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June 4, 2011

 

summertime

Songs of the Season: Summer

We pay tribute to the arrival of warm weather with music from Nat King Cole, June Christy, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, George Benson and more.

April 8, 2011

 

Yip Harburg

That Old Devil Moon: Yip Harburg

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.

February 12, 2011

 

Heart to Heart

Music From the Heart: Valentine’s Day

Full of love, trusting, broken, or otherwise, hearts figure in all of this week's songs.

December 23, 2010

 

Christmas gifts

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

Afterglow pays a Christmas call this week, bearing musical presents from Bing Crosby, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American popular song.

October 15, 2010

 

nat king cole carnegie hall concert

Nat King Cole: the Carnegie Hall Concert

In 1949 Nat King Cole took his popular trio and a bongo player into Carnegie Hall for a swinging concert of hits and bop and Latin-influenced tunes.

May 17, 2010

 

Gordon Jenkins musical prodigy

This Is All I Ask: Gordon Jenkins

Gordon Jenkins was renowned as an arranger, but he also wrote some hit songs. We'll hear them done by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and more.

April 2, 2010

 

Evening at a Baseball Field in Arizona

Play Ball! The National Pastime in Popular Song

Batter up! Take to the diamond with Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dave Frishberg, and a host of other performers as Afterglow swings for the fences.

February 12, 2010

 

Some Enchanted Evening

Some Enchanted Evening: Jazz And Popular Song Love Ballads

Love songs progressing from discovery and longing to settled intimacy.

December 25, 2009

 

Fireplace with fire and teapot

The Fireside Afterglow

“The Fireside Afterglow” has a laid-back seasonal theme with music that evokes love, reflection, peace, and the warm moods of winter.

November 27, 2009

 

Skylark and Johnny Mercer

Moon Country: Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer

"Moon Country" features classic songs written by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, performed by Louis Armstrong, Helen Forrest, and others.

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