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The Great French Songbook, Part 2

A follow-up to The Great French Songbook, Part 1, looking at more music "dans la mode française."

"Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris" was Bing Crosby's 1953 album of all French songs recorded in Paris. It was also Crosby's very first studio LP record—he had previous only recorded 78s.

Last month on the program, we explored the French side of the Great American Songbook, taking a look at jazz standards with a certain Parisian flair. My search for all of that Great French music was so fruitful that it inspired a follow-up. This week, we’ll hear even more from the Great French Songbook, including French translations of jazz standards, and other works dans la mode française, performed by Madeleine Peyroux, Serge Gainsbourg, Dean Martin, and many more.

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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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