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A City of Song

A cross country roadtrip with songs about St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Big Apple, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, and more.

San Francisco

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The George Cory and and Douglass Cross song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" became a signature song for Tony Bennett. We'll hear him perform it live at the White House with Dave Brubeck in 1962.

From St. Louis, to Chicago, to Atlanta, to the Big Apple, cities have always been a particularly fruitful source of inspiration for the writers of the Great American Songbook. This week on the program, we’re taking a road trip across the United States and exploring some of the finest urban melodies, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett.

Music Heard On This Episode

They Go To San Diego (Tormé)
Mel Tormé — California Suite (Avenue Jazz, 1999)
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They Go To San Diego (Tormé)
Mel Tormé — California Suite (Avenue Jazz, 1999)
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L.A. [Excerpt] (Tormé)
Mel Tormé — California Suite (Avenue Jazz, 1999)
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Manhattan (Rodgers/Hart)
Blossom Dearie — Once Upon a Summertime (Verve, 1992)
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New York City Blues (Jones/Lee)
Peggy Lee — Blues Cross Country (Hallmark, 2013)
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I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco (Wolf)
Kitty Margolis — Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now (Concord, 2006)
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I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Cross/Cory)
Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck — The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (Columbia, 2013)
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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) (Fisher)
Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck — The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (Columbia, 2013)
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Goin' To Chicago Blues (Basie/Rushing)
Jimmy Rushing — One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie (Columbia, 2006)
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My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) (Van Heusen/Cahn)
Frank Sinatra — Ultimate Sinatra: Centennial Collection (Capitol, 2015)
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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) [Excerpt] (Fisher)
Django Reinhardt — Djangologie (EMI, 2009)

Notes: Production Support Music

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Kokomo, Indiana [Excerpt] (Myrow/Gordon)
Vaughn Monroe — Racing With The Moon: An Anthology, 1940-56 (Future Noise, 2011)

Notes: Midpoint Music Bed

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St. Louis Blues (Handy)
Billie Holiday — Lady Day: The Master Takes & Singles (Sony, 2007)
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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? (De Lange/Alter)
Harry Connick, Jr. Featuring Dr. John — 20 (Columbia, 2008)
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Atlanta, GA (Shaftel/Skylar)
Woody Herman — The Essential Woody Herman (Columbia, 2014)
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Tallahassee (Loesser)
Johnny Mercer — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 2009)
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Memphis in June (Carmichael/Webster)
Lucy Ann Polk — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael Box Set (Smithsonian, 1994)
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New York New York Medley (For Me And My Gal, Mack The Knife, Birth Of The Blues, Send A Little Love My Way, How High The Moon, New York New York)
Mel Tormé and George Shearing — The Best of the Concord Years (Concord, 1999)

Notes: (Goetz/Leslie/Meyer; Weill/Blitzstein/Brecht; Ballantine/DeSylva/Henderson; David/Mancini; Hamilton/Lewis; Kander/Ebb)

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I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Cross/Cory)
Count Basie and His Orchestra — This Time By Basie (Reprise, 1993)

Notes: Fadeout Music

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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