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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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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The Philles Record Company was the vehicle for many of the biggest hit singles of the 1960's by artists that included the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Righteous Brothers.The company name was an acronym derived from the first names of record producer Phil Spector and music industry entrepreneur Lester Sill, a partnership that was a rocky one.This week on My Place, host Joel Najman traces the history of the personal and professional association of Phil Spector and Lester Sill, punctuated by many of the popular music recordings that resulted from their partnership.

My Place: The Bryants

Nov 8, 2014
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Felice and Boudleaux Bryant were a Nashville-based husband and wife songwriting team who, during a four decade period beginning in the late 1940's, not only wrote some of country music's enduring classics, but also songs that shaped and expanded the newly emerging rock & roll of the late 1950's and beyond.  This week on My Place, host Joel Najman relates the story of the Bryants' personal and professional relationship illustrated with an hour of the couple's most famous songwriting successes.


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Old Town Records was one of the pioneering rhythm-and-blues independent New York City record companies at the dawning of the rock-and-roll era. Its founder, Hy Weiss, was one of the more colorful characters in the dog-eat-dog popular music business at that time. This week on My Place, host Joel Najman relates the story of Old Town Records with an hour of the company's biggest hits and most significant recordings.

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Laurie Records was a successful independent record company in New York City which, beginning in 1958, released many contemporary hit singles and albums over a four-decade lifespan. One of Laurie Records' specialties was as purveyor of harmony group vocal and street corner doo-wop recordings.

This week on My Place, Joel Najman samples an hour of Laurie Records' most famous and significant vocal group recordings from the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Broadcast Saturday, October 25th at 8 p.m.

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This week on My Place, the conclusion of a remembrance of songwriter/record producer Bob Crewe. Hear an hour of his biggest hits and most enduring recordings, ranging from his production of hits with The Four Seasons in the early 1960s to his disco-style dance hits of the mid-1970s. Host Joel Najman will play hits by Frankie Valli, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and LaBelle. 

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This week on My Place, it's the second installment of novelty songs, including many listener requests. Host Joel Najman will play memorably comedic songs by Louis Jordan, Ray Stevens and Nervous Norvus.


My Place: VPR A Go Go!

Sep 19, 2014
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Last Year's VPR -Go-Go dance party in Middlebury was such a big success that we are doing it again this year! VPR A-Go-Go II is Saturday September 27th at 7 p.m. at Higher Ground Ballroom on Williston Road in South Burlington.  VPR's Joel Najman will be spinning the platters from the decade that took us from beach parties to Woodstock. In advance of our fun 1960's dance extravaganza, this Saturday's My Place will preview some of the great dance music already requested by listeners for the party.

My Place: Swan Records

Sep 13, 2014
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Swan Records was an independent record company formed in Philadelphia in 1957. Over the next decade, it released dozens of nationally popular hit singles. This week on My Place, host Joel Najman traces the history of the Swan Record Company, and presents a mixture of Swan's biggest hits and most significant releases by Freddy Cannon, Billy & Lillie and The Beatles.

Broadcast on Saturday, September 13 at 8 p.m.

VPR A Go-Go... Again

Sep 10, 2014

VPR's epic 60's dance party with Joel Najman was such a success last year, we're doing it again! Join us on Saturday night, September 27 at Higher Ground in South Burlington for VPR A Go-Go part two.