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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Since 1984, the Happy Together Tour has brought together premier recording acts of the 1960s in live performances of some of the most cherished and enduring hit singles of the rock & roll era's first full golden decade. The 2015 Happy Together Tour arrives at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction on Saturday September 5 at 7 p.m.

On rare occasions During the 1960s American rock and roll recording artists recorded versions of their English language hit songs in foreign languages for distribution to countries overseas. These re-recordings were most often done phonetically, oftentimes with amusing results. This week , My Place takes a musical journey to sunny Italy with a collection of familiar American hit singles performed by the original artists in Italian. Gene Pitney, Diana Ross and Lesley Gore are among the artists who also recorded in Italian. 

Though few outside the industry recognize his name, from the 1960s and beyond Jerry Ragovoy  was a major figure within the contemporary music business. He wrote, arranged and produced some of the most enduring soul-style popular recordings of that period.  This week , My Place tells the the fascinating story of of Jerry Ragovoy through a