Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

States Of The Union

Afterglow takes a tour of America this week with vocal guides Bing Crosby, Anita O'Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and more.

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Mapping the highways and byways of American popular song.

America began with 13 colonies and eventually grew to 50 states, and it was perhaps inevitable that 20th-century songwriters would invoke many of those states in lyrics and titles. We’ll take a musical tour of the continent, heading points east, west, south and north, stopping in the south with Lee Wiley and Paul Whiteman, journeying up to New England with Margaret Whiting and Artie Shaw, and into the Midwest with Eddie Condon and Doris Day.

Music Heard On This Episode

Alabamy Bound
Bing Crosby — 1954-1956 CBS Radio Recordings (Mosaic Records, 2010)
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Alabamy Bound
Bing Crosby — 1954-1956 CBS Radio Recordings (Mosaic Records, 2010)
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A Boy From Texas, A Girl From Tennessee
Nat King Cole — Beyond the Sea: 1948 (Jazz In The Charts, V. 89) (Membran, 2011)
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Louisiana
Paul Whiteman/Bix Beiderbecke/Bing Crosby — Bix Restored V. 3 (Origin Jazz Library, 2001)
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I'm Comin' Virginia
Lee Wiley — Music Of Manhattan 1951 (Uptown, 2000)
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Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina
Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa — Let Me Off Uptown (Sony , 1999)
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Massachusetts
Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa — Let Me Off Uptown (Sony, 1999)
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Connecticut
Artie Shaw/Ralph Blane — Mixed Bag (Music Masters, 1994)
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Moonlight In Vermont
Margaret Whiting — Complete Capitol Hits (Collector's Choice, 2000)
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Idaho (midpoint music bed)
Bud Powell — The Amazing Bud Powell V. 3: Bud! (Blue Note, 2002)
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Indiana
Eddie Condon — 1928-1931 (Timeless Holland, 1996)
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You're In Kentucky Sure As You're Born
Bing Crosby — 1956-1956 CBS Radio Recordings (Mosaic Records, 2010)
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Ohio
Doris Day — My Heart (Arwin, 2011)
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Georgia On My Mind
Hoagy Carmichael — Hoagy Sings Carmichael (Pacific Jazz, 2000)
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Stars Fell On Alabama
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong — Ella And Louis (Polygram, 2000)
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West Coast Is The Best Coast
Mel Torme — The California Suite (Rhino/WEA, 1999)
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California, Here I Come
Ray Charles — The Genius Hits The Road (Concord, 2009)
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New York State Of Mind
Mel Torme/George Shearing — Complete Concord Recordings (Concord, 2002)
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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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