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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Ring in the New Year with Ella, Nat, Bing and more of the Afterglow gang.

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New Year's Eve

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Afterglow celebrates the arrival of 2011.

The New Year holiday is upon us, with all of its festivity, its resolutions, and its high–and sometimes low–spirits. We’ll be celebrating and reflecting with music from Dean Martin, June Christy, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and a host of other artists, all as part of Afterglow’s standard mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song.

We’ll also feature a birthday salute to New Year’s Eve baby songwriter Jule Styne (born Dec. 31, 1905) with a set of New Year’s-appropriate Styne songs such as “Time After Time,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (we’ll also talk about how the last song came to be written). Other songs include some lesser-known and interesting tunes such as Bing Crosby’s “Let’s Start the New Year Right” (written by Irving Berlin for the film Holiday Inn, it was the B-side to “White Christmas!”) and Nat King Cole’s melancholic performance of Gordon Jenkins’ “Happy New Year.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Starting Over
Kat Edmondson — Take to the Sky (Convivium, 2009)
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Starting Over
Kat Edmondson — Take to the Sky (Convivium, 2009)
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Sorry to See You Go
June Christy — This Time of Year (Collector's Choice, 1961)
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Song at Midnight
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (Capitol, 1949)
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Another Year
Oscar Brown Jr. — Jazz Yule Love II (Mack Avenue, 2006)
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Hello Mr. New Year
Coolbreezers — Hipster's Holiday (Rhino, 1957)
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Baby It's Cold Outside
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Jordan — Let the Good Times Roll (Bear Family, 1949)
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Snowfall
Esquivel — More Of Other Sounds, Other Worlds (Reprise/WEA, 1962)
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New Year's Resolution (midpoint music bed)
Otis Redding/Carla Thomas — R & B Christmas V. 1 (Rhino, 2004)
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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Dean Martin — Making Spirits Bright (Capitol, 1998)
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Three Coins in the Fountain
Frank Sinatra — Complete Capitol Singles Collection (Capitol, 1954)
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Time After Time
Sarah Vaughan — I Love Sarah Vaughan (Astorg, 1946)
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Happy New Year
Nat King Cole — Sings the Great Songs (EMI Europe, 1962)
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What's New
Helen Merrill/Clifford Brown — Helen Merrill With Clifford Brown (Polygram, 1954)
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Let's Start the New Year Right
Bing Crosby — The Voice of Christmas (MCA/Decca, 1943)
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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Ella Fitzgerald — Verve (Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, 1960)
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Auld Lang Syne
Vaughn Monroe — Big Band Christmas (Direct Source, 2003)
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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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