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A City Of Song

Helen Forrest's ode to Cincinnati, Nina Simone's lament for Baltimore, and much more.

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The capital of Georgia is just one of our musical stopping points on this week's Afterglow.

Why does Johnny Mercer hate Salt Lake City? Why is Tex Beneke so fond of Nashville? And what state of mind is Carmen McRae usually in when she swings through San Francisco? Find out as we tour urban vantage points across the United States on this week’s Afterglow.

Music Heard On This Episode

Chicago
Tony Bennett/Count Basie — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (Blue Note, 1990)
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Chicago
Tony Bennett/Count Basie — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (Blue Note, 1990)
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Manhattan
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings The Rodgers And Hart Songbook (Polygram, 1997)
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Baltimore
Nina Simone — Baltimore (Sony, 2008)
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I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco
Carmen McRae — Portrait Of Carmen (Collectables, 2001)
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Cincinnati
Helen Forrest — Help Yourself To My Heart (Sepia, 2004)
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Goin' To Chicago Blues
Jimmy Rushing/Count Basie — America's #1 Band (Sony, 2003)
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Down In Nashville, Tennessee
Tex Beneke — 'S Wonderful: Rare Recordings Of The 1950s (Sepia, 2006)
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Memphis In June
Hoagy Camichael — Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Blue Note, 2000)
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Manhattan Serenade (midpoint music bed)
Jo Stafford/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Gentleman Of Swing (RCA, 2005)
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Atlanta, GA
Woody Herman — Complete Columbia Recordings 1945-47 (Mosaic, 2004)
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Tallahassee
Johnny Mercer — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 2007)
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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Louis Armstrong — Complete RCA-Victor Recordings (RCA, 1997)
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St. Louis Blues
Eartha Kitt — Eartha-Quake (Bear Family, 1994)
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I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
Glenn Miller — The Essential Glenn Miller (RCA, 2005)
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I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City
Johnny Mercer — The Capitol Collectors' Series (Capitol, 1989)
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I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Tony Bennett — MTV Unplugged (Sony, 2006)
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New York, New York
Frank Sinatra — Live At The Meadowlands (Concord, 2009)
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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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