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Songs of the Season: Spring

Afterglow bursts into early-April bloom this week with odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller and more.

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Afterglow bursts into early-April bloom this week with another seasonal tribute, featuring odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Barbara Lea and more.

Afterglow bursts into late-April bloom this week with another seasonal tribute, featuring odes to the spring both happy and sad from Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Barbara Lea and more.

There’s also a little-known springtime song from Glenn Miller’s big band (as well as a rendition of “Suddenly It’s Spring” by his Army Air Force orchestra), some background on the unlikely film that introduced the standard “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year,” and Bing Crosby’s performance of a tune by a songwriter that, oddly enough, Crosby rarely interpreted–Cole Porter.

Music Heard On This Episode

It Might as Well Be Spring
Mel Torme/George Shearing — An Evening With George Shearing and Mel Torme (Concord, 1983)
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It Might as Well Be Spring
Mel Torme/George Shearing — An Evening With George Shearing and Mel Torme (Concord, 1983)
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Come Spring
Sarah Vaughan — Sweet 'n Sassy (Roulette, 1964)
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Suddenly It's Spring
Glenn Miller AAF Band — Army Air Force Band (RCA, 2001)

Notes: Johnny Desmond on vocals.

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Spring, Spring, Spring
Ja La La — That Old Mercer Magic (Dare, 2009)
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Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Deanna Durbin — Sensational Songbird (President, 2003)
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Spring Will Be So Sad (When She Comes This Year)
Glenn Miller — Complete Glenn Miller 1938-1942 (Bluebird, 1991)
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Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
June Christy — The Song Is June! (Capitol/Blue Note, 1959)
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Some Other Spring
Ben Webster — Music for Loving (Polygram, 1995)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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I Love You
Bing Crosby — Bing! His Legendary Years 1931-1957 (MCA, 1993)
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All the Things You Are
Ella Fitzgerald — Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve, 1963)
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April in Paris
Billy Eckstine — Everything I Have Is Yours (Polygram, 1991)
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April in My Heart
Barbara Lea — Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael (Challenge, 2002)
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I'll Remember April
Julie London — Calendar Girl/Your Number Please (EMI Europe, 1997)
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It Happens Every Spring
The Four Freshmen — Voices in Latin/The Freshman Year (Collector's Choice, 1999)
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You Must Believe in Spring
Bill Evans — You Must Believe in Spring (Rhino/WEA, 1981)
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Spring Is Here
Nina Simone — The Colpix Years (Rhino/WEA, 1996)
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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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