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Ghostly Jazz and Popular Song for Halloween, Part 1

Ghost DanceThis week on WFIU’s Afterglow we get into the “spirit” of things, so to speak, with “Ghost of a Song,” a program of otherworldly songs in honor of the Halloween holiday. Prominent among our ethereal cast are Fred Astaire (“Me and the Ghost Upstairs”), Nina Simone (“I Put a Spell On You”), Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (“Halloween Spooks”), Leon Redbone (“Ghost of St. Louis Blues”), Billie Holiday (“Ghost of Yesterday”), Peggy Lee (“Ghost Riders in the Sky”), and many more musical apparitions. From the Night Lights archives you can also check out Strange Enchantment, an early entry in the annals of NL shows that includes the story of New Orleans’ jazz-loving “Mysterious Axeman” murderer.

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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  • http://www.power-hypnosis.com David Hendricks

    Thanks for sharing this song.

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