Give Now

Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

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.

Music Heard On This Episode

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.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Afterglow:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Afterglow

About The Host

Search Afterglow

This Week On Night Lights

Goin’ Up: Space Age Jazz

In the 1950s and 60s the race for space loomed large in the cultural imagination, and jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Sun Ra picked up on the theme.

Read more »

Night Lights is WFIU's weekly program of classic jazz hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Night Lights »