Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook. William "PoPsie" Randolph/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz
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Warner Archives
Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town
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Audra McDonald (left) and Norm Lewis play the title characters in a new and controversial take on Porgy and Bess. Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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'Porgy And Bess': Messing With A Classic
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70 Years of Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess'
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'No Place Like Home' Series: 'Over the Rainbow'
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George Gershwin making alterations to the score for 'Porgy and Bess'. Renato Toppo/Getty Images hide caption

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'Porgy and Bess'
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