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Strictly Romantic

AstaireThis Valentine’s Day weekend edition of Night Lights, “Strictly Romantic,” is a program of jazz ballads featuring John Coltrane (“While My Lady Sleeps”), Johnny Hartman (“But Beautiful” from his 1959 Roost album And I Thought About You), Nina Simone (“Since I Fell for You”), Miles Davis (“When I Fall in Love”), Fred Astaire (“Dancing in the Dark” from his 1952 Verve jazz sessions) and others.

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)
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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Von Freeman — Doin' It Right Now (Koch, 1972)
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You Fascinate Me So
Blossom Dearie — My Gentleman Friend (Verve, 1959)

Notes: co-written by Cy Coleman

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When I Fall in Love
Miles Davis — Steamin' (Prestige, 1956)
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Embraceable You (take B)
Charlie Parker — Complete Dial Sessions (Jazz Classics, 1947)

Notes: w/Miles Davis

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These Foolish Things
Billie Holiday — Solitude (Verve, 1952)
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While My Lady Sleeps
John Coltrane — Coltrane (Prestige/OJC, 1957)
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My Funny Valentine
Johnny Smith — Comp. Roost Sessions (Mosaic, 1952)

Notes: Music bed for break

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Since I Fell For You
Nina Simone — Sugar In My Bowl 1967-1972 (RCA, 1967)
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My Kind of Trouble Is You
Helen Carr — Complete Bethlehem (Avenue Jazz, 1955)
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Laura
Don Byas — Jazz In Paris (Universal/Gitanes, 1952)
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But Beautiful
Johnny Hartman — And I Thought About You (Roost, 1959)
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Stars Fell On Alabama
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong — Comp. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve (Verve, 1956)
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Dancing in the Dark
Fred Astaire — The Astaire Story (Verve, 1952)
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Where or When
Frank Sinatra — Only the Lonely (Capitol, 1958)
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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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