Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Dedicated To You

Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.

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"Dedicated To You" first became a hit in 1937 when it was recorded by the Mills Brothers and Ella Fitzgerald.

Love walks in and stays this week on Afterglow, as we explore the Great American Songbook’s vast array of songs about answered romantic prayers and affirmations of passionate commitment. Sarah Vaughan, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole are some of the artists joining us for this autumn-valentine edition of Afterglow.

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At Last
Etta James — At Last (MCA, 1999)
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At Last
Etta James — At Last (MCA, 1999)
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I Will
The Beatles — The White Album (EMI, 2009)
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Love Walked In
Sarah Vaughan — S'Marvelous: The Gershwin Songbook (Polygram, 1994)
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You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Nat King Cole — The World Of Nat King Cole (Capitol, 2005)
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A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Anita O'Day — This Is Anita/Four Classic Albums (Avid, 2010)
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The Nearness Of You
Jo Stafford — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian, 1994)
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I Remember You
Chet Baker — Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Blue Note, 1989)
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East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon
Billie Holiday — Solitude (Polygram, 1993)
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You Do Something To Me (midpoint music bed)
Marlene Dietrich — You're Sensational: Cole Porter in the 20s, 40s and 50s (Koch International, 1999)
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Turn Me On
Norah Jones — Come Away With Me (Blue Note, 2002)
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The Look Of Love
Nina Simone — Sugar In My Bowl: Very Best Of 1967-72 (RCA, 1998)
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You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Madeleine Peyroux — Careless Love (Rounder, 2004)
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Time After Time
Chet Baker — Let's Get Lost: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (Blue Note, 1989)
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As Time Goes By
Billie Holiday — Commodore Master Takes (Polygram, 2000)
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Come Rain Or Come Shine
Dinah Washington — Dinah Jams (Emarcy/Polygram, 1990)
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Dedicated To You
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (GRP/Impulse, 1995)
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Always
Sarah Vaughan/Billy Eckstine — The Irving Berlin Songbook (Emarcy, 1991)
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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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