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Starry Eyed: Stars in the Great American Songbook

We're exploring the best "Stardust Melodies" from the Great American Songbook.

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A vintage copy of the sheet music to "Star Dust" by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish.

This week, our muse is the night sky. The twinkle of stars has always been an inspiration for songwriters, and this show features some of the most beloved star songs from the auteurs of the Great American Songbook. We’ll hear some Stardust melodies written by Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Kurt Weill, sung by Frank Sinatra, Anita O’Day, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Stars Fell on Alabama (Perkins/Parrish)
Billie Holiday — Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years (PolyGram, 1991)
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Stars Fell on Alabama (Perkins/Parrish)
Billie Holiday — Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years (PolyGram, 1991)
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Stars Fell on Alabama [Excerpt] (Perkins/Parrish)
Cannonball Adderley — Radio Nights (Night, 1991)
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Moon Faced, Starry Eyed (Weill/Hughes)
Johnny Mercer, feat. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra — The Capitol Collector’s Series (Capitol, 1999)
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Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)
Frank Sinatra and Count Basie — The Complete Studio Reprise Recordings (Concord, 2011)
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Swinging on a Star (Van Heusen/Burke)
Frank Sinatra — Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners (Reprise, 2014)
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Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (Jobim)
Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim — Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings (Concord, 2010)
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Shake Down the Stars (Van Heusen/DeLange)
Jeri Southern — Jeri Southern Meets Johnny Smith (Fresh Sounds, 1989)
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Lost in the Stars (Weill/Anderson)
Tony Bennett — American Songbook Series: Kurt Weill (Smithsonian Collection, 1994)
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I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star (Kern/Hammerstein)
Annie Ross — Skylark (DRG, 1996)
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Star Eyes (de Paul/Raye)
Anita O’Day — Anita Sings the Winners (Verve, 1990)
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Star Eyes [Excerpt] (de Paul/Raye)
Charlie Parker — Yardbird: The Ultimate Collection (Rhino, 1997)

Notes: Production Support Music

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When You Wish Upon a Star (Harline/Washington)
Cliff Edwards — The Envelope Please… Academy Award Winning Songs, Vol. 1 (1934–1945) (Rhino, 1996)

Notes: Midpoint Music Bed

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I Saw Stars (Sigler/Goodhart/Hoffman)
Django Reinhardt — The Indispensable Django Reinhardt (1949–1950) (BMG, 1992)
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Stella By Starlight (Young/Washington)
Ella Fitzgerald — Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie (Verve, 1991)
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Stairway to the Stars (Signorelli/Malneck/Parish)
Ella Fitzgerald — Legendary Decca Recordings (GRP, 1995)
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You are my Lucky Star (Brown/Freed)
Louis Armstrong — Rhythm Saved the World (GRP, 1991)
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I’ll Buy You a Star (Schwartz/Fields)
Kenny Burrell — Weaver of Dreams (Seven Classic Albums) (Real Gone Jazz, 2015)
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Stardust (Carmichael/Parish)
Nat King Cole — The Very Best of Nat King Cole (Capitol, 2006)
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Star Dust (Carmichael/Parish)
Louis Armstrong — The Classic Hoagy Carmichael (Smithsonian Collection, 1994)
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The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) [Excerpt] (Ellington/Strayhorn)
Duke Ellington — Such Sweet Thunder (Sony, 1999)

Notes: Fade Out Music

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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