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Good Morning, Heartache: Broken Hearts In Popular Song

Torch songs and other heartbreakers from the Great American Songbook, sung by Billie Holiday, Julie London, and Chet Baker.

Broken Heart

Photo: Jackie (Flickr)

"Good Morning, Heartache," "The End Of A Lover Affair," "Born To Be Blue," and other heart breakers from the Great American Songbook.

There are many cures for a broken heart—a pint of ice cream, maybe a few glasses of scotch—but I’ve always found that the best cure is sitting down and listening to some heartbreaking songs. It’s a comfort to hear your feelings translated it beautiful music, and there are perhaps no better representations of the broken heart than in the music from the Great American Songbook. On this show, we’ll hear those torch songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Billie Holiday, and more.

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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