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PLAYLIST FOR “9TH ANNUAL MUSIC TO BE THANKFUL FOR” SHOW (11.24.18)

25 Nov

This is a special show I wait for every year. In addition to presenting some of the music I’ve been thankful for during the past year, I ask some of my fellow broadcasters to record a brief intro for their choices, because it’s also “Family Night At Turntable For One,” so my wife and son offer their choices, plus I ask a few of my favorite singers to tell my audience about a song or singer they’re thankful for. This year it was Kellye Gray, Heather Bambrick, Diane Marino, and Mark Winkler.

(*WMNR Broadcaster or Special Guest)  / SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MY ROMANCE  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “My Romance”
  • (* Fred Velardi)  /  SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR  /  Lena Horne  /  “American Music”
  • I’VE GOT A RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES  /  Kellye Gray  /  “Rendering”
  • (Kellye Gray)  /  TAKE FIVE  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Live”
  • (* Will Duchon)  /  DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME  /  Catherine Russell  / “Harlem On My Mind”
  • (* Gary Fountain)  /  OBLIVION  /  Christoph Denoth  /  “Tanguero”
  • I DON’T MIND A MIND  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “You’ll Never Know”
  • (Heather Bambrick)  /  GUESS WHO I SAW TODAY  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Afterglow”
  • (* Cindy Carlson)  /  THIS IS JUST THE DAY  /  Holly Yarbrough  /  “Mr. Rogers Swings”
  • (Megan Stine)  /  SONNY MOON FOR TWO  /  Jacques Lesure w/ Cody Owen Stine  /  “Live At Churchill Grounds”
  • (* Gary Gerard)  /  TRY TO REMEMBER  /  Jerry Orbach  /  “The Fantasticks”
  • (* Sue Kennedy)  /  I’LL NEVER GO THERE ANYMORE  /  Bill Charlap  /  “Written In The Stars”
  • (* Garrett Stack)  /  THE HOUSE I LIVE IN  /  Frank Sinatra & Neil Diamond  /  “Sinatra Duets”
  •  AFTER HOURS  /  Mark Winkler  /  “Sweet Spot”
  • (Mark Winkler)  /  PLEASE BELONG TO ME  /  Bobby Troup  /  “Radio & Recording Rarities”
  • (Cody Owen Stine)  /  DARN THAT DREAM  /  Thelonious Monk  /  “The Unique Thelonious Monk”
  • LET’S TAKE AN OLD FASHIONED WALK  /  Diane Marino  /  “Soul Serenade”
  • (Diane Marino)  /  I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU  /  Gloria Lynne  /  “I’m Glad There Is You”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018” (10.27.18)

28 Oct

Time for my annual Halloween party with haunting melodies sung by some of my favorite ghosts and others. Another Turntable For One tradition: trick or treaters coming to the door dressed in celebrity costumes and me handing out appropriate songs to them (since I’ve usually eaten all of the Halloween candy by then). This year, because of the truly scary and horrible events of Saturday and the past week(s), I started with a special Nina Simone song I’d play if the poor battered and beleaguered world came to my door. Nina recorded that song in 1968. Why is it still so heartbreakingly relevant today?

