Tin-pan-alley meaning

A district associated with musicians, composers, and publishers of popular music.
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The publishers and composers of popular music considered as a group.
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The district of Manhattan where many songwriters and publishers of popular music were once based.
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The publishers, writers, and promoters of popular music, esp. those of the late 19th and early 20th cent.
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District in New York City centered on 28th Street during the period roughly from 1885 to the 1920's where thousands of popular songs were commercially written.
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Origin of tin-pan-alley

  • Probably from tin pan tinny piano alley (from the cheap pianos associated with music publishers' offices)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition