Tin Pan Alley


: a district that is a center for composers and publishers of popular music
also : the body of such composers and publishers

Examples of Tin Pan Alley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hints of Cuban clave rhythms, Tin Pan Alley harmonies, Jewish melodies and piano licks swim through its overarching Romantic theme. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The first date on Canal’s U.K. tour was at the Lower Third, an industrial-chic venue on Denmark Street—a street that was once London’s version of Tin Pan Alley and still has a residual, slightly beleaguered music-industry presence. Hugh Morris, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 From earlier eras, the city had spawned minstrelsy, Broadway show tunes, and the Tin Pan Alley recordings, producing superstar performers like Irving Berlin and Tony Bennett. TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 In the ensuing decades, O’Connor continued to produce albums, calling on many different styles, including punk, rap, rasta, hip-hop, torch songs, Tin Pan Alley standards, and Disney showtunes. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 The brassy showtunes of Broadway, the finesse of folk and blues, and the simmering songs of jazz, R&B and Tin Pan Alley’s standards were this lyric baritone’s playgrounds. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 25 Apr. 2023 That pop and rock revolution came after the ages of Manhattan’s Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building songwriting machine, when performers were less likely to write and own their material. Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2022 Here, the duo take on classics by Cole Porter, reigning GOAT of the Tin Pan Alley poets. Joe Gross, Rolling Stone, 29 Sep. 2021 As a child in Ferguson, Mo., Mr. McDonald played banjo to accompany his father, who used to sing Tin Pan Alley and ragtime songs, before moving on to keyboards and Top 40 cover bands. Alan Paul, WSJ, 25 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Tin Pan Alley was in 1908

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“Tin Pan Alley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tin%20Pan%20Alley. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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