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Songs of the Season

With music from Nat King Cole and others, this week on Afterglow we play songs about the springtime on "Songs of the Season".

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Nat King Cole's The Very Thought Of You, which includes the springtime song "This Is All I Ask".

This week on Afterglow we continue program founder Dick Bishop’s “Songs of the Season” tradition with a show of songs about the springtime.

We’ll hear music from Nat King Cole, June Christy, Blossom Dearie (two spring songs written by big-band singer Dick Haymes’ brother Bob), Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Mel Torme, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and many more.

Music Heard On This Episode

This Is All I Ask
Nat King Cole — The Very Thought of You (Capitol, 1958)
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This Is All I Ask
Nat King Cole — The Very Thought of You (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Written by Gordon Jenkins. Also on the Bear Family box STARDUST.

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Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Ella Fitzgerald — Hello Love (Verve, 1957)
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They Say It's Spring
Blossom Dearie — Blossom Dearie (Verve, 1956)

Notes: Co-written by Bob Haymes (Dick's brother)

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All the Things You Are
Milt Jackson/Thelonious Monk — Wizard of the Vibes (Blue Note, 1948)

Notes: With Kenny

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Spring Is Here
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol Jazz, 1963)
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Come Spring
Sarah Vaughan — Sweet 'n Sassy (Roulette, 1963)

Notes: Also on Mosaic's COMPLETE ROULETTE STUDIO SESSIONS.

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You Must Believe in Spring
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Together Again (Rhino, 1976)
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Suddenly It's Spring
Dave Pell — Plays Burke & van Heusen (Fresh Sound, 1953)
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It's Anybody's Spring
Peggy Lee — The Singles Collection (Capitol, 1945)

Notes: With Bob Crosby's orchestra. Written by Burke & van Heusen.

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Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Dick & Kiz Harp — Again! Dick & Kiz Harp at the 90th Floor (90th Floor Records, 1960)
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I'll Remember April
Red Norvo — The Savoy Sessions (Savoy, 1950)

Notes: With Tal Farlow on guitar and Charles Mingus on bass.

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April In My Heart
Billie Holiday — Lady Day (Columbia/Legacy, 1938)

Notes: With Teddy Wilson's orchestra.

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Some Other Spring
Dexter Gordon — Complete Prestige Recordings (Prestige, 1973)

Notes: With Hampton Hawes on electric piano.

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Indian Spring
Jon Eardley — Hollywood to New York (Prestige New Jazz, 1954)
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April in Paris
Dinah Shore/Andre Previn — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol Jazz, 1959)
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Springsville
Miles Davis — Miles Ahead (Columbia/Legacy, 1957)
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It Might as Well Be Spring
Lorez Alexandria — More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse, 1964)

Notes: With Wynton Kelly on piano.

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One Morning in May
Mel Torme — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Indiana Historical Society, 1957)

Notes: Hoagy Carmichael-Mitchell Parrish song.

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Fair Weather
Chet Baker — Chet Baker in New York (Riverside, 1958)

Notes: Benny Golson composition. With Johnny Griffin on tenor sax.

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It Happens Every Spring
Frank Sinatra — The Columbia Years 1943-52 (Columbia/Legacy, 1949)
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Echo of Spring
Ralph Burns — Bijou (Period, 1955)

Notes: Willie the Lion Smith composition.

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Another Spring
Nina Simone — Sugar in My Bowl: 1967-72 (RCA, 1968)
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There'll Be Another Spring
Peggy Lee/George Shearing — Beauty and the Beat (Capitol Jazz, 1959)

Notes: Co-written by Peggy Lee.

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The Single Petal of a Rose
Ben Webster — See You at the Fair (Impulse, 1964)

Notes: Duke Ellington composition. With Hank Jones on piano.

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A Fine Spring Morning
Blossom Dearie — Blossom Dearie (Verve, 1956)

Notes: Bob Haymes song.

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Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
Bobby Troup — ...In a Class Beyond Compare (LP) (Audiophile, 1958)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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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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