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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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