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Like Someone In Love: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald's lush 1957 ballads album has often been overshadowed by her songbook LPs from the same era.

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The cover to Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 album LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE.

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Ella Fitzgerald singing for lovers in the 1950s.

In 1957 singer Ella Fitzgerald was recording for jazz impresario Norman Granz—she’d just done the first of what would prove to be many songbook projects for him, in addition to the first of three duet albums with Louis Armstrong. Granz put her in the studio with arranger Frank DeVol, who had enjoyed huge success with his musical rundown of “Nature Boy” for Nat King Cole, and who had collaborated with Doris Day and Tony Bennett as well.

Granz also brought in tenor saxophonist Stan Getz to play on a few numbers. The goal was to emulate the Frank Sinatra concept LPs that had been coming out in the mid-1950s—albums that Sinatra made with arranger Nelson Riddle that established an LP-long mood, often either swinging or melancholic. The intended audience for Fitzgerald’s LP, according to the liner notes, was “People in love,” and the result, called Like Someone In Love, was one of those great 1950s drinking-wine-by-the-fireplace records.

Recordings from Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Hoagy Carmichael, and more are featured on this edition of Afterglow, all as part of our standard mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song.

Music Heard On This Episode

Interlude
Stephanie Nakasian — Lullaby In Rhythm: A Tribute To June Christy (VSOP, 2002)
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Interlude
Stephanie Nakasian — Lullaby In Rhythm: A Tribute To June Christy (VSOP, 2002)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
Sarah Vaughan — The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook (Verve, 1995)

Notes: 8:07 p.m.

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Dindi
Frank Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim — Sinatra-Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (Concord, 2010)

Notes: 8:10 p.m.

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Night And Day
Bud Shank/Lou Levy — Play The Sinatra Songbook (Fresh Sounds, 2004)

Notes: 8:13 p.m.

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There's A Lull In My Life
Ella Fitzgerald — Like Someone In Love (Verve, 1991)

Notes: 8:23 p.m.

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More Than You Know
Ella Fitzgerald — Like Someone In Love (Verve, 1991)

Notes: 8:26 p.m.

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Midnight Sun
Ella Fitzgerald — Like Someone In Love (Verve, 1991)

Notes: 8:30 p.m.

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Baltimore Oriole
Hoagy Carmichael — Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Blue Note, 2000)

Notes: 8:36 p.m.

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The Nearness Of You
Red Garland — The Nearness Of You (OJC, 1999)

Notes: 8:40 p.m.

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Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell — Both Sides Now (Warner/Reprise, 2000)

Notes: 8:45 p.m.

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You're Blase
Ella Fitzgerald — Like Someone In Love (Verve, 1991)

Notes: 8:51 p.m.

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I Thought About You
Ella Fitzgerald — LIke SOmeone In Love (Verve, 1991)

Notes: 8:55 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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