Fascinatin' Rhythm Listings Archive

Aired: Thu, 03/27/2014 (All day)

Real People, Real Talk
How song lyrics changed early in the 20th century from stylized to realistic, formal to slangy, ornate to conversational.

Aired: Thu, 03/20/2014 (All day)

Charm Songs
Hard to define, Charm Songs fill the middle ground between ballads and comic songs. Their name reflects the fact that they’re irresistible.

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.

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