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A Retrospective Memorial Day: Looking Back At 1945

The sounds and stories of the year that changed everything.

In addition to Night Lights, I host a weekly show at WFIU called Afterglow. It’s a long-running program of jazz, ballads and American popular song that was started by Dick Bishop sometime way back in the misty recesses of the 1970s.

This past weekend I devoted the show to a look back at the year of 1945 in America, a year that saw great losses, great triumph, and significant beginnings and endings. The program includes

  • news clips
  • an interview with historian Jim Madison
  • interivews with American homefront civilians
  • music from Bing Crosby, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

and more. Several sides come from a collection I’ll never tire of touting, Allen Lowe‘s That Devilin’ Tune V. 4: 1945-1950.

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The Year We Won the War: 1945

A good Memorial Day to all,


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