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Happy Birthday, Fathead

A 75th-birthday tribute to saxophonist David Fathead Newman, featuring recordings with Ray Charles and Newman's covers of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.

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David Fathead Newman's album Life, featuring the song "Girl Talk" which is played on this week's episode.

This week on Afterglow we pay a 75th-birthday tribute to saxophonist David Fathead Newman, who first came to fame as a member of Ray Charles’ group in the 1950s, and who’s since made many albums as a leader that feature his soulful sound-mix of hardbop, R & B, and blues.

We’ll hear recordings Newman did with Charles and other singers such as Jimmy Scott, Donny Hathaway, and Dr. John, in addition to Newman covers of the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and standards such as “Willow Weep for Me.”

This program also includes music from Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Grant Green, Diana Krall, Dinah Washington and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Day by Day
Jimmy Scott — The Source (Label M, 1970)
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Day by Day
Jimmy Scott — The Source (Label M, 1970)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone.

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She's Funny That Way
Tony Bennett — Ultimate American Songbook V. 1 (Columbia/Legacy, 1997)

Notes: Also on the Bennett CD TONY BENNETT ON HOLIDAY.

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Night and Day
Billie Holiday — Lady Day: the Master Takes and Singles (Columbia/Legacy, 1940)
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Back in Your Own Backyard
Grant Green — Born to Be Blue (Blue Note, 1962)

Notes: With Ike Quebec on tenor sax, Sonny Clark on piano.

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I'm Through With Love
Diana Krall — All For You (Impulse, 1996)
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Ain't Misbehavin'
Ray Charles — The Genius After Hours (Atlantic, 1961)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone. Also on the HOUSE OF DAVID anthology.

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Girl Talk
David Fathead Newman — Life (HighNote, 2007)

Notes: Neal Hefti composition.

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Swanee River Rock
Ray Charles — Birth of Soul (Atlantic)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone.

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Willow Weep for Me
David Fathead Newman — Ray Charles Presents David Newman (Atlantic)

Notes: Also on the anthology IT'S MISTER FATHEAD.

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Unchain My Heart
David Fathead Newman — Fathead Comes On (Atlantic)

Notes: With Newman on flute. Also on the anthology IT'S MISTER FATHEAD.

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Yesterday
David Fathead Newman — Bigger and Better (Atlantic, 1968)
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Bedroom Eyes
Woody Herman — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1964)
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I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life
Dinah Washington — Complete Dinah Washington Roulette Sessions (Mosaic, 1962)
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These Are Soulful Days
Benny Green — These Are Soulful Days (Blue Note, 1999)

Notes: Cal Massey composition.

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Candy
Dr. John — In a Sentimental Mood (Warner, 1989)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone. Also on the HOUSE OF DAVID anthology.

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Sylvia
David Fathead Newman — The Many Facets of David Newman (Atlantic, 1969)

Notes: Stevie Wonder composition.

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That's All
Junior Mance — Live at the Top (Atlantic, 1969)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone. Also on the HOUSE OF DAVID anthology.

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Esther's Melody
David Fathead Newman — Fathead Comes On (Atlantic)

Notes: Also on the anthology IT'S MISTER FATHEAD.

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When Day Is Done
Helen Humes — Swingin' With Humes (Contemporary, 1961)
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I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
Donny Hathaway — Extensions of a Man (Rhino, 1973)

Notes: With David Fathead Newman on saxophone.

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A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
David Fathead Newman — Cityscape (HighNote, 2006)

Notes: Billy Strayhorn composition.

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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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