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Let’s Fall In Love: Love Songs From The Great American Songbook

For Valentine's Day, an Afterglow salute to some of the best love songs from the Great American Songbook

"Each day is Valentine's Day": Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" was originally a love song sung to the character 'Valentine' from the 1937 musical BABES IN ARMS. We'll hear it performed by Chet Baker in 1954

I think it’s a safe bet to say that the most popular kind of song in the Great American Songbook is the love song. “Love For Sale,” “Easy To Love,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay”—cupid seemed to be behind the creation of most of these songs.

A salute old L-O-V-E this hour, with songs sung by Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Kurt Elling, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, 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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