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Music From the Heart: Valentine’s Day

Full of love, trusting, broken, or otherwise, hearts figure in all of this week's songs.

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Heart to Heart

Photo: Holiday Inn-film still

Be careful, it's my heart: Fred Astaire makes a dancing play for Marjorie Reynolds in a Valentine's-Day sequence from the movie HOLIDAY INN.

Maybe it’s not carved on a tree, but Afterglow hearts popular song this week with Valentine’s Day in mind. Nat King Cole, Astrud Gilberto, Kurt Elling, Doris Day, and Louis Armstrong with Billie Holiday are just some of the artists who’ll keep the melodies circulating through the vessels of romance on this edition of Afterglow.

Watch Kurt Elling perform “My Foolish Heart”:

Watch the “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” sequence with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire from the 1942 movie Holiday Inn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Kr3j3oWdk

Music Heard On This Episode

My Heart Stood Still
Peggy Lee — The Man I Love (EMI/Capitol, 1957)
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My Heart Stood Still
Peggy Lee — The Man I Love (EMI/Capitol, 1957)
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Nobody's Heart
Mel Torme — Torme (Verve, 1958)
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Be Careful, It's My Heart
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — The Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 1942)
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Only Trust Your Heart
Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto — Getz Au Go Go (Verve, 1964)
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Humpty Dumpty Heart
Bing Crosby — Bing: His Legendary Years (MCA, 1993)
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You Can't Lose a Broken Heart
Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday — Back Through the Years (Decca/Geffen, 1949)
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Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
Judy Garland — Very Best of Judy Garland (EMI Gold Imports, 1958)
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Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
Four Freshmen — The Freshman Year (Collector's Choice, 1960)
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Heart (midpoint music bed)
Peggy Lee — Latin a la Lee (Capitol, 1960)
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I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington — Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve, 1956)
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With a Song In My Heart
Doris Day/Harry James — Young Man With a Horn (Columbia/Sony, 1950)
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My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Artie Shaw/Kitty Kallen — Last Recordings V. 3 (Nimbus, 1946)
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Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping For Your Heart
Nat King Cole — The Classic Singles (Capitol, 1953)
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My Foolish Heart
Kurt Elling — Live in Chicago (Blue Note, 2000)
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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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  • ExtonJoe

    The ‘Heart’ program was the first Afterflow I heard. I found it playing by chance on my car radio  while visiting relatives in Md. I am from Pa. The songs David played are from my favorite music style or genre – vocal (jazz) standards. So I traced the program down the next day. I loved this episode!. 8 of the 14 songs I had never heard before! From the Louis and Billie Holiday duet to Ella and Duke – with jazz violin, the Four Freshman. I now have listened to the complete program on line. Very enjoyable show.
    Give it a listen. This music isn’t heard much on the radio these days. Great vocals, arrangements, superb orchestration.

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