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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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.

The Twist was the biggest dance craze of the early rock & roll era, taking teenage America by storm and catapulting a then-twenty-year old singer with the unlikely name Chubby Checker as the universally acclaimed "King of the Twist." In the concluding part of this series, My Place traces the expansion of the Twist craze into adult society and features some of the most exciting and danceable Twist recordings of the 1960's.

"The Twist" was the biggest dance craze of the early rock & roll era, taking teenage America by storm and catapulting a then 20-year-old singer with the unlikely name Chubby Checker as the universally acclaimed "King of the Twist." In part one of a two-part series, My Place traces the history of the pop cultural phenomenon we remember as "the Twist," and features some of the most exciting and danceable "twist" recordings of the early 1960's.

On Jan. 20, 2015, singer and songwriter Rose Marie McCoy passed away at age 92. As a tunesmith, her first original song was recorded in 1946 and her most recent new song recorded was in 2013, marking an active songwriting career that spanned 67 years. This week, Joel Najman's My Place program presents a concluding part two of the Rose Marie McCoy story, which took her from a farm in Arkansas to the heart of New York City's bustling popular music industry in midtown Manhattan's Brill Building.

From a tin-top shack in Oneida, Arkansas, to the center of New York’s songwriting and music publishing industry, the Brill Building, was the journey of Rose Marie McCoy, who passed away on January 20, 2015.

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