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A Dark and Lonely Night: Haunted Love Songs For Halloween

A different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love from Julie London, Duke Ellington and more.

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a dark and lonely night for those in love on this Halloween edition of Afterglow.

Afterglow features a different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love.

This program features music from Julie London, Kay Starr, Duke Ellington, Cassandra Wilson and more, including June Christy’s performance of a song co-written by Kurt Weill and poet Langston Hughes.

Elvis Costello does “Gloomy Sunday” (aka “The Hungarian Suicide Song”–you’ll get the story behind it), Charles Brown stares into a black night, Al Hibbler’s got a strange feeling, Nancy Wilson’s haunted by a man who doesn’t exist… it’s a dark and lonely night for those in love on this Halloween edition of Afterglow.

Music Heard On This Episode

The House Is Haunted (by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)
Glen Gray/Casa Loma — Complete Okeh and Brunswick Hits (Collectors' Choice, 2001)
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The House Is Haunted (by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)
Glen Gray/Casa Loma — Complete Okeh and Brunswick Hits (Collectors' Choice, 2001)
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I Cry By Night
Kay Starr — Jazz Singer/I Cry By Night (Exemplar, 2002)
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Dark
Julie London — About the Blues (Blue Note, 2002)
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Evenin'
Count Basie — America's #1 Band (Sony, 2003)
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The Night We Called It a Day
Frank Sinatra — Where Are You? (Capitol, 2002)
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Lonely House
June Christy — Something Cool (Capitol, 2001)
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Black Night
Charles Brown — Driftin' Blues (Collectables, 1995)
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Haunted Town
Charlie Barnet/Lena Horne — Transcription Performances 1941 (Hep, 1997)
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Ghost of a Chance
Lee Wiley — Complete Fifties Studio Masters (Jazz Factory, 2001)
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Gloomy Sunday
Elvis Costello — Trust (Rhino/WEA, 2003)
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Ghost of Yesterday
Billie Holiday — Lady Day: Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia (Sony, 2001)
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Laura
Ran Blake/Jeanne Lee — Newest Sound Around (RCA/Victor, 2004)
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All Night Long
Nancy Wilson/George Shearing — The Swingin's Mutual! (Capitol, 2004)
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Strange Feeling
Duke Ellington/Al Hibbler — Complete RCA-Victor Mid-Forties Recordings (RC, 2000)
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Round Midnight
Cassandra Wilson — Sings Standards (UMVD, 2002)
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Haunted Heart
Jo Stafford — Walkin' My Baby Back Home (GVC, 2006)
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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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