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Afterglow Goes To Town

We'll go uptown, downtown and crosstown this week on Afterglow with top-drawer performers of American popular song.

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The biggest town of all: Manhattan at night.

Afterglow is out and about on the town this week with music from Frank Sinatra (including a song written by none other than Rod McKuen–yes, that Rod McKuen), Dakota Staton, Julie London, Mel Torme, Mark Murphy and other top-drawer performers of American popular song.

We’ll go uptown, downtown and crosstown as well with Duke Ellington, Anita O’Day and Petula Clark.

Listen to another “Crosstown” (different from the Ellington tune featured in the show) by the Glenn Miller Orchestra:

Music Heard On This Episode

Big Town Blues
Bob Dorough — Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael (Challenge, 2002)
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Big Town Blues
Bob Dorough — Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael (Challenge, 2002)
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I've Been to Town
Frank Sinatra — A Man Alone (Reprise, 1969)
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A Stranger in Town
Mel Torme — The Collection (Rhino/WEA, 1996)
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Let Me Off Uptown
Anita O'Day/Roy Eldridge — Let Me Off Uptown (Sony , 1999)
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Crosstown
Duke Ellington — 1946-47 (Hindsight, 1992)
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Downtown
Petula Clark — Ultimate Petula Clark (Buddha, 2003)
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It's the Talk of the Town
Harry James — Eight Bar Riff (Hep, 2007)
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It's the Talk of the Town
Dakota Staton — Congratulations to Someone (LRC, 2003)
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On the Town
Frank Sinatra — In Hollywood 1940-64 (Reprise/Warners, 2002)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Get Out of Town
Julie London — All Through The Night (Capitol, 2007)
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I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
Louis Jordan — Let the Good Times Roll (MCA, 1999)
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Lulu's Back in Town
Fats Waller — Breakin' the Ice (RCA, 1995)
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Back o' Town Blues
Louis Armstrong — Best of Complete RCA Victor (RCA, 2000)
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Lonesome Town
Mark Murphy — Hip Parade/Playin' the Field (DRG, 2006)
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Lonely Town
Chris Connor — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (Atlantic/WEA, 1994)
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It's a Lonesome Old Town
Frank Sinatra — Only the Lonely (Capitol, 1998)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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