ray Charles, was an arranger who served as the music director of many beloved holiday television specials hosted by Bing Crosby, the Carpenters and Perry Como
Within the bountiful boxes of arrangements from the Andy Williams collection are complete orchestrations from his popular televised Christmas specials.
Natalie Cole’s inspiration for her 1994 holiday album Holly & Ivy came from her father's masterpiece The Magic of Christmas (1960)
How Johnny Mathis' "Heavenly" portrait was saved
Experience includes weeding, trash pickup and lesson on poverty
Dick Schwartz shares his all-time favorite songs of the Great American Songbook in this blog series.
Writer Raj Tawney on his favorite song
Take a look at music and scripts used for Julie Andrews' tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors in the Songbook Library & Archives.
Diane Abrams is a Songbook Foundation docent, pianist for the Perfect Harmony program and serves as a Mentor Champion for the Songbook Academy program for high school students.
Go behind-the-scenes in the stacks to explore our collection of Natalie Cole arrangements!