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Even White Girls Get the Blues

“Even White Girls Get the Blues” is a look at three late-1950s blues-concept LPs by white female vocalists. Selections are included from Lee Wiley’s 1957 RCA album A Touch of the Blues (backed by Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra), Julie London’s 1957 “blues noir” LP About the Blues, and Jo Stafford’s 1959 concept record Ballad of the Blues, featuring traditionals arranged by her husband Paul Weston and original linking music written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who would go on to win several Academy Awards and Grammys. There’s also music from Dinah Shore’s 1960 Capitol album Dinah Sings Some Blues With Red (as in Norvo).

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Basin Street Blues
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol/Liberty, 1957)
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The Blues is An Old, Old Story
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues (Concord, 1959)
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The Memphis Blues
Lee Wiley — A Touch of the Blues (RCA/BMG Spain, 1957)
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My Melancholy Baby
Lee Wiley — A Touch of the Blues (RCA/BMG Spain, 1957)
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Blues in My Heart
Lee Wiley — A Touch of the Blues (RCA/BMG Spain, 1957)
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A Touch of the Blues
Lee Wiley — A Touch of the Blues (RCA/BMG Spain, 1957)
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A Nightingale Can Sing the Blues
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol/Liberty, 1957)
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Bye Bye Blues
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol/Liberty, 1957)
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The Blues Is A Tale of Trouble
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues

Notes: Music break.

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I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol/Liberty, 1957)
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The Meaning of the Blues
Julie London — About the Blues (Capitol/Liberty, 1957)
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John Henry
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues (Concord, 1959)
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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues (Concord, 1959)
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Kansas City Blues
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues (Concord, 1959)
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He's Gone Away
Jo Stafford — Ballad of the Blues (Concord, 1959)
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I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings Some Blues With Red (Capitol, 1960)
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Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings Some Blues With Red (Capitol, 1960)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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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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