Tag Archives: Nellie McKay


18 Feb

Stress – you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. But you can minimize it and since I always try to minimize everything, I’m the perfect person to turn to for suggestions. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • SLAP THAT BASS  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Geo. & Ira Gershwin Songbook”
  • RELAX  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • HAPPY FEET  /  Roberta Donnay  /  “Bathtub Gin”
  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Vegas”
  • A DOODLIN’ SONG  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • GROOVIN’  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “The Kenny Rankin Album”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO SMILE  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Merry Go Round”
  • LET’S GET LOADED  /  Carey West  /  “Made Of Clay”
  • SMILE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Steven Tyler  /  “To Love Again”
  • DO IT AGAIN  /  Delicatessen  /  “Jazz + Bossa”
  • DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Annie Sellick & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “No Greater Thrill”
  • ALL OF ME  /  Dick Hyman & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra  /  “Handful Of Keys”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • NEW YORK ON SUNDAY  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Hello Dolly To Goodbye Charlie”
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • HUNGRY MAN  /  Mark Winkler  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • CALL ME  /  Astrud Gilberto  /  “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness”
  • TIME TO SMILE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Art Of Romance”
  • BEFORE YOU KNOW IT  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • NEVER NEVER LAND  /  Jeff Hall  /  “Life, collected”
  • DREAM  /  Joanie Sommers  /  “Dream”
  • YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING  /  Allan Harris & Takana Myamoto  /  “Convergence”
  • I SEE BEAUTY  /  Johanna Silanpaa  /  “From This Side”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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18 Oct

The world is going crazy – I don’t think you can find much evidence to the contrary; and certainly not on this week’s show. Okay, it may be going crazy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t swing.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • GOIN’ CRAZY  /  The Three Haircuts
  • IT’S CRAZY  /  Mary Stallings  /  “I Waited For You”
  • CRAZY SHE CALLS ME  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • CRAZY  /  Tierney Sutton  /  “Something Cool”
  • THIS FUNNY WORLD  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Stage & Screen Hits”
  • CRAZY RHYTHM  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Normal As Blueberry Pie”
  • OH YOU CRAZY MOON  /  Frank D’Rone  /  “Double Exposure”
  • STRANGE FEELINGS  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington By Night”
  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Frankie Vaughan  /  “Let’s Make Love Soundtrack”
  • MAD MAD ME  /  Sophie Bancroft  /  “Hot & Cold”
  • THIS HAPPY MADNESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings
  • TENDER MADNESS  /  Grace Kelly  /  “Mood Changes”
  • BALLAD OF THE THIN MAN  /  Bob Dylan  /  “After The Flood”
  • STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS  /  Fleurine  /  “Fire”
  • GOIN’ OUT OF MY HEAD  /  Les McCann  /  “How’s Your Mother?”
  • YOU COULD DRIVE A PERSON CRAZY  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Cleo Sings Sondheim”
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Mel Torme  /  “Too Darn Hot”
  • CRAZY LOVE  /  Ray Charles & Van Morrison  /  “The Best Of Van Morrison”
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Holly Cole  /  “Color & Light”
  • COFFEE IN A CARDBOARD CUP  /  Mandy Patinkin  /  “Mandy Patinkin”
  • I’M NOT OKAY  /  Allegra Levy  /  “Lonely City”
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  Everybody Says Don’t”
  • YOU CALL IT MADNESS  /  Diana Krall/  “All For You”
  • I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM  /  Pat Suzuki  / “Pat Suzuki Sings”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • SUMMER, HIGHLAND FALLS  /  Jessica Molaskey  /  “Sitting In Limbo”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “SONG & DANCE” (9.12.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzsingers

12 Sep

Just in case anyone couldn’t wait for the next Republican Presidential debate to get their quota of Song & Dance, I presented an all-singing, some-dancing hour of great songs and singers. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • WITHOUT A SONG  /  Joe Williams  /  “Live At Newport ‘64”
  • STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY  /  Nina Simone  /  “The Amazing Nina Simone”
  • I WON’T DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First”
  • POLKA DOTS AND MOONBEAMS  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “Sassy Swings The Tivoli”
  • THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU’RE DANCING  /  Kurt Elling  /  “This Time It’s Love”
  • DIG IT  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Normal As Blueberry Pie”
  • BY MYSELF  /  (Mystery Dancer)  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Live From Australia”
  • MONICAS VALS  /  The Real Group  /  “Varför Får Man Inte Bara Vara Som Man Är?
  • I CAN’T BE BOTHERED NOW  /  Nicole Henry  /  “The Very Thought Of You”
  • SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS  /  Denzal Sinclaire  /  “Just Passing Through”
  • WHEN HE MAKES MUSIC  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “How Glad I Am”
  • I HOPE YOU DANCE  /  Deborah Lippmann & Savion Glover  /  “Nightingale”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “REQUESTS & DEDICATION WEEK” (5.30.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazzvocalists

