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.
A good Memorial Day to all,