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Five Decades of Hits with the Expansion of Popular Decade by Decade Series

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Alfred Music Publishing, a leading provider of high-quality music products since 1922, is excited to release 50 years of amazing hits with five new songbooks—Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, each packed with more than 200 pages of top-selling sheet music arranged for piano and voice, including chord grids for guitar. An outgrowth of Alfred’s already popular “easy piano” Decade by Decade series arranged by Dan Coates, the new piano/vocal editions feature non-simplified, true-to-the-recording arrangements that will delight the hobbyist or professional musician who seek sheet music from their favorite decade in pop music history.

Containing more than 50 of the most popular hits during the 1950s, Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1950s is complete with the decade's most popular hits. Enjoy songs by vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole, vocal groups such as The Four Aces, and rock-and-roll teen sensations including Fats Domino and many more. Titles: Best Is Yet to Come (Frank Sinatra) * Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino) * Earth Angel (The Penguins) * From This Moment On (Cole Porter) * Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) * Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (Karen Chandler) * Just in Time (Tony Bennett) * Lipstick on Your Collar (Connie Francis) * Orange Colored Sky (Nat "King" Cole) * Satin Doll (Duke Ellington) * Shake, Rattle and Roll (Bill Haley and His Comets) * Splish Splash (Bobby Darin) * Wake Up, Little Susie (Everly Brothers) * When I Fall in Love (Doris Day) * and many more.

 


 

During the 1960s, the rise of the counterculture movement influenced bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and more. It also saw the creation of folk rock, pioneered by artists such as Bob Dylan and The Mamas and the Papas. Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1960s is chock-full of the amazing music created during this decade, with each song sure to spark a memory or create a new one for pianists or vocalists of all ages. Titles: All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) * Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (5th Dimension) * Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles) * Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul and Mary) * Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan) * Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett) * Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (B.J. Thomas) * (What a) Wonderful World (Sam Cooke) * When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge) * Wipe Out (The Surfaris) * You Can't Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones) * and many more.

 

The 1970s brought awareness to many societal topics—human rights, economy, and the rise of rock. This epic time period saw the beginning and rise of many legendary acts such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and many more. Containing more than 45 of the most popular hits during the 1970s, Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1970s is filled with the decade's top songwriters and biggest stars. Titles: All My Love (Led Zeppelin) * Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) * Cat's in the Cradle (Harry Chapin) * Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) * Dancing Queen (ABBA) * Hotel California (Eagles) * How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees) * Killing Me Softly with His Song (Roberta Flack) * Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) * Moondance (Van Morrison) * Roundabout (Yes) * Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver) Wild Horses (The Rolling Stones) * and many more.

 

 

Recognized as an era of synthesizers and keyboards, the 1980s left a lasting-impression on the music industry as it saw the introduction of music videos with the launch of MTV. Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1980s offers more than 40 of the most popular hits during this avant-garde decade. For practice, performance, or pleasure, play and sing your way through this amazing decade in pop music history! Titles: Beat It (Michael Jackson) * Bizarre Love Triangle (New Order) * Careless Whisper (Wham!) * Celebration (Kool & the Gang) * Crazy for You (Madonna) * Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) * Jenny (867-5309) (Tommy Tutone) * Jump (Van Halen) * Rapper's Delight (Sugarhill Gang) * The Spirit of Radio (Rush) * Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns n’ Roses) * Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper) * Touch of Grey (Grateful Dead) * and many more.

 

 

The 1990s included three major trends in music, the emergence of alternative rock, hip hop beginning to dominate the Top 40, and the growing craze related to the teen pop phenomenon. Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1990s showcases the diverse catalog released during this decade with each song is sure to spark a memory or create a new one for pianists or vocalists of all ages. Titles: All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow) * Amazed (Lonestar) * Basket Case (Green Day) * Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve) * Hero (Mariah Carey) * I Swear (All-4-One) * I'll Be There for You (Theme from "Friends") (Rembrandts) * I'll Stand by You (Pretenders) * Livin' la Vida Loca (Ricky Martin) * Losing My Religion (R.E.M.) * Macarena (Los del Rio) * Over the Rainbow (Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo‘ole) * Right Now (Van Halen) * She Talks to Angels (Black Crowes) * Smooth (Santana featuring Rob Thomas) * and many more.

 

Play the Hits! Decade by Decade 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s piano/vocal songbooks are now available for $19.95 each. Pick up your copies at a local music retail store, or buy them today online.