Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Play Ball! The National Pastime in Popular Song

Batter up! Take to the diamond with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dave Frishberg, and a host of other performers as Afterglow swings for the fences.

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Evening at a Baseball Field in Arizona

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Afterglow celebrates baseball season with music from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Dave Frishberg.

Afterglow salutes warmer weather and the beginning of the baseball season with a tribute to America’s national pastime.

Stepping up to the plate are Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelley, Les Brown, and Sarah Vaughan, with Count Basie, Vince Guaraldi, and Dave Frishberg on deck as well.

We’ll also hear Mickey Mantle join Teresa Brewer for a call-and-response on “I Love Mickey,” the Treniers serenading the “Say-Hey Kid” Willie Mays, and comedian Phil Foster issuing a humorous but passionate 1957 plea to “keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn.”

Listen to the full, original 1908 version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”:

Music Heard On This Episode

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
King Curtis — Baseball (Nonesuch, 1994)
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
King Curtis — Baseball (Nonesuch, 1994)
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Baseball, Baseball
Jane Morgan — Baseball's Greatest Hits II: Let's Play! (Rhino/WEA, 1990)
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You Gotta Have Heart
Original cast — Damn Yankees (RCA Victor Broadway, 1990)
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Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)
Sarah Vaughan — Golden Hits (Polygram, 1990)
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Joltin' Joe Dimaggio
Les Brown — Baseball (Nonesuch, 1994)
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Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?
Count Basie — Complete American Victor Recordings (Definitive, 2001)
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Baseball Boogie
Mabel Scott — Baseball (Nonesuch, 1994)
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Baseball Theme
Vince Guaraldi — A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Fantasy, 1989)
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O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg
Frank Sinatra — Sinatra in Hollywood (Reprise, 2002)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Good Night Little Leaguer
Nat King Cole — L-O-V-E (Bear Family, 2006)
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The First Baseball Game
Nat King Cole — Every Time I Feel the Spirit (Collector's Choice, 2007)

Notes: Also appears on the Bear Family L-O-V-E collection.

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Let's Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn
Phil Foster — Baseball's Greatest Hits II: Let's Play! (Rhino/WEA, 1990)
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Dodger Blue
Dave Frishberg — Dave Frishberg Classics (Concord, 1991)
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I Love Mickey
Teresa Brewer — Baseball's Greatest Hits (Rhino/WEA, 1989)
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Say Hey (the Willie Mays Song)
The Treniers — Baseball's Greatest Hits (Rhino/WEA, 1989)
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Who's On First
Andre Previn/Russ Freeman — Double Play (OJC, 1957)
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Frank Sinatra/Gene Kelley — Sinatra in Hollywood (Reprise/Warner Brothers, 2002)
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There Used to Be a Ballpark
Frank Sinatra — The Reprise Collection (Reprise, 1990)
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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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