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Keeps On Rainin’: Songs That Invoke The Rain

This week on Afterglow: Songs that use rain as inspiration for romance, including selections from Billie Holiday, The Four Freshmen, Frank Sinatra, and more.

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Keeps On Rainin'

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Love, lamentations, and musical invocations: there's no keeping dry with this edition of Afterglow.

Stormy weather ahead this week on Afterglow, with a slew of songs that invoke the rain, especially as inspiration or lamentation for romance, from Billie Holiday, the Four Freshmen, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patricia Barber, Peggy Lee, and more.

Read a history and analysis of the Johnny Burke-Jimmy van Heusen song Here’s That Rainy Day.

Watch Sister Rosetta Tharpe perform “Didn’t It Rain”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7lN1R2LP-4

Music Heard On This Episode

Didn't It Rain
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Didn't It Rain
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Keeps On Rainin'
Billie Holiday — Complete Decca Recordings (Decca, 1991)
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I Get the Blues When It Rains
Peggy Lee/Les Paul — Jubilee Shows 194 and 195 (Storyville, 2004)
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Come Rain or Come Shine
Ella Fitzgerald — Live at Mr. Kelly's (Verve, 2007)
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Here's That Rainy Day
Frank Sinatra — No One Cares (Capitol, 2002)
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Waters of March
Antonio Carlos Jobim — Elis and Tom (Polygram, 1990)
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I Can't Stand the Rain
Cassandra Wilson — Blue Light Till Dawn (Blue Note, 1993)
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Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Bill Evans — Complete Fantasy Recordings (Fantasy, 1991)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Pennies From Heaven
Count Basie/Jimmy Rushing — Complete Decca Recordings (Decca/GRP, 1992)
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Stormy Monday Blues
Count Basie/Billy Eckstine — Basie/Eckstine Inc. (Blue Note/Roulette, 1994)
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The Sky Is Crying
Mary Ann McCall — You're Mine, You (Hep, 2004)
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Rain
Four Freshmen — And Five Guitars (EMI, 1998)
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Let It Rain
Patricia Barber — Modern Cool (Koch, 2004)
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Stormy Weather
Lena Horne — Young Star (RCA, 2002)
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I Think It's Going to Rain Today
Norah Jones — Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert (Blue Note, 2005)
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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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