Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings Archive

Aired: Thu, 03/13/2014 (All day)

The Sentimental Ballad
Romantic, elevated, impassioned, melodramatic, pure, and repressed — the major song form of the 19th century.

Aired: Thu, 03/06/2014 (All day)

“If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews”
From the Irish to the Jews in Tin Pan Alley, a musical history about discrimination and acceptance.

Aired: Thu, 02/27/2014 (All day)

Satch and Bing
Friends at a time when blacks and whites were rarely friends, Armstrong and Crosby had a rare chemistry when they performed together.

Aired: Thu, 02/20/2014 (All day)

Life Is Like a Train
Even if it isn’t, follow along for a century of songs about riding the rails, from the suburbs to the other end of the continent.

Aired: Thu, 02/13/2014 (All day)

Good Times and Bad
It’s always a time for hope, but preferably with your eyes wide open.

Aired: Thu, 02/06/2014 (All day)

Sob Songs
Irving Berlin coined the term so here are the great “sob songs,” music and words by the master.

Aired: Thu, 01/30/2014 (All day)

The Songs of William Jerome
An important lyricist from Tin Pan Alley when sheet music decided the fate of a song.

Aired: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:01am

Maceo Pinkard and His Lyricists

Maceo Pinkard was the first African-American composer to work mainly with white lyricists.

Aired: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:01am

Love with an Edge

Love songs that trade in limits, irony, hard-eyed clarity – and unquenchable romanticism.

Aired: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:01am

Spirituals and Minstrel Songs

African-American music in the 19th century, from the sacred to the profane, the exalted to the demeaning.

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