Joel Najman

Host, My Place

Joel has been a part of Vermont's radio scene since 1964. He began his career at WIPS in Ticonderoga, New York. In 1965, he moved to WFAD in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended Middlebury College. Over the years, Joel worked at radio stations WJOY, WQCR, WDOT, WDEV and WVAA where he served at various times as Morning Announcer, Program Director and News Director.

None of his radio gigs allowed him to express his love for 50s and 60s rock 'n roll music - until VPR. Joel began his association with Vermont Public Radio in the early 1980s, and since 1982 has been the host and producer of VPR's weekly My Place program. Self-taught, he weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology and even psychology among the music, creating a snapshot of life at that time.

Joel was inducted into the Vermont Association Of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2004.

 

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Class Records operated in Los Angeles from 1951 through 1963 and released some of the finest rhythm and blues and rock and roll of that period.

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Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.

Otis René is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", co-written with his brother Leon René and this week on My Place, we'll hear songs penned by these song-writing siblings.

My Place: Mac Davis

Sep 30, 2016
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Mac Davis is a singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, who not only charted 30 hits under his own name, but also wrote four major hits for Elvis Presley. 

This week on My Place, we'll trace Mac Davis' five-decade career in music with memorable recordings by Davis, Elvis and Bobby Goldsboro.

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This week on My Place, we'll feature an hour of recordings by married couples who recorded together. You can hear memorable songs made by Sonny & Cher, Louis Prima and Keely Smith and Ike and Tina Turner.

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This week on My Place, we present an hour full of famous and not-so-famous female rock-and-roll singing groups of the 1960s.

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This week on My Place, we'll shine the spotlight on vintage popular songs that prominently mention birds in the song title and lyrics. We'll hear memorable recordings by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Mills Brothers and The Beatles.

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Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love and trumpeter Wayne Jackson formed a partnership incorporated as "The Memphis Horns."

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As a key member of the Stax Records house rhythm section and a founding member of the Memphis Horns, tenor saxophonist Andrew Love played on hundreds of memorable recordings during a career in music that extended almost five decades.

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson passed away on June 21, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee at age 74. During a professional career that extended over 55 years, Wayne Jackson played horn on 52 chart-topping singles and on 93 gold and platinum albums.

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In the early 1960's Motown founder Berry Gordy thought that he could spur sales overseas by having the Supremes, Temptations and other artists re-record their hits phonetically in foreign languages.

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That bearded, beret-wearing man who often sits next to actor Jack Nicholson at Los Angeles Lakers' home games is music industry mogul Lou Adler.

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This week on My Place, host Joel Najman profiles Boots Randolph.

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My Place host Joel Najman features a collection of famous pop music duets from the early years of the rock-and-roll.

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Host Joel Najman presents well-known hits recorded by early rock and roll era artists and the lesser known recordings they made under other band names.

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John D. Loudermilk is a singer and songwriter who was born and raised in North Carolina.

He relocated to Nashville when well-known singers began to record his songs in the 1960s.

This week on My Place, host Joel Najman features 'part two' of Loudermilk's music.

Najman will play songs by the Everly Brothers, Marianne Faithfull and Loudermilk himself.

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North Carolina-born singer and songwriter John D. Loudermilk is the artist featured on this week's My Place.

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The songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans maintained an active partnership for over six decades and have been described as the last of the great Hollywood songwriters.

My Place: Laura Nyro

May 27, 2016
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This week on My Place, Joel Najman explores the music of singer and songwriter Laura Nyro.  Memorable songs recorded by the 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Laura Nyro herself are among the selections featured.

 

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This week on My Place, hear an hour of vintage hit songs on the U.S. Hot 100 that were partially or entirely sung in Spanish, with memorable recordings by Ritchie Valens, the Coasters and the Sandpipers.

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