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.

VPR Replay: Listen To My Place Online!

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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This week My Place Joel continues his celebration of the lives of musicians and recording artists who passed away in 2014 with examples of their most famous performances. Memorable recordings by Jesse Winchester, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith and Little Joe Cook are among the selections featured.

This week, Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the lives of musicians and recording artists who passed away in 2014, with examples of their most famous performances.  Memorable recordings by Pete Seeger, Phil Everly and Shirley Temple are among the selections featured.

During the entire decade of the 1960's, drummer Benny Benjamin played on countless recordings released by Berry Gordy Jr.'s Motown family of record labels, including many of the company's biggest and most memorable hit singles. Benny Benjamin is a charter member of the legendary "Funk Brothers" Motown studio house band, which has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. This week Joel Najman's My Place program tells the story of Benny Benjamin, complimented by fifteen of the classic Motown hits on which he performed.

Bennie Benjamin was one of the most prolific New York City tin pan alley songwriters, having composed dozens of major hit songs steadily from the early 1940's right through the rock & roll 1950's and beyond.

This week, Joel Najman's My Place program tells the story of Bennie Benjamin's fascinating life illustrated by many of his biggest songwriting successes. Major hit recordings by Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and the Ames Brothers are among the selections presented.

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Everyone is invited to usher in the New Year at VPR's Rock Around The Clock 1950's Sock Hop. The event takes place at Edmunds Middle School Gymnasium in Burlington, Vermont, on Wed., Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. until  8:30 p.m., as part of First Night Burlington's end of year celebration. Full information including how to procure First Night admission buttons can be found online.

Bob Hilliard was a prolific pop music lyricist whose many hit songs both preceded the rock & roll explosion of the mid-1950's and continued well into the rock & roll 1960's.

This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents the story of one of the finest tin pan alley tune smiths of his generation, as well as an hour of his most memorable compositions and biggest hits. Danny Kaye, Patti Page and Gene McDaniels are among the top artists who have recorded Bob Hilliard's songs.

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This week, Joel Najman's My Place program presents a continuation of the previous week's theme of pairing songs using the same melody but with different lyrics.

In contemporary popular music over the years, there have been many instances in which a familiar melody has been recycled in the creation of a new and different song. A number of the examples presented this week are suggestions submitted by My Place listeners.

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In the long history of contemporary popular music, it's not uncommon for an old familiar melody to reappear with new lyrics in the form of a brand new, but different song.  In the My Place program titled "Same Melody, Different Song," host Joel Najman presents a series of paired songs with different lyrics that share identical melodies.

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So prolific was the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, that in the early years they composed songs for other artists to record, in many cases songs The Beatles never recorded themselves for commercial release. This week, My Place host Joel Najman further explores several rare Beatles demonstration recordings as well as a collection of Lennon/McCartney songs that were given to other artists to record.  

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So prolific was the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, that in the early years, they composed songs for other artists to record. In many cases, the Beatles themselves never recorded these songs for commercial release. This week, My Place presents several rare Beatles demonstration recordings as well as a collection of Lennon/McCartney songs that were given to other artists to record.

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