31 May

I opened up the phone lines, got dozens of calls and requests, and was able to play 15 in the hour. My thanks to everyone who called; my apologies to those who couldn’t get through and to those who got through but I ran out of time to play their requested song. We’ll have to try this again sometime. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • YOU’RE A SWEETHEART  /  Lee Wiley  /  “West Of The Moon”
  • SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT  /  Terri Thornton  /  “Terri Thornton Sings Somewhere In The Night”
  • I’LL BE SEEING YOU  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Point Of No Return”
  • MEMORY  /  Betty Buckley  /  Cats Original Cast Production
  • LONG ABOUT NOW  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Softly”
  • SATIN DOLL  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues”
  • ROCKIN’ CHAIR  /  Hoagy Carmichael  /  “Hoagy Sings Carmichael”
  • THEY SAY IT’S SPRING  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Verve Masters #51”
  • MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER  /  Nellie McKay  /  “My Weekly Reader”
  • COCKTAILS FOR TWO  /  Spike Jones  /  “Laughing Out Loud”
  • I LOVE TO LOVE  /  Nina Simone  /  “Forbidden Fruit”
  • WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW  /  June Christy  /  “June’s Got Rhythm”
  • BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME  /  Ricky Nelson  /  “You Can’t Please Everybody”
  • SMILE  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  “Half The Perfect World” 
  • MOVIN’ OUT  /  Billy Joel  /  “The Essential Billy Joel”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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PLAYLIST FOR “POLITICALLY INCORRECT!” (3.21.15) #jazz #jazzradio #jazz vocals

22 Mar

How to celebrate March as National Women’s Month? I had two choices. Choice A: Play a whole song by a male singer and then play a woman singing 77% of her song. Choice B: Demonstrate how far we’ve come by ironically playing a dozen politically incorrect songs which maybe still hit the mark musically, but certainly miss the point of the celebration by a mile. Of course, I pretended to chose B. In truth I don’t find any of these songs, except maybe the Godfrey song, to be politically incorrect, but period pieces and some favorite songs I’ve enjoyed for years. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • WIVES AND LOVERS  /  Jack Jones  /  “Greatest Hits”
  • GIRL TALK  /  Giacomo Gates  /  “Fly Right”
  • I ENJOY BEING A GIRL  /  Peggy Lee  /  “Latin A la Lee”
  • TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N’ Easy”
  • MY MAN  /  Billie Holiday  /  “The Complete 1952-1957 Small Group Sessions”
  • YOU’RE NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU  /  Sammy Davis Jr.  /  “Here’s Sammy Davis Jr.”
  • TOO FAT POLKA  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Arthur Godfrey  /  “Too Fat Polka”
  • TEA FOR TWO  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summer Time”
  • I WANNA GET MARRIED  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • NINA NEVER KNEW  /  John Pizzarelli  /  “Our Love Is Here To Stay”
  • IT’S A MAN  /  Duchess  /  “Duchess”
  • SLEEPY TIME GAL  /  Tony Bennett  /  “A Time For Love”
  • WHAT THE USE OF WOND’RIN’  /  Daryl Sherman  /  “A Hundred Million Miracles”
  • MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Interlude”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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28 Sep

I know that you depend on Turntable For One to come up with easy answers to hard questions, the questions no one is asking (probably for lack of interest). And I don’t think the show has ever failed you, at least, not on that score. So last night, I challenged the old saw, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Of course, the easy way to prove or disprove this would have been to bring an old dog into the studio and spend my hour of air time trying to teach it a new trick. However I scoff at the easy way, I eschew the conventional, and, so, instead, I played an hour of songs or singers related to the topic. The results may not have been conclusive, but they sure were swinging. 


Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “That San Francisco Sun”
  • WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Welcome To My Love”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie  /  “Ella & Basie!”
  • 7 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE  /  Jamie Cullum   /  “Catching Tales”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Michelle Pfeiffer & Dave Grusin  /  “The Fabulous Baker Boys Soundtrack”
  • WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA  /  Wilford Brimley  /  Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • BAD INFLUENCE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Paul Shaffer  /  “Just Passing Through”
  • MARRY THE MAN TODAY  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “I Like Men”      
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  Tania Grubbs  /  “Lost In The Stars”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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15 Mar

March Madness. Hey — it’s not just for basketball. After a winter like this one and a calendar filled with holidays and celebrations, it’s also a state of mind, an unstable state of mind, at least according to tonight’s singers. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • THIS HAPPY MADNESS  /  Kenny Rankin  /  Here In My Heart
  • YOU CALL IT MADNESS  /  Lizzie Thomas  /  More Than You Know
  • YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • CRAZY SHE CALLS ME  /  Tony Bennett  /  Bennett On Holiday
  • MAD MAD ME  /  Sophie Bancroft  /  “Hot And Cold”
  • OH, YOU CRAZY MOON  /  Frank Sinatra  /  Moonlight Sinatra
  • MAD ABOUT THE BOY  /  (mystery vocalist)  /  Cybill Shepherd  /  “Cybill Getz Better”
  • CRAZY LOVE  /  Andrea Wolper  /  The Small Hours
  • CRAZY RHYTHM  /  Nellie McKay  /  Normal As Blueberry Pie
  • CRAZY  /  Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello  /  “Lost Highway”
  • STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS  /  Georgina Jackson  /  Watch What Happens
  • LOSING MY MIND  /  Cleo Laine  /  “Cleo Sings Sondheim”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)