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Songs of the Season: Summer

Afterglow's annual salute to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with some summertime favorites from the Great American Songbook.

Frank Sinatra's version of "Summer Wind" (Reprise, 1966) was a top 25 Billboard hit for The Chairman of the Board.

Summertime is here! So this week, I’ll be bringing you our annual salute to warm weather with a “Songs of the Season” episode for summer. In the great American songbook, the songs of summertime are breezy, wistful, and generally easy and carefree, not unlike the season itself. On this episode, we’ll hear some odes to the heat from Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald, a song each about June, July, and August, and other summertime favorites sung by Nat King Cole, Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, and others.

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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