Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli September 13, 2014

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A most famous American song

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One of America’s most famous songs was written 199 years ago. On September 14, 1814, a young Washington lawyer was held captive aboard a British warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry, an outpost that was protecting the city of Baltimore. The battle, with its rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, inspired the . . . → Read More: A most famous American song

The huge hit that barely made the charts

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Happy birthday today to singer Jose Feliciano, born 68 years ago in Lares, Puerto Rico and grew up in New York City. He’s probably best known for his 1970 recording of “Feliz Navidad.” If you didn’t know better, and only went by the Billboard singles chart, you’d say his biggest hit, by far, was . . . → Read More: The huge hit that barely made the charts

September 9th

On September 9, 1939, “Over the Rainbow” became #1 on the American record chart. The Academy Award-winning song of that year became hit records for Judy Garland, Bob Crosby, and Larry Clinton, but only the version by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, with Ray Eberle on vocal, reached the top of the chart: Glenn Miller . . . → Read More: September 9th

Who'd be a good Radio Deluxe sponsor?

Radio Deluxe is now looking for a sponsor (or an underwriter, as they’re called in public radio). We found this clever, would-be commercial and it gave us an idea. Trader Joe’s would be perfect for supporting Radio Deluxe! Their stores are hip, their snacks are deluxe, and their parking lots have plenty of Volvos! Set . . . → Read More: Who’d be a good Radio Deluxe sponsor?

“No punk, no funk, no rock, no schlock” – the legacy of Eydie Gorme

 

 

We are saddened to hear that Eydie Gorme died Saturday. She would have turned 85 next Friday. She and her husband Steve Lawrence were at the core of middle-of-the-road radio formats during the 1960s, with their brand of music that they described as, “no punk, no funk, no rock, no schlock.”

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Snow Day!

Singer Phoebe Snow was born in New York City today in 1950 and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. Born Phoebe Ann Laub, her stage name is that of a fictional advertising character created in the early 1900s to promote the Lackawanna Railroad’s clean-burning coal.

In 1975, Snow gave birth to a severely brain-damaged daughter, Valerie . . . → Read More: Snow Day!

Cool Music Soothes Supreme Court

If there is any tension among Supreme Court justices as they tackle the tough pending cases of their current term, it was nowhere to be seen Wednesday afternoon at the court’s spring musicale. John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey perform! READ MORE