Archive | May, 2014


31 May

Against my better (and bitter) judgement, this week I abandoned my life-long mantra of “Let a smile be your umbrella…and get a mouthful of rain” and played an hour of songs about smiling and laughing. Still waiting for the bolt of lightning…

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 


  • I’M ALL SMILES  /  Christy Baron  /  “Take This Journey”
  • WHEN YOU’RE SMILING  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session”
  • THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “Ask Me Again”
  • KEEP SMILING AT TROUBLE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Live At The Sahara  
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Faith Hill & Tony Bennett  /  “Duets II”
  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Etta Jones  /  “Doin’ What She Does Best”
  • A WINK AND A SMILE  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Sleepless In Seattle”
  • I’M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUT OF MY LIFE  /  Holly Cole  /  “Blame It On My Youth”
  • PUT ON A HAPPY FACE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Stevie Wonder  /  “With A Song In My Heart”
  • SIR DUKE  /  Stevie Wonder  /  “The Definitive Collection”  
  • THIS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Take A Look”
  • THE LAUGHING RECORD  /  Spike Jones  /  Besame Mucho”
  • THEY ALL LAUGHED  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • SOMETHING IN YOUR SMILE  /  Irene Kral  /  “Second Chance”
  • THE BRIGHTEST SMILE IN TOWN  /  Ray Charles  /  “Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul”
  • SMILE  /  Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo  /  “Smile”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)






28 May


How do you turn a frown upside-down? I ask. Stand on your head, you answer. True, but bad for my vertigo. I’ve thought of a better way and about a dozen songs as accompaniment. 


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24 May

It’s not what you think. I mean, the world is scary enough, so why would I want to add to it? Instead I played an assemblage of some of my favorite Willys, Williams, Billys and Billies, all chosen in my usual willy-nilly way. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE  /  Willie Nelson  /  “American Classic”                        
  • WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE  /  Nat Cole With Billy May  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE  /  Anita O’Day With Billy May  /  “Swings Rogers And Hart”
  • LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL  /  Frank Sinatra with Billy May  /  “Come Fly With Me”
  • PURE IMAGINATION  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Here, There, And Everywhere!”
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “The Last Waltz”
  • FOR ALL WE KNOW  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • AND SO IT GOES  /  Billy Joel  /  “My Lives”
  • HOW INSENSiTIVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  William Shatner  /  “Spaced Out: The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy & Wm. Shatner”
  • DON’T CRY BABY  /  Billy Eckstine with Count Basie  /  “Basie/Eckstine Inc”
  • I’VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU  /  Kenny Rankin/ Sue Raney/ Bill Watrous  /  “Professional Dreamer”
  • I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME  /  Bill Henderson / Oscar Peterson  /  “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio”
  • A FLOWER IS A LOVESOME THING  /  Lena Horne  /  “Lena: A New Album”
  • BILLY’S BLUE  /  Mark Winkler  /  “The Laura Nyro Project”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)



21 May


Hitchcock’s “Psycho?” Scary, but creepy, too.  “Silence of the Lambs?” A few chills…pass the fava beans.  “Alien?” Ok, now we’re talking scary! But no movie, TV, or radio show has ever given you the willies the way I will this Saturday night. Don’t listen alone!!

Turntable For One   Jazz Vocals and Live Radio

Saturday Night    10:o00 PM  (E.D.T.)

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17 May

Singers are always singing about picking yourself up and never giving up and keeping your eyes on the prize. Anyone sick of it? Just me? Ok, but it’s my show and I can play what I want. And this week I wanted to pay musical tribute to the slackers of the world. They may not make much of a contribution, but they make our small achievements look better.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • LAZY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook” 
  • NICE AND EASY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice And Easy”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • HAVE A GOOD TIME  /  Paul Simon  /  “Still Crazy After All These Years”
  • AIN’T DOIN’ BAD DOIN’ NOTHING  /  Barbara Lusch  /  “Barbara Lusch” 
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’  /  Emy Tseng  /  “Sonho”
  • BIDIN’ MY TIME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • WHY DON’T YOU DO RIGHT  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • TV BLUES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • SHOO FLY PIE & APPLE PAN DOWDY  /  Hetty Kate & Gordon Webster  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • ONE MINUTE MORE   /  The Idea of North  /  “Extraordinary Tale”
  • TOO DARN HOT  /  Sara Gazarek  /  “Live At The Jazz Bakery”
  • DANG ME  /  Kellye Gray  /  “And They Call Us Cowboys”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)





14 May


America thrives on stories of initiative, ambition, drive, and persistence…the music on Turntable For One? Not so much this week.


