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Havin’ Fun With Bing And Louis

Recordings from Bing Crosby's 1950s radio broadcast with Louis Armstrong, "Havin' Fun With Bing And Louis", are featured on this week's Afterglow.

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Crosby and Armstrong's radio program, “Havin’ Fun With Bing And Louis", where they enjoyed a natural, easygoing chemistry that’s reflected in some of the banter we’ll hear this week on Afterglow.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Havin’ Fun With Bing And Louis,” as we feature circa-1950 radio broadcasts of Bing Crosby’s CBS Chesterfield program, with special guests that include Peggy Lee, Jack Teagarden, Ella Fitzgerald, and Crosby’s good friend Louis Armstrong.

Crosby and Armstrong enjoyed a natural, easygoing chemistry that’s reflected in some of the banter we’ll hear, as well as musical performances of “Blueberry Hill,” “I Get Ideas,” and a rendition of W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” on which the two are joined by Ella Fitzgerald.

We’ll also hear some selections from Joni Mitchell’s 2000 jazz-standards record Both Sides Now , as well as music from trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

On the Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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On the Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?
Nat King Cole — Vocal Classics 1942-1946 (Capitol, 1945)
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What Is There to Say?
Gerry Mulligan — What Is There to Say? (Columbia, 1959)

Notes: With Art Farmer on trumpet.

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Comes Love
Joni Mitchell — Both Sides Now (Reprise, 2000)

Notes: Featuring Mark Isham on trumpet.

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Laura
Roy Hargrove — Parker's Mood (Verve, 1995)

Notes: With Stephen Scott on piano and Christian McBride on bass.

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I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Andy Bey — Ain't Necessarily So (12th Street Records, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Royal Garden Blues
Louis Armstrong/Jack Teagarden — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1950)
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Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Jack Teagarden — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1950)
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Blueberry Hill
Louis Armstrong/Bing Crosby — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1950)
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Undecided
Ella Fitzgerald — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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I Get Ideas
Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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Memphis Blues
Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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Some Other Time
Rene Marie — Experiment in Truth (Rene Mari, 2007)
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Out of Nowhere
Patti Page — In the Land of Hi-Fi (EmArcy, 1956)
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When Two Trees Fall in Love
Sauter-Finegan Orchestra — Inside the Sound (Jasmine, 1954)
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I Just Dropped By to Say Hello
Johnny Hartman — I Just Dropped By to Say Hello (Impulse, 1963)
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At Last
Joni Mitchell — Both Sides Now (Reprise, 2000)
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I'm Comin' Virginia
Peggy Lee — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1950)
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Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Bing Crosby — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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A Song Was Born
Louis Armstrong/Jack Teagarden — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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My Honey's Lovin' Arms
Bing Crosby — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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You're Just in Love
Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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Up a Lazy River
Louis Armstrong — Havin' Fun With Bing and Louis (Storyville, 1951)
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I Like Your Style
Jeanne Lee — You Stepped Out of a Cloud (Owl, 1989)
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Zea
Chris Potter — Follow the Red Line (Sunnyside, 2007)

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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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