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Dearly Beloved: Husband-And-Wife Teams In Jazz

Long-term love and art go hand-in-hand on this edition of Night Lights, where we're focusing on couplings both romantic and musical.

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Making beautiful music together: Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott.

Long-term love and art go hand-in-hand on this edition of Night Lights, where we’re focusing on couplings both romantic and musical. Though the rigors of the jazz life made marriage difficult to sustain for marital partners who played together as well, artists-couples left behind some impressive recorded legacies. We’ll feature partners such as

  • Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott
  • Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour
  • John and Alice Coltrane
  • Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln
  • June Christy and Bob Cooper
  • Julie London and Bobby Troup (eventual co-stars of the TV show Emergency!)
  • Elmo and Bertha Hope

Some, like Alice Coltrane and Bertha Hope, continued to pay tribute to their respective loved ones’ music after early death deprived them of their husbands. We’ll hear recordings from all of the above couples.

For More On Husband-And-Wife Jazz Musicians:

• Watch Peggy Lee and husband Dave Barbour perform “I Cover the Waterfront”:

• Listen to a previous Night Lights program about another husband-and-wife musical team:

Dick and Kiz Harp: Down at the 90th Floor

Music Heard On This Episode

Never Let Me Go
Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott — Never Let Me Go (Blue Note, 2004)
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Never Let Me Go
Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott — Never Let Me Go (Blue Note, 2004)
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Rock Me to Sleep
June Christy/Bob Cooper — June's Got Rhythm (Blue Note, 2005)
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My Ship
June Christy/Bob Cooper — Ballads for Night People (Blue Note, 2005)
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Yesterdays
Elmo Hope/Bertha Hope — Hope-full (Riverside, 1995)
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Lonesome Lover
Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln — It's Time (Impulse, 1996)
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Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott — Dearly Beloved (Blue Note, 2008)

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It's a Good Day
Peggy Lee/Dave Barbour — Best of Miss Peggy Lee (Capitol, 1998)
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I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me
Peggy Lee/Dave Barbour — Rare Gems and Hidden Treasures (Capitol, 2000)
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Offering
John Coltrane/Alice Coltrane — Expression (GRP/Impulse, 1993)
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Baby, Baby All the Time
Julie London/Bobby Troup — About the Blues (Blue Note, 2002)
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Meaning of the Blues
Julie London/Bobby Troup — About the Blues (Blue Note, 2002)
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Dearly Beloved
Stanley Turrentine/Shirley Scott — Dearly Beloved (Blue Note, 2008)
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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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