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Lighting up movie palaces right after Franklin Roosevelt took office, 42nd Street was the ultimate Busby Berkeley musical, yolking black jazz and Russian-Jewish yearning of songwriters Al Dunin and Harry warren to the energy of a particular time and place. Bluesman supreme Jim Byrnes gives us a guided tour, with Chris Davis’s trumpet blowing down the doors of Times Square.
Come and meet those dancing feet, On the avenue I'm taking you to,
Hear the beat of dancing feet, It's the song I love the melody of,
Little nifties from the Fifties, Innocent and sweet;
Shady ladies from the Eighties, Who are indiscreet.
Side by side, they're glorified. Where the underworld can meet the elite,