In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.
Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.
On this program, we explore music from the Great American Songbook all exploring the same theme: youth.
We celebrate the centennial of Bobby Troup on October 18, exploring his songs like “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.”
This week, we explore the 10-year partnership between singer Nat King Cole and arranger Nelson Riddle. They produced such standards as “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.”
A centennial celebration of Norman Granz, concert promoter, record label owner, and one of the biggest civil rights activists in jazz in the 1940s and 50s.
On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.
Irene Higginbotham (1918–1988) was the songwriter behind such Billie Holiday songs as “Good Morning Heartache” and “No Good Man.”
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)”
Not all winter songs are about Christmas! This week, we feature songs about the cold, from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and more.