George M. Cohan: Beating Heart of Broadway by David Soren

George M. Cohan (July 3, 1878 Providence, Rhode Island- November 18, 1942 New York City) is considered by most scholars of theatre and vaudeville to be the most important figure in the history of musical theater. He was not particularly talented in the classic sense-- his dancing was more hoofing and his singing voice had trouble reaching notes and ended up speaking the lines much of the time. Nor was he a great technical musician. But Cohan grew up performing in vaudeville and was already a veteran by age 8.