Known as "the GI Sinatra," Johnny Desmond won a wide following in the World War II years as the singer for Glenn Miller's military orchestra.
At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.
Helen Forrest's ode to Cincinnati, Nina Simone's lament for Baltimore, and much more.
Turn on your radio, relax, and float downstream this week on Afterglow.
Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.
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.
Musical reveries from the masters of American popular song.
Afterglow pays tribute to the winter with music from Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and others.
This week on Afterglow we celebrate the recent birthday of Hoagy Carmichael, with interpretations of Carmichael classics from many performers.
A look at the music of World War II, featuring topical songs, radio broadcasts, and an interview with historian Michael McGerr.