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PLAYLIST FOR “MISS YOU, MR. MERCER” (5.26.18)

28 May

This week, almost on the anniversary of his death, I barely scratched the surface of Johnny Mercer’s 1400 songs.  A valiant effort, a daunting task, but a couple hours of great music.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • MISS YOU MR. MERCER  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Songbook”
  • DAY IN DAY OUT  /  Nat King Cole  /  “The Billy May Sessions”
  • SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook”
  • THE DAYS OF WINE & ROSES  /  Kellye Gray  /  “Live At The Bugle Boy”
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • COME RAIN OR COME SHINE/  Nancy LaMott  /  “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Sammy Davis & Count Basie  /  “Our Shining Hour”
  • TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS  /  Helen Merrill  /  “Casa Forte”
  • WHATCHA MA CALL IT  /  Johnny Mercer  /  “Moon River”
  • EMILY  /  Bill Evans Trio  /  “Turn Out The Stars”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  The Coasters  /  “Johnny Mercer Covers”
  • MY NEW CELEBRITY IS YOU  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “My New Celebrity Is You”
  • TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LAURA  /  Kevin Mahogany  /  “Portrait of Kevin Mahogany”
  • LAZYBONES  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Sister Orchid”
  • I REMEMBER YOU  /  Jazzmeia Horn  /  “A Social Call”
  • DREAM  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ringo Starr  /  “Sentimental Journey”
  • WHEN OCTOBER GOES  /  Barry Manilow  /  “2:00 AM Paradise Café”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Bye Bye Blackbird”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “The World We Knew”
  • ONE FOR MY BABY  /  Tony DeSare  /  “One For My Baby”
  • SKYLARK  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • AND SO TO BED  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer”
  •  PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “LOVE & MARRIAGE ROYAL WEDDING STYLE” (5.19.18)

20 May

I celebrated love and marriage, London and the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week. When your desperate for good news, you’ll take any scrap you can find. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “It’s A Man’s World”
  • FROM THIS MOMENT ON  /  Loston Harris  /  “Why Try To Change me Now”
  • I FEEL PRETTY  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Sophie Milman”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  Nellie McKay  / “Get Away From Me”
  • CLOUDBURST/NOT GETTING MARRIED TODAY  /  John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey  /  “Make Believe”
  • A FOGGY DAY  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • THE TENDER TRAP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Robert Palmer  /  “Ridin’ High”
  • WEDDING BELL BLUES  /  Laura Nyro  /  “Live! The Loom’s Desire”
  • I LOVE MY WIFE  /  Ron Boustead  /  “Unlikely Valentine”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Today”
  • PICKING UP AFTER YOU  /  Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle  /  “One From The Heart Soundtrack”
  • MARRY ME A LITTLE  /  Gregg Edleman  /  “Wall To Wall Sondheim”
  • BURNING THE TOAST  /  Suzy Bogguss  /  “A Twist Of Jazz”
  • A WEDDING IN CHEROKEE COUNTY  /  Randy Newman  /  “The Randy Newman Songbook”
  • CHAPEL OF LOVE  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Laverne & Shirley  /  “Laverne & Shirley Sing”
  • ON MY WAY TO YOU  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Love Makes The Changes”
  • WHEN I’M 64  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Let It Be Jazz”
  • MY LOVE WENT TO LONDON  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • EXACTLY LIKE YOU  /  Nina Simone  /  “Nina Simone At Town Hall”
  • A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE  /  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  /  “Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Roberta Gambarini  /  “Easy To Love”
  • TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me To The Alley”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY” (AN ARCHIVE RE-BROADCAST) 5.12.18

14 May

How can you improve on perfection? Don’t ask me, but while I was pondering this irrelevant question last Saturday night, I played a show from May of 2017.  Most of the singers were mothers (in the best sense), I tossed in a hefty helping of motherly advice, plus a couple of momma’s boys to help me wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  “CD Or Album Title

  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • ALWAYS  /  Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap  /  “Love Is Here To Stay”
  • DAT DERE  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “Doozy”
  • WHEN I GROW TOO OLD TO DREAM  /  Carline Ray  /  “Vocal Sides”
  • BLUE TURNING GRAY  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Harlem On My Mind”
  • MOTHER’S LOVE  /  Allan Harris  /  “Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better”
  •  HAPPINESS IS JUST A THING CALLED JOE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  12 Nights In Hollywood”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  Ray Brown Jr.  /  “The Best of Ray Brown Jr.”
  • NEW WORDS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Laura Osnes  /  “If I Tell You”
  • MEDLEY FOR JORDAN/ NOT WHILE I’M AROUND  /  Veronica Nunne  /  “American Lullaby”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)
  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?  /  Shirley Horn  /  “Songs Of Lost Love”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • I’M CONFESSIN’  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • LOOK AT THAT FACE  /  Greta Matassa  /  “Favorites From A Long Walk”
  • THAT FACE  /  Barbra Streisand  /  “What Matters Most Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of  Alan & Marilyn Bergman”
  • ME, MYSELF, AND I  /  Randy Crawford  /  “Live”
  • BE A CHILD  /  Cleo Laine & Dudley Moore  /  “Smilin’ Through”
  • I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU  /  Jacqui Dankworth  /  “It Happens Quietly”
  • BLUE SKIES  /  Diana Krall  /  “Turn Up The Quiet”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • I AM YOUR CHILD  /  Barry Manilow  /  “Barry Manilow”
  •  CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc.: Live At Carnegie Hall”
  • SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “La Scala”
  • 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 ever 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 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 “COMING & GOING” (4.7.18)

9 Apr

Get the feeling these days you don’t know whether you’re coming or going? This show didn’t make things better because that what all the music was about. Not helpful? Hey – Do I look like Dr. Phil?

