On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.
On this show, we take a look at the many songwriters who performed their own songs, including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Nina Simone.
A spotlight on Lady Day's time fronting big bands, including those of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw.
A look at the many tribute albums created for "Lady Day" Billie Holiday
Popular song, more often than not, is about love—love won, love lost, love in doubt. This week we feature songs about the fulfillment of longed-for love.
Celebrating the centennial of the singer, actor, and last surviving member of Duke Ellington's early-1940s big band.
Johnny Hartman, Blossom Dearie, Dean Martin and others help us pay tribute to the Indiana songwriter.
Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music for numerous entries in the Great American Songbook, including "It Could Happen To You," "Come Fly With Me," and "Imagination."
Some well-known songs by a little-known lyricist, sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others.
Yip Harburg was a lyricist who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City to write about rainbows, paper moons, Aprils in Paris, and much more.