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June 8, 2018

 

The Mystery Of Irene Higginbotham

Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988) was the songwriter behind such Billie Holiday songs as "Good Morning Heartache" and "No Good Man."

May 25, 2018

 

The Songs That Won The War

The songs of the war effort during World War II, including "G.I. Jive," "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition," and "Long Ago (And Far Away)"

May 4, 2018

 

I Love Lucys: Lucy Ann Polk And Lucy Reed

Singers Lucy Reed and Lucy Ann Polk never had their chance in the spotlight, but recorded some of the finest vocal music in the 1950s.

April 20, 2018

 

Cry Me A River: Tears In Popular Song

Some of the most tearful songs of the Great American Songbook, including "Cry Me A River," "I Cried For You," and "Willow Weep For Me."

April 6, 2018

 

Literary Figures In Popular Song

Authors like Truman Capote, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, and Kazuo Ishiguro, and their contributions to the world of jazz and popular song.

March 23, 2018

 

Duke Ellington And The Singers

An overview of the many singers who stood on the bandstand with Duke Ellington, including Ivie Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and Bing Crosby.

March 2, 2018

 

I Hear Music: Songs About Songwriting

"The Song Is You," "The Song Is Ended," "I Poured My Heart Into The Song," and other songs about music on this episode.

February 23, 2018

 

I Wish You Love: A Keely Smith Memorial

A remembrance of singer Keely Smith (1928–2017), known for her recordings of "That Old Black Magic" and "I Wish You Love" from the late 1950s.

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