Turntable For One   Jazz Vocals and Live Radio

Saturday Night   10:00 PM  (E.D.T.)

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10 May

Because Sunday is Mother’s Day, only mothers got to sing this week, though a few brought along their kids.



SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 

  • OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY  /  Shirley Horn  /  “I Thought About You: Live At Vine Street”  
  • ALWAYS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  The Irving Berlin Songbook”   
  • HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN  /  Barbra Streisand and Jason Gould  /  “Back To Brooklyn” 
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap  /  “Something To Remember” 
  • YOU’VE CHANGED  /  Renee Fleming & Fred Hersch  /  “Haunted Heart”
  • ALMOST BLUE  /  Gwen Stefani  /  “Stormy Weather”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • MY PERSONAL POSSESSION  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Maria Cole  /  “Maria Cole” 
  • THOU SWELL  /  Natalie Cole  /  “Unforgettable”
  • BROWN BABY  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At The Village Gate” 
  • BE A CHILD  /  Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore  /  “Smilin’ Through” 
  • I AM YOUR CHILD  /  Barry Manilow  /  “Barry Manilow 1”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


7 May


This week I might play Ella, but definitely not Sarah. I might play Helen Merrill, but definitely not Carmen McRae. I might play Shirley Horn, but definitely not Lena Horne. I might play Nancy Sinatra or Nancy Wilson, but definitely not Nancy LaMott. There’s a pattern here. See it? All will be revealed this Saturday night. 

Turntable For One   Jazz Vocals and Live Radio

Saturday Night   10:00 PM  (E.D.T.)

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If you think I can screw up an hour of radio, just imagine what I can do with 2 hours! I will be sitting in for Garrett Stack this Saturday on Broadway Bound, 2 hours of the best in Broadway music. 

Broadway Bound   Saturday, May 10th   2:00 PM (E.D.T.) – 4:00 PM (E.D.T.)


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3 May

Good singers can sing practically anything, brave singers have tried at times to cross over from Jazz to Country and the other way, but the smart singers never lose themselves nor their way when traveling in unfamiliar territory. I think this is a collection of smart singers.  The Buddy Rich Big Band got tossed in there mostly to raise the decibel level.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title


  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Willie Nelson  /  “Stardust” 
  • ON THE ROAD AGAIN  /  Rosemary Clooney  /  “Still On The Road” 
  • HOUSE OF GOLD  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • JUST FOR WHAT I AM  /  Anna Wilson/Connie Smith  /  “Countrypolitan Duets”
  • I KNOW YOU KNOW  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “My Romance”
  • THE SUMMER WIND  /  Lyle Lovett  /  “Smile”
  • ODE TO BILLY JOE  /  Buddy Rich Big Band  /  “Mercy, Mercy”
  • FUNNY HOW THE TIME SLIPS AWAY  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Homer Simpson and Linda Ronstadt  /  “The Yellow Album” 
  • IT’S ALWAYS NEW TO ME  /  Suzy Bogguss  /  “Swing”
  • LULLABY OF BROADWAY  /  Tony Bennett and The Dixie Chicks  /  “Duets: An American Classic”
  • IF I NEEDED YOU  /  Kellye Gray  /  “And They Call Us Cowboys”
  • NIGHT LIFE  /  Mark Murphy  /  “September Ballads”
  • SWEET DREAMS OF YOU  /  Martina McBride/Take Six  /  “Remembering Patsy Cline”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)