(Costume)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THE HUMAN TOUCH  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone And Piano”
  • HALLOWEEN SPOOKS  /  Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • THE HOUSE IS HAUNTED  /  Lisa Lindsley  /  “Long After Midnight”
  • (TV Weather Reporters)  /  SINGING IN THE RAIN  /  Paul Jost  /  “Breaking Through”
  • IN MY SOLITUDE  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Sophisticated Lady”
  • (Kanye West)  /  TWISTED  /  Lambert, Hendricks, And Ross  /  “The Hottest New Group In Jazz”
  • DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD  /  Lillie Kae  /  “I’m Glad There’s You”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • (Alexa)  /  CANDY  /  Nat Cole  /  “After Midnight”
  • GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Nelson Eddy  /  “Ghost Riders In The Sky”
  • I PUT A SPELL ON YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “I Put A Spell On you”
  • (Edgar Allan Poe)  /  BYE BYE BLACKBIRD  /  Paul McCartney  /  “Kisses On The Bottom”
  • LULLABY OF BIRDLAND  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • (Robert Mueller)  /  I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU  /  Fred Astaire  /  “The Special Magic of Fred Astaire”
  • GHOST OF YESTERDAY  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • (Hillary Clinton)  /  HOW CAN I MISS YOU (WHEN YOU DON’T GO AWAY)  /  Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks  /  “Original Recordings”
  • BEWITCHED  /  Pamela Luss  /  “Bewitched & Witchcraft”
  • HAUNTED HOUSE  /  Andy Scott  /  “Angels”
  • (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)  /  CERTIFIED SENIOR CITIZEN  /  Nancy Stearns  /  “A Wish”
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC  /  Tony Bennett & Dave Brubeck  /  “Bennett & Brubeck: The White House Session”
  • I DON’T STAND A GHOST OF A CHANCE WITH YOU  /  Yusef Lateef  /  “Relax Jazz”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Andrew Distel  /  “It Only Takes Time”
  • WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK  /  Wesla Whitfield  /  “Livin’ On Love”
  • WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD  /  Holly Cole  /  “Night”
  • (Joe Biden & Bernie Sanders)  /  I’LL BE AROUND  /  Willie Nelson  /  “My Way”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Kate McGarry  /  “Easy To Love”
  • I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO CAFFEINE” (9.29.18)

30 Sep

September 29th was National Coffee Day and I celebrated with songs about coffee or tea – some of them peripherally, I confess. I also tossed in a few highly-caffeinated performances and songs. If caffeine songs don’t work, I may have to consider paying my audience to stay awake.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • COFFEE TIME  /  Andre Previn & Carmen McRae  /  “The Subterraneans”
  • COFFEE BREAK  /Tony Bennett  /  “Summer Of 42”
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summertime”
  • YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE  /  Seth MacFarlane  /  “Music Is Better Than Words”
  • ON MY OWN  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  “Anthem”
  • WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ring-A-Ding-Ding”
  • THAT SUGAR BABY OF MINE  /  Jeanie Bryson  /  “Some Cats Know”
  • JINGLES  /  Dick Hyman  /  “Handful Of Keys”
  • THE WEATHER SONG  /  Cousin Alice  /  “All In A Day”
  • JAVA JIVE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tammy Grimes  /  “The Unmistakable Tammy Grimes”
  • BLACK COFFEE  /  Mary Stallings & Harry “Sweets” Edison  /  “Jazz Mood: Mood Indigo”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Freda Payne  /   “Come Back To Me Love”
  • TOM’S DINER  /  Suzanne Vega  /  “Solitude Standing”
  • THE COFFEE SONG  /  Hot Club Sandwich  /  “Café Matrix”
  • THE COFFEE SONG  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • GETTING TO KNOW YOU  /  Helen Merrill  /  “American Songbook Series”
  • WELL, YOU NEEDN’T  /  Cody Owen Stine Trio  /  (From An Unreleased Live Performance)
  • TEA AND SYMPATHY  /  Janis Ian  /  “Between The Lines”
  • BURNING THE TOAST  / Suzy Bogguss  /  “A Twist Of Jazz”
  • COFFEE IN A PAPER CUP  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mandy Patinkin”
  • THAT’S ALL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “This One’s For Tedi”
  • YOU’RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • I’VE GOT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING  /  Tuck & Patti  /  “Tears Of Joy”
  • COFFEE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • MY ROMANCE  /  Tuck & Patti  /  “Tears Of Joy”
  • YOUNG GIRL BLUES  /  Donovan  /  “In Concert At The Anaheim Convention Center”
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Sue Matthews  /  “One At A Time”
  • PARIS MISMATCH   /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “DUETS WEEK” (4.21.18)

22 Apr

There’s strength in numbers, right? So this must have been one of my strongest shows ever because every song sung was sung by two singers. Plus the instrumentals were duets, too. I even invited a co-host to join me behind the mic – Alexa, the artificial intelligence assistant. That didn’t go exactly as I thought it would. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title

