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Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

Afterglow pays a Christmas call this week, bearing musical presents from Bing Crosby, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, and other carolers of American popular song.

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Afterglow rings in the holidays this week with music from Billy Eckstine, Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Julie London, Peggy Lee, and more. We’ll also hear:

  • The story of how “The Christmas Song” came to be written
  • The inspiration for “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” taken from the work of a great American poet
  • Some late-1940s holiday radio broadcasts
  • A little-known Christmas original by Indiana bandleader and composer Al Cobine

Happy holidays to radio listeners everywhere!

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