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The Great French Songbook

French songs, French singers, and songs about Paris in this edition of Afterglow.

Blossom Dearie, who spent most of the early 1950s living and recording jazz in Paris, is just one of the artists featured on this all-French edition of Afterglow.

See Part 2 of “The Great French Songbook.”

On Afterglow, we explore the music of what’s generally called “The Great American Songbook.” However, some of the great music in the world of vocal jazz and traditional pop is not always American. This hour, we’re heading across “la mer” and looking at the music of France. We’ll hear some songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris, sung by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Blossom Dearie, Les Blue StarsEdith Piaf, and many more.

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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