  • TAKES TWO TO TANGO  /  Ray Charles & Betty Carter  /  “Ray Charles & Betty Carter”
  • I’M CONFESSIN’  /  Tony Bennett & k.d. lang  /  “A Wonderful World”
  • MOUNTAIN GREENERY  /  Jackie & Roy  /  “Echoes”
  • ALL ROUTE 66 DAY TRIPPER BLUES  /  Billy Brandt & Carrie Wick /  “The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Jamie Cullum & Laura Mvula  /  “Interlude”
  • LITTLE LULU  /  Bill Evans  /  “Further Conversations With Myself”
  • IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU  /  Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones  /  “In Full Swing”
  • THE BEST THING FOR YOU  /  Mark Murphy & Sheila Jordan  /  “Songbook”
  • GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S GOT THE BLUES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Anna Wilson & Keith Urban  /  “Countrypolitan Duets”
  • THANKS FOR THE MEMORY  /  Bob Hope & Shirley Ross  /  “Thanks For The Memory”
  • PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Gregory Porter  /  “Ella With The London Symphony Orchestra”
  • I BELIEVE SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT ME  /  Kevin Mahogany & Randy Travis  /  “Another Time Another Place”
  • FANCY MEETING YOU HERE  /  Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney  /  “Fancy Meeting You here”
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND  /  Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond  /  “1975: The Duets”
  • WHAT’S NEW  /  Betty Carter & Carmen McRae   /  “Duets”
  • MY CUTIE’S DUE ON THE TWO-TO-TWO TODAY  /  Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer  /  “Two Of A Kind”
  • SLOW TALKER  /  Bob & Ray  /  “Bob & Ray: The Two And Only”
  • SAM’S SONG  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Bing Crosby & Gary Crosby  /  “Bing’s Golden Records”
  • PEEL ME A GRAPE  /  Blossom Dearie & Lyle Lovett  /  (Unreleased Single)
  • YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG  /  Curtis Stigers & Cyrille Aimee  /  “Hooray For Love”
  • SILLY HABITS  /  Mel Tormé & Janis Ian  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden  /  “Last Dance”
  • AMERICAN TUNE  /  Simon & Garfunkel  /  “The Concert In Central Park”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “THE BLUES” (4.14.18)

15 Apr

If you were a color, what color would you be? (You can think about that after you read the rest of this.) Last night, I was blue, all shades, all hues, all blues – and all swinging. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • ALL BLUES  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Double Rainbow”
  • LADY SINGS THE BLUES  /  Billie Holiday  /  “The Carnegie Hall Concert”
  • MOOD INDIGO  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “In The Wee Small Hours”
  • BLUE TURNING GREY OVER YOU  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • THE BLUES DON’T CARE  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • STRAIGHT AHEAD  /  Jimmy Smith  /  “Bluesmith”
  • LEARNIN’ THE BLUES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • JOE WILLIAMS BLUES  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • ME AND THE BLUES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Me & The Blues”
  • BLUE DRAG  /  Linda Carone  /  “Black Moonlight”
  • WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Jack Webb  /  “Just The Tracks, Ma’am”
  • TODAY I SING THE BLUES  /  Randy Crawford  /  “No Regrets”
  • EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving Me Crazy”
  • NO MORE BLUES  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • BLEE BLOP BLUES  /  Count Basie  /  “Count Basie At Newport 1957”
  • BLUES ARE BREWIN  /  Weslia Whitfield  /  “Beautiful Love”
  • MISTY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Tom Selleck  /  “Magnum P.I.”
  • WILD WOMEN DON’T GET THE BLUES  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant  /  “Dreams & Daggers
  • UNDECIDED BLUES  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Playin’ With My Friends”
  • FINE AND MELLOW  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Sarah Lancman & Michel Perez  /  “Dark”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare & Edward Derrick  /  “One for My Baby”
  • I GOT IT BAD  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • MEANING OF THE BLUES  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Gavin Hope  /  “For All We Know”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “WALKING THE WALK & TALKING THE TALK” (12.16.17)

