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Frank Sinatra: The V-Disc Years

This week, Afterglow plays some of Frank Sinatra's songs made at a time when there was a recording ban in the music industry.

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Songs from some of Frank Sinatra's V Disc recordings.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Frank Sinatra on V-Disc.” . These were non-commercial recordings that were made for, and distributed exclusively to, soldiers, sailors, and other American military personnel serving in World War II.

They were made at a time when there was a recording ban in the music industry, and so they offer us a unique look at certain stages of various performers’ careers.

The V-discs we’ll hear capture Frank Sinatra at a still-youthful time in his professional life, and they also reveal how his famous ballad-style with arranger Axel Stordahl was beginning to evolve.

Other performers featured on this edition of Afterglow include Ruth Price, Billy Eckstine, Warne Marsh, Patricia Barber, and Jim Hall.

Music Heard On This Episode

I Love You
Ruth Price — Ruth Price With Shelly Manne and His Men (Contemporary, 1961)
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I Love You
Ruth Price — Ruth Price With Shelly Manne and His Men (Contemporary, 1961)
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Once More With Feeling
Billy Eckstine — Once More With Feeling (Roulette Jazz, 1960)
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Fayth, You're...
Les McCann — In New York (Blue Note, 1961)

Notes: With Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax.

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Morpheus
Patricia Barber — Mythologies (Blue Note, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Emily
Jim Hall/George Shearing — Best of Jim Hall (Concord, 1981)
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My Future Just Passed
Shirley Horn — Loads of Love/Shirley Horn With Horns (Mercury, 1963)

Notes: Written by Richard Whiting (Margaret's father)

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Close to You
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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Have You Noticed?
Meredith D'Ambrosio — Wishing On the Moon (Second Floor Music, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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Loverman
Warne Marsh/Red Mitchell — Big Two V. 2 (Storyville, 1980)
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Bye Bye Country Boy
Claire Martin — Make This City Ours (Honest, 1996)

Notes: Blossom Dearie song.

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Waiting in Santander
Frank Kimbrough — Play (Palmetto, 2006)
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I Only Have Eyes for You
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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You've Got a Hold On Me
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)

Notes: Lerner and Loewe song.

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I Couldn't Sleep a Wink
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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Speak Low
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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Long Ago and Far Away
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)
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Some Other Time
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)

Notes: Styne-Cahn song, not the Bernstein-Green from ON THE TOWN. From the 1944 movie STEP LIVELY.

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Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)

Notes: Cahn-Styne song from STEP LIVELY.

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And Then You Kissed Me
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)

Notes: Outtake from STEP LIVELY.

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Dick Haymes, Dick Todd, and Como
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)

Notes: Takeoff on

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The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1945)

Notes: Duet with Dinah Shore.

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Don't Forget Tonight, Tomorrow
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1945)

Notes: With the Pied Pipers.

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I Fall in Love With You Every Day
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)
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My Shining Hour
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1944)
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Come Rain or Come Shine
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)
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Ol' Man River
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1945)
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I'm Homesick, That's All
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1945)
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The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra — The V-Discs (Columbia/Legacy, 1943)
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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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