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 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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This week on My Place, pop music lyricist Howie Greenfield is featured.

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This week on My Place, host Joel Najman shines the spotlight on Ode Records, a company founded by Lou Adler in 1967. Among its successes, the record company is famous for catapulting singer/songwriter Carole King to super-stardom in 1971 with the release of her landmark album, Tapestry.

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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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Over the years, many individual recording artists have professionally used just a single name. In modern times, Prince, Beyonce and Adele come quickly to mind.

This week on My Place with Joel Najman, we take a look back in time for the earliest examples of "mononymous" recording artists - those who have been best known by just a single name. Among the artists featured are Annette, Fabian and, of course, Cher.

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It was not unusual for an occasional hit record in the United States to have been recorded in a language other than English.  This week, My Place host Joel Najman features a collection of vintage popular songs recorded entirely or partially in French. Among the selections featured is 'Dominique' from 1963, the international hit recording by performed by Souer Sourire, whom Americans came to know as The Singing Nun.

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