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The Songwriter Sings: Bobby Troup

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature a new compilation of early-1950s recordings from Bobby Troup, author of “Route 66".

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Bobby Troup, author of “Route 66”. He and his wife Julie London starred in the early 1970s TV program Emergency!

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature a new compilation of early-1950s recordings from Bobby Troup, author of “Route 66,” as well as the very first session that Troup’s eventual wife Julie London recorded (the two also starred in the early 1970s TV program Emergency! ).

We’ll also hear from McCoy Tyner, Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Diana Krall, and Sylvia McNair, the classical soprano singer, doing a set of Harold Arlen songs.

Music Heard On This Episode

My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 1959)
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My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Dizzy Gillespie — Verve/Philips Small Group Sessions (Mosaic, 1959)

Notes: Cole Porter composition.

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You Better Go Now
Billie Holiday — Comp. Decca Recordings (Decca/GRP)
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The Moon Is Low
Benny Carter — Complete Benny Carter (Keynote/Polygram, 1946)
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But Not For Me
Chet Baker — Let's Get Lost: Best of Chet Baker Sings (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
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Isn't This a Lovely Day?
Diana Krall — From This Moment On (Verve, 2006)

Notes: New release. Irving Berlin song.

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Naima
McCoy Tyner — Echoes of a Friend (Milestone, 1972)

Notes: John Coltrane composition. Also on the new Tyner anthology MILESTONE PROFILES.

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It Was Written in the Stars
Sylvia McNair/Andre Previn — Come Rain or Come Shine: the Harold Arlen Songbook (Philips, 1995)
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A Sleepin' Bee
Sylvia McNair/Andre Previn — Come Rain or Come Shine: the Harold Arlen Songbook (Philips, 1995)
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The Morning After
Sylvia McNair/Andre Previn — Come Rain or Come Shine: the Harold Arlen Songbook (Philips, 1995)
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That Old Black Magic
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)

Notes: Arlen-Mercer song.

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Little One
Miles Davis — E.S.P. (Columbia/Legacy, 1965)
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My Blue Heaven
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)
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Hungry Man
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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You're Looking At Me
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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Lemon Twist
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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The Three Bears
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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Deed I Do
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1953)

Notes: Instrumental recording.

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Jamboree Jones
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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Julie Is Her Name
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1954)

Notes: Written for Troup's future wife Julie London.

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A Foggy Day
Julie London — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)

Notes: Julie London's first recording session.

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Julie London — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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You're Blase
Julie London — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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Don't Worry 'Bout Me
Julie London — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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One for My Baby
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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Cuckoo in the Clock
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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There She Goes
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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Love's Got Me in a Lazy Mood
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)
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Route 66
Bobby Troup — Sings Troup, Mercer & More (Jasmine, 1955)

Notes: Bobby Troup song.

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David Brent Johnson

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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