On this swing show which airs on Saturday evening at 10pm, January 10th, you'll hear a few musicians you may not have heard in awhile. There's Anita O'Day, Rod Stewart, and Larry Clinton. During the second half hour, you'll hear from Stacey Kent, John Pizzarelli and Shorty Rogers. And the show ends with "Avalon" by Benny Goodman.
This week's show begins with Bing Crosby's "Deed I Do" and the King Sisters performing "That's All." Bill also includes songs by Billie Holiday, Carly Simon and Rosemary Clooney. The last three songs of the program feature Frank Sinatra, "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," June Christy's "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis," and finally Benny Goodman with "Jumpin' at the Woodside."
Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why?
Join Bill this Saturday evening at 1opm for a great show that'll start with Chris Connor's version of "Jeepers Creepers" followed by Nat King Cole and "There Will Never Be Another You." You'll also hear from Bing Crosby, Julie London, and Jo Stafford. Some of the big bands featured include Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman.