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A City of Song

A cross country roadtrip with songs about St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Big Apple, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, and more.

The George Cory and and Douglass Cross song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" became a signature song for Tony Bennett. We'll hear him perform it live at the White House with Dave Brubeck in 1962.

From St. Louis, to Chicago, to Atlanta, to the Big Apple, cities have always been a particularly fruitful source of inspiration for the writers of the Great American Songbook. This week on the program, we’re taking a road trip across the United States and exploring some of the finest urban melodies, performed by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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