17 Dec

Sure, other radio shows may be more fun, more thoughtful, and more coherent, but no show walks the walk and talks the talk like Turntable For One…well, at least this week. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artists  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WALKING HAPPY  /  Frank Sinatra Jr.  /  “That Face”
  • HAPPY TALK  /  Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley  /  “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley”
  • LOVE WALKED IN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Ultimate Sinatra”
  • WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Something Cool”
  • I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “The Way I Am”
  • TALKING TO MYSELF  / Sinne Eeg  /  “Remembering You”
  • STEPPIN’ OUT WITH MY BABY  /  Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera  /  “Viva Duets”
  • TALK TO ME BABY  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Annette Funicello  /  “Annette Sings Anka”
  • TALK TO ME BABY  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “The Songs Of Johnny Mercer”
  • WALKIN’ SHOES  /  Mark Winkler  /  “Sings Bobby Troup”
  • WALKIN’  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • SAY IT (OVER AND OVER)  /  Kurt Elling  /  “Flirting With Twilight”
  • TELL ME AND MORE AND THEN SOME  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU  /  John Coltrane Quartet  /  “The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane”
  • TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • SHOW ME  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Something Cool”
  • I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU  /  Arthur Prysock & Count Basie  /  “Arthur Prysock/Count Basie”
  • DANSEZ-SUR- MOI (GIRL TALK)  /  Cecile Messyasz  /  “Theo’s Lullaby”
  • WALKING MY BABY BACK HOME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Oscar Peterson  /  “With Respect To Nat”
  • IN WALKED BUD  /  Carmen McRae  /  “The Look Of Love”
  • MUMBLES  /  Clark Terry  /  “Oscar Peterson Trio + One”
  • IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU  /  Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones  /  “In Full Swing”
  • I WALK A LITTLE FASTER  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “They Say It’s Spring”
  • LET’S TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “It’s A Warp”
  • WALK ON BY  /  Diana Krall  /  “Quiet Nights”
  • WINTER WONDERLAND  /  Kenny Rankin  /  A Christmas Album”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  

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PLAYLIST FOR “MUSIC TO BE THANKFUL FOR” (11.25.17)

27 Nov

Time for the 8th Annual Music To Be Thankful For show, featuring music I’m thankful for and selections from some of the other broadcasters at WMNR, plus messages from three of the vocalists I admire most. And because this show always falls around my birthday, it was also the 8th Annual Family Night at Turntable For One with my wife and my son joining in. In short, a good time was had by all – especially me. 

(Special Guest)  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SHALL WE DANCE  /  Lucy Dixon  /  “Lulu’s Back In Town”
  • (Gary Gerrard)  /  I GOT PLENTY O’ NOTHIN’  /  Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Porgy And Bess”
  •  (Fred Velardi)  /  HERE COMES THE SUN  /  Yo-Yo Ma  /  “Songs Of Joy & Peace”
  • LOVER COME BACK TO ME  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Gypsy In My Soul”
  • (Connie Evingson)  /  LOVE YOU MADLY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook”
  • (Susan Kennedy)  /  ASK ME AGAIN  /  Nancy LaMott  /  “Ask Me Again”
  • (Megan Stine)  /  DJANGO  /  Modern Jazz Quartet  /  “Longing For The Continent”
  •  (Dan Lenore)  /  DAY BY DAY  /  Jo Stafford  /  “Starring Jo Stafford”
  •  WHY DO YOU DO IT (IF IT MAKES YOU SICK)  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “The Lock And The Key”
  • (Marilyn Older)  /  GONE AT LAST  /  Paul Simon & Phoebe Snow  /  “The Essential Paul Simon”
  • (Garrett Stack)  /  DARKNESS AND TREES  /  Cast Of “Come From Away”  /  “Come From Away”
  •  (Cody Owen Stine)  /  SECOND CHANCE  /  Carmen McRae  /  “Bittersweet”
  • (Will Duchon)  /  OH MISTRESS MINE  /  Mary Kadderly  /  “Lucky Me”
  • YOU’LL SEE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • (Jackie Ryan)  /  MIDNIGHT SUN  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “How Long Has This Benn Going On?”
  • (Rich Moran)  /  I HAD MYSELF A TRUE LOVE  /  Barbara Cook  /  “Live From London”
  •  EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED  /  Mose Allison  /  “American Legend – Live In California”
  •  WAITER, THE CHECK  /  Cousin Alice  /  “Pour Me”
  •  WHEN I FALL IN LOVE  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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