In Arlen and Harburg’s “Over the Rainbow” (Oxford University Press, 2017) Walter Frisch traces the history of the song “Over the Rainbow” from its inception during the development of The Wizard of Oz‘s screenplay to its various reinterpretations over the course of the ensuing decades. Through analysis of the song’s music and lyrics, this Oxford Keynotes volume provides a close reading of the piece while examining the evolution of its meaning as it traversed widely varying cultural contexts. Featuring a companion website with audio and video supplements.
Michael Elihu Colby. The Algonquin Kid: Adventures Growing Up at New York’s Legendary Hotel. Reminiscences of encounters with celebrities, including Yip, by the grandson of Ben and Mary Bodne, who owned the hotel from 1946 to 1987. BearManor Media, 2015.
Justin Kaplan, General Editor. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 16th Edition. Little, Brown & Company, 1992, p. 699.
Herbert Keyser. Geniuses of the American Musical Theatre: The Composers and Lyricists. Applause Books, 2009. Contains a beautifully illustrated chapter on Yip.
Richard Koszarski. Hollywood on the Hudson: Film and Television in New York from Griffith to Sarnoff, Rutgers University Press, 2008. Several passages of this thorough history discuss Yip’s little-known lyric writing stint at Paramount’s Long Island Astoria Studios from 1929 through the early 1930’s.
John Lahr. Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr. NY: Knopf, 1969.
John Lahr. “The Lemon-Drop Kid” in The New Yorker. Sept. 30, 1996. Reprinted in Honky Tonk Parade, Overlook Press, 2005.
Ethan Mordden. Broadway Babies. NY: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Michael Lasser. America’s Songs II: Songs from the 1890s to the Postwar Years. Routledge, 2013. The second volume in the series, containing material on “Buds Won’t Bud,” “Down with Love,” “Last Night When We Were Young,” “In the Shade of the New Apple Tree” and “Fun to Be Fooled,” the latter lyric written with Ira Gershwin.
Stephen Nelson. “Only a Paper Moon”: The Theatre of Billy Rose. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1985, 1987. This examination of the impresario’s stage career includes a discussion of some of the musical revues to which Yip contributed songs.