The Great American Songbook, also known as American Standards, is the canon of the most important and influential American songs from the early and mid-20th century. Included are the most popular and enduring melodies that were created primarily for Broadway musical productions and Hollywood musical films. The Songbook comprises standards by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and many others. This five-part series will present clips from vocalists and arrangers, both past and present, who have interpreted these timeless melodies. Examine how the songs’ placements within the context of a musical show or film added to their historical significance and made them truly unforgettable.