My Place

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Host Joel Najman weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology, and even psychology among the music of the '50s and '60s, creating a snapshot of life at that time. With My Place, you enjoy the music as well as the story behind the song.

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After years of fan requests you can now hear My Place (and All The Traditions) anytime, anywhere as part of the VPR Replay stream. If you miss the show or just want to hear it again, you have two weeks to enjoy the show. Listen with the VPR Replay player or look for Replay on the VPR Audio Player, mobile apps and online streams.

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During a 50 year career in the contemporary music industry, Shelby Singleton rose from record promoter and talent scout to studio producer and record company president boldly breaking  industry norms almost every step of the way.  With an inherent flair for the unconventional, Shelby Singleton became a legend among his peers.  This week My Place profiles Shelby Singleton with an hour of the memorable hits he helped place on the national charts.

Sam Phillips' Sun Records was one of the most influential record companies in the 1950s during the formative years of the emerging rock & roll era.  Famous for releasing Elvis Presley's first commercial singles, Sun Records also recorded some of the finest southern blues of the 1950s and these records are sampled this week on My Place.  Memorable recordings by Rufus Thomas, James Cotton and Little Junior Parker are among the selections featured.

Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown Record Company in the 1960's was the "Sound Of Young America," and many of the famous early Motown hits were by female recording artists. This week,  My Place continues a series titled "The Women Of Motown." Memorable recordings by Gladys Knight, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell are among the selections featured.

Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown Record Company in the 1960s was the "Sound Of Young America," and many of the famous early Motown hits were by female recording artists. This week My Place program continues a series titled "The Women Of Motown." Memorable recordings by the Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas and the Elgins are among the selections featured.

Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown Record Company in the 1960's was the Sound Of Young America, and many of the famous early Motown hits were by female recording artists. This week, My Place continues a series titled The Women Of Motown. Memorable recordings by the Marvelettes, the Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas are among the selections featured.

Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown Record Company in the 1960's was the Sound Of Young America, and many of the famous early Motown hits were by female recording artists. This week, My Place begins a series titled The Women Of Motown. Memorable recordings by Mary Wells, Debbie Dean and Mable John are among the selections featured.

This week, My Place looks back in time for popular songs that celebrate the fathers in our lives. Memorable recordings by Eddie Fisher, Mary Martin and Luther Vandross are among the selections featured.

Sylvia Moy is a member of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. During the 1960's she wrote many hit songs working for Motown Records in Detroit, and she owns the distinction of becoming the first woman to earn the position of record producer at Motown. This week,  relates the story of Sylvia Moy through the many hit songs she wrote and produced in the studio. Memorable recordings by Martha And The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are among the selections featured.

This week, My Place revisits an old theme with a new take and many new examples. Married Couples Who Recorded Together looks over the past half-century and beyond for instances when musicmakers who were married to one another recorded popular music together. Memorable recordings by Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Ike & Tina Turner and The Captain & Tennille are among the selections presented.

The songwriting team of Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett not only wrote many popular hit songs of the pre-rock & roll era, but also over 40 songs that were recorded by Elvis Presley that appeared in Elvis' motion pictures. This week, My Place traces the the 25-year songwriting partnership of Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, the Ames Brothers, Carl Pekins and the Beatles.

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