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March 22, 2019

 

Nat King Cole Centennial: Cole’s Remarkable 1958

In 1958, a 39-year-old Nat King Cole had the most remarkable year, recording over 100 songs.

March 15, 2019

 

Nat King Cole Centennial: Cole in the 1940s

Nat King Cole would have turned 100 years old on March 17, 2019. This week, we chronicle the decade the propelled him to stardom.

January 4, 2019

 

Young at Heart: Songs About Youth

On this program, we explore music from the Great American Songbook all exploring the same theme: youth.

October 12, 2018

 

Get Your Kicks With Bobby Troup

We celebrate the centennial of Bobby Troup on October 18, exploring his songs like “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.”

September 27, 2018

 

Nat & Nelson

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.”

August 3, 2018

 

Norman Granz: The Jazz Advocate

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.

June 15, 2018

 

I Get a Kick: Vices in Popular Song

On this show, we explore the times when songwriters wrote about their vices: drinking, smoking, or even chewing gum.

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)”

December 29, 2017

 

Songs Of The Season: Winter 2017

Not all winter songs are about Christmas! This week, we feature songs about the cold, from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and more.

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