Me and My Father's Shadow: A Daughter's Quest and Biography of Ted Lewis "The Jazz King"

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Me and My Father's Shadow is both biography and autobiography woven together. It tells the story of Ted Lewis, “The Jazz King," who was the originator of The Big Bands, and considered by many of his contemporaries as the most famous and highest paid bandleader, recording artist, entertainer, and movie/radio/television personality of the twentieth century. This quest and biography is told by his daughter, and only child, whom he never knew. The story is also about famed restaurants such as Reisenwebers and Rectors, vaudeville/burlesque theaters, and nightclub stages that blazed with the names of Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, and Will Rogers, plus hundreds of other stars made famous by the Hammersteins, Shuberts, and Ziegfelds. It is about Tin Pan alley, The Great White Way, and an infant movie industry destined to grow and mature into even greater celebrity. Ted Lewis is essential to this era's story, and most of the book highlights his remarkable rise to fame, his life-long love affair with Show Business, his fellow entertainers who loved him, and the magic he exuded on and off stage.

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Left Flap: Summary of book contents; Me And My Father's Shadow is both biography and autobiography woven together. It tells the story of Ted Lewis, "The Jazz King," who was the originator of The Big Bands, and considered by many of his contemporaries as the most famous and highest paid bandleader, recording artist, entertainer, and movie/radio/television personality of the twentieth century. This quest and biography is told by his daughter and only child, whom he never knew. The story is also about famed restaurants such as Reisenwebers and Rectors, vaudeville/burlesque theaters, and nightclub stages that blazed with the names of Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, and Will Rogers, plus hundreds of other stars made famous by the Hammersteins, Shuberts, and Ziegfelds. It is about Tin Pan Alley. The Great White Way, and an infant movie industry destined to grow and mature into even greater celebrity. Ted Lewis is essential to this era's story, and most of the book highlight's his remarkable rise to fame, his life-long love affair with Show Business, his fellow entertainers who loved him, and the magic he exuded on and off stage.Right Flap: Short bio.of author

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The author, Dawn Williams, was a graduate student in a Journalism Master Degree program at the University of Southern California (USC) when she learned that she was the daughter of Ted Lewis, “The Jazz King”. This book is her father’s biography, along with the story of an era, aflame with the glitz and glamour of the 1900s. Me and My Father’s Shadow is her first non-fiction book. “Without this biography, the musical and showmanship genius of Ted Lewis would be lost forever.” Born in Hollywood, and raised in Southern California, she continues to write full-time, working in non-fiction as well as children’s books, poetry, and someday even novels.

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