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album title

  • SOMETHING’S COMING  /  Lilly Thornton  /  “Something’s Coming”
  • COME FLY WITH ME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • COME DANCE WITH ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “From This Moment On”
  • I’M GONNA MOVE TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN  /  Ray Charles  /  “United We Swing: The Best Of The JALC Galas”
  • YOU CAME A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS  /  Peggy Lee & George Shearing  /  “Beauty & The Beat”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We met?”
  • COMES LOVE  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “French Fries & Champagne”
  • HELLO I MUST BE GOING  /  Groucho Marx  /  “Comedy Tonight: The Golden Age”
  • COME BACK TO ME  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Pat Collins  /  “The Hip Hypnotist”
  • THE BEST IS YET TO COME  /  Delicatessen Jazz  /  “Goodnight Kiss”
  • GONE, GONE, GONE  /  Miles Davis  /  “Porgy & Bess”
  • GO TO HELL  /  Nina Simone  /  “Silk & Soul”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • COME RUNNIN’  /  Lena Horne  /  “Lena Horne At The Waldorf Astoria”
  • GONE WITH THE WIND  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella At Zardi’s”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ricky Nelson  /  “More Songs By Ricky”
  • I’M GONNA GO FISHIN’  /  Carol Welsman  /  “I Like Men”
  • DON’T GO TO STRANGERS  /  Arthur Prysock & Count Basie  /  “Arthur Prysock/Count Basie”
  • IF YOU GO AWAY  /  Inger Marie Gunderson  /  “By Myself”
  • ANYTHING GOES  /  Calabira Foti  /  “In The Still Of The Night”
  • YOU GO TO MY HEAD  /  Tony DeSare & Edward Decker  /  “One For My Baby”
  • COME SUNDAY  /  The Real Group  /  “Live In Stockholm”
  • AND SO IT GOES  /  Gavin Hope  /  “For All We Know”
  • TIME TO GO  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Dreams”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY” (3.17.17)

20 Mar

Just about every performer and even some of the composers this week were either Irish or Irish-American, including one of the Mystery Vocalists which was an Irish Setter. But my favorite part of the show was eating some authentic Irish food – I gobbled down a bowl of Lucky Charms.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • DETOUR AHEAD  /  Mary Coughlan  /  “Long Honeymoon”
  • THE PARTY’S OVER  /  Van Morrison  /  “Versatile”
  • UNDECIDED/DOWN WITH LOVE  /  Emilie Conway  /  The Secret Of A Rose”
  • THE HEATHER ON THE HILL  /  Kate McGarry  /  “The Target”
  • MOLLY MALONE  /  The Hi-Lo’s  /  “The Hi-Lo’s Happen To Folk Music”
  • MEET YOU AT THE MOON   /  Imelda May  /  “Love Tattoo”
  • THE MOON’S A HARSH MISTRESS  /  Judy Collins & Jimmy Webb  /  “Live At The Metropolitan Museum”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Jackie Ryan  /  “The Best Of Love Songs”
  • THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Ed McMahon  /  “And Me, I’m Ed McMahon”
  • I WISH I COULD SAY THAT I’M FINE  /  Katharine Timoney  /  “Man Of Mine”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HIS FACE  /  Katherine McPhee  /  “I Fall In Love Too Easily”
  • HELLO DOLLY  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “Oh My NOLA”
  • ANGEL EYES  /  Louis Stewart  /  “Angel Eyes”
  • SECRET LOVE  /  Sinead O’Connor  /  “Am I Not Your Girl?”
  • GONE GONE GONE  / (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Colin Farrell  /  “Crazy Heart” The Soundtrack”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie  /  “Ella & Basie”
  • THE IRISH BALLAD  /  Tom Lehrer  /  “Revisited”
  • GO DOWN EASY  /  Christine Tobin  /  “Romance & Revolution”
  • I WANT TO BE AROUND  /  Tony Bennett & Bono  /  “Duets: An American Classic”
  • HOW ARE THINGS IN GLOCCA MORRA  /  Chris McNulty  /  “The Song That Sings You Here”
  • DANNY BOY  /  Bill Evans  /  “Bill Evans For Lovers”
  • LOOK TO THE RAINBOW  /  Al Jarreau  /  “Look To The Rainbow”
  • SOME OTHER TIME  /  Honor Heffernan  /  “Fire And Ice”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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