Iconic Songs: A few songs succeed, few become standards, and even fewer become icons. These are some of the icons.
Living in Loveland: The place where lovers dream of going, expressed in the elevated romanticism of operetta and the everyday talk of Tin Pan Alley.
They’re All Good American Names: American names come from nearly everywhere, from history, the Bible, slang and conversation, and more. And then they turn up in songs.
Dick Haymes Croons: The title says it all, an hour devoted to one of the very best of the crooners.
The Old Made New: The play between old and young, age and youth, in songs whose true subject is the confluence between time and memory.
“Blue Moon” Plus: “Blue Moon” became a great standard without ever becoming a great hit; here is its unlikely story, complete with asides and digressions.
Penthouse Serenade: Songs about living in New York day by day, from a penthouse to a fourth floor walk-up.
Miss Annette Hanshaw: Largely forgotten now (alas), Annette Hanshaw was one of the most popular songs of the Twenties and early Thirties.
The Big Ballads of the 1930s: After the giddy 1920s, the major ballads of the Depression were dark, melancholy, and introspective.
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