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Late Sarah, Early Fred: Sarah Vaughan and Fred Astaire

New anthologies from two legendary performers of American popular song.

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The cover for a recent reissue of Sarah Vaughan's recordings of the music of Duke Ellington.

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A new 2-CD edition of Vaughan's late-1970s Ellington songbook albums includes previously unreleased recordings.

Sarah Vaughan and Fred Astaire were two icons of American popular culture in the 20th century—Vaughan a supremely gifted jazz singer and Astaire a dynamic dancer whose movies also featured songs, sung by Astaire, that helped build the Great American Songbook. Recently-released anthologies showcase Astaire in his early years, singing songs from his 1930s movies, and Vaughan in her later years, performing the songs of Duke Ellington. Those releases are featured on this edition of Afterglow, along with music from Frank Sinatra, Hazel Scott, and Anita O’Day.

Music Heard On This Episode

Daydream
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Pablo, 2013)
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Daydream
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Pablo, 2013)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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Night And Day
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony, 2013)

Notes: 8:07 p.m.

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Isn't This A Lovely Day?
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony, 2013)

Notes: 8:10 p.m.

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Cheek To Cheek
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony, 2013)

Notes: 8:13 p.m.

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Sophisticated Lady
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Concord, 2013)

Notes: 8:18 p.m.

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I'm Just A Lucky So-and-So
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Concord, 2013)

Notes: 8:22 p.m.

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Let's Face The Music And Dance
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony, 2013)

Notes: 8:29 p.m.

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Things Are Looking Up
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony , 2013)

Notes: 8:32 p.m.

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The Way You Look Tonight
Fred Astaire — The Early Years At RKO (Sony, 2013)

Notes: 8:35 p.m.

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In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Frank Sinatra — In The Wee Small Hours (Capitol , 1998)

Notes: 8:39 p.m.

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It's Easy To Remember
Hazel Scott — Round Midnight (Fresh Sounds, 2008)

Notes: 8:42 p.m.

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Key Largo
Anita O'Day — I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out (Sony, 1991)

Notes: 8:46 p.m.

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I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Concord, 2013)

Notes: 8:49 p.m.

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Lush Life
Sarah Vaughan — Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Concord, 2013)

Notes: 8:53 p.m.

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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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