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Ghost of a Song: Otherworldy Songs For Halloween

This week on Afterglow it's “Ghost of a Song,” a program of otherworldly songs in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday.

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Musical apparitions and spells this week on Afterglow.

This week on Afterglow we get into the “spirit” of things, so to speak, with “Ghost of a Song,” a program of otherworldly songs in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Prominent among our ethereal cast are Fred Astaire (“Me and the Ghost Upstairs”), Nina Simone (“I Put a Spell On You”), Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (“Halloween Spooks”), Leon Redbone (“Ghost of St. Louis Blues”), Billie Holiday (“Ghost of Yesterday”), Peggy Lee (“Ghost Riders in the Sky”), and many more musical apparitions.

Watch Fred Astaire perform “Me and the Ghost Upstairs” in a deleted scene from the movie Second Chorus.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9APvN68fwz8

Music Heard On This Episode

Cry Me Not
Booker Ervin — The Freedom Book (Prestige, 1964)
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Cry Me Not
Booker Ervin — The Freedom Book (Prestige, 1964)
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Ghost of a Chance
Billie Holiday — Music for Torching (Verve, 1955)
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Me and the Ghost Upstairs
Fred Astaire — Starring Fred Astaire (Columbia, 1940)
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Strange Feeling
Johnny Bothwell — Street of Dreams (Hep, 1945)
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Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead
Nat King Cole Trio — Halloween Stomp (Jass, 1939)
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I Put a Spell On You
Nina Simone — Four Women (Philips)
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Halloween Spooks
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (Columbia, 1961)
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Lonely House
June Christy — Something Cool (Capitol, 1955)
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Ghost of Smokey Joe
Cab Calloway — Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1938-39 (JSP, 1939)
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These Foolish Things
Billie Holiday — Solitude (Verve, 1952)
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Ghost of a Chance
Lennie Tristano — Tristano/the New Tristano (Rhino, 1955)
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Strange Enchantment
Gil Evans — Halloween Stomp (Jass, 1939)
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Who Can I Turn to Now?
Lee Wiley — West of the Moon (Mosaic/RCA, 1956)
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Sorcerer
Miles Davis — Sorcerer (Columbia, 1967)
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Hour of Parting
Sun Ra — Sound Sun Pleasure (Evidence, 1958)
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Graveyard Dream Blues
Bessie Smith — Essential Bessie Smith (Columbia/Legacy, 1923)
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Ghost of St. Louis Blues
Leon Redbone — Sugar (Private Music, 1990)
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Mr. Ghost Goes to Town
Louis Prima — Louis Prima/Wingy Manone 1924-1937 (Mosaic, 1936)
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Ghost Riders in the Sky
Peggy Lee — Best of Miss Peggy Lee (Capitol, 1949)
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Ghost of Yesterday
Billie Holiday — Quintessential Billie Holiday V. 8 (Columbia, 1940)
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Skeleton in the Closet
Louis Armstrong — Complete Decca Studio Master Takes 1935-1939 (Definitive, 1938)
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T'ain't No Sin (to Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones)
Lee Morse
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The House Is Haunted (by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)
Glen Gray and Casa Loma — Halloween Stomp (Jass, 1934)
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Ghost of Dinah
Bob Howard/Ben Webster/Benny Carter — Ben Webster's Finest Hour (Verve, 1935)
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Smoke Dreams
Mildred Bailey — Comp. Columbia Recordings (Mosaic, 1937)
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Ghost Dance
Frank Kimbrough — Lullabluebye (Palmetto, 2004)
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Haunted Heart
Charlie Haden/Quartet West/Jo Stafford — Haunted Heart (Verve, 1992)
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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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