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January 18, 2019

 

The Versatile Jo Stafford

Singer Jo Stafford was one of the most versatile postwar singers, excelling in pop, swing, bebop, country, folk, and even comedy.

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 23, 2016

 

The Songs And Sounds Of Matt Dennis

Matt Dennis composed many of the standards from Sinatra's early career, including "Violets For Your Furs" and "Everything Happens To Me."

September 9, 2016

 

Dick Haymes: Sinatra’s Shadow

A centennial celebration of wartime balladeer Dick Haymes, whose career strangely followed in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra’s.

December 11, 2015

 

Harry, Tommy, and Axel: Sinatra’s First Five Years

For Frank Sinatra's centennial, we look at his first five years as a recording artist.

September 13, 2013

 

The Big Bands’ Vocal Groups

At the height of the swing era many big bands included small singing ensembles in their performances and recordings.

August 12, 2013

 

Sinatra + Stordahl

Singer Frank Sinatra and arranger Axel Stordahl teamed up for some of the most influential ballad recordings of mid-20th-century American popular song.

February 22, 2013

 

All The Way: The Jimmy Van Heusen Songbook

Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music for numerous entries in the Great American Songbook, including "It Could Happen To You," "Come Fly With Me," and "Imagination."

April 24, 2012

 

Out Of Nowhere: The Songs Of Edward Heyman

Some well-known songs by a little-known lyricist, sung by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and others.

April 8, 2011

 

That Old Devil Moon: Yip Harburg

Yip Harburg was a lyricist who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of New York City to write about rainbows, paper moons, Aprils in Paris, and much more.

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