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Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? (Series)

Produced by David Dunaway

Most recent piece in this series:

Program I: Origins

From David Dunaway | Part of the Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? series | 52:40

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Program I: Rediscovering America’s Folk Music

The origins of Pete Seeger go back to his family’s 18th Century immigration from Germany to Puritan New England and continues down through his musicologist parents, Charles and Constance Seeger. Seeger’s older brothers were given violin and piano lessons, but Pete was left to the ukulele. He grew up during the Depression amidst the folk music revival of the 1930s and ‘40s—with Alan Lomax, Lead Belly, and Woody Guthrie.

Seeger’s youthful hitchhiking with a banjo collected folk music. The result was 124 records and CDs, which shape our repertoire as Americans—the songs we know words to, and might sing aloud on buses.

Program Highlights:

  • Rare interviews with Pete’s father, Charles Seeger, profile the first person to teach folk music at an American college
  • Featured artists: Arlo Guthrie, Holly Near, Si Kahn
  • Great Stories: Pete Seeger sings and tells the story of writing his first song, “66 Highway Blues”

The Industrial Musicals Hour

From Jon Kalish | 58:40

A fictional weekly music show celebrating Industrial Musicals on a fictional public radio network

Default-piece-image-0 A celebration of one of the most astonishing yet obscure musical genres of the 20th Century. Industrial musicals were written for company sales meetings or annual conventions, with a golden age spanning the 1950s into the '80s. They were lavish productions that incorporated original music and lyrics, full orchestras and expensive staging, Most were never recorded, though sometimes a record was made and a few hundred copies were distributed as souvenirs. Steve Young, a writer for David Letterman, is the self-appointed archivist and obsessive collector of these recordings, and he's the host each week of a show that shares these recordings with an audience they were never intended for. This is a one-time special. It is not really a weekly show. The special includes an original comedy piece featuring the great Moe Moscowitz, a veteran of NPR's Morning Edition.

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn #1

From Ben Vaughn | Part of the THE MANY MOODS OF BEN VAUGHN series | 58:00

An eclectic mix of music curated by producer, composer, recording artist Ben Vaughn.

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Currently heard on WXPN (Philadelphia), WEVL (Memphis) and Prairie Public Radio (North Dakota).

Rock, blues, jazz, folk, soul, R & B, country, bossa nova, movie soundtracks, easy listening and more, all peppered with Vaughn's twisted musicological slant.

FEATURED THIS WEEK:
__  JAMES BROWN: spoken word performance warning of the evils of drugs
__  PETER SARSTEDT: melody so catchy it might drive you insane
__  WILLIE NELSON: first record from Portland deejay Willie circa 1957

 

A Noble Cause

From Guy Rathbun | Part of the the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy series | 58:59

Bandleader, vocalist, pianist and composer Noble Sissle began his career in 1915 when he joined ragtime-vaudevillian Eubie Blake. Together they wrote the all-black musical Shuffle Along. In 1929, Sissle formed his own orchestra, Sissle's Swingsters - The primary focus for this show.

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A Noble Cause
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Noble_sissle_2_small Noble Sissle is one of American music's unsung  heros of early popular music. Following his successful duo with Blake, he began nurturing the careers of many talented musiicians and singers including Lena Horn and Sidney Bechet, but his real success is in his songwriting. Many of his songs are still performed today.