American pop

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American pop is pop music in the United States. American folk singer Pete Seeger defined pop music as "professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music".[1]

An early genre of American pop music was the swing craze, a popular dance style in the early part of the 20th century.[2]

Jazz artist Rudy Vallée became what was perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop star.[3] Vallée became the most prominent and, arguably, the first of a new style of popular singer, the crooner.[3]

One of the most successful crooners was Bing Crosby. Crosby cited popular singer Al Jolson as one of his main influences. Crosby was in turn cited by Perry Como.[4] Crosby also influenced this singing of Frank Sinatra;[5] Crosby and Sinatra sang together in the 1956 film High Society.[6]

American pop musical examples from the 1960s include The Monkees.[7] Pop groups like these remained popular into the 1970s, producing family acts like the Partridge Family and The Osmonds.[citation needed] By the late 1990s, there were numerous varieties of Teen pop including singers like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Samantha Mumba and Clean-cut boy bands like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, 98° and girl groups such as The Spice Girls and Destiny's Child.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Play A Simple Melody: American pop music in the early fifties" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  2. ^ Garofalo, Reebee (1997). Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA. Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 0-205-13703-2.
  3. ^ a b Whitcomb, Ian. "The Coming of the Crooners". Sam Houston University. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  4. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 3, side B.
  5. ^ Friedwald, Will (2010). A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Pantheon Books. p. 116. ISBN 9780307379894.
  6. ^ Gilliland 1969, show 22.
  7. ^ Gilliland 1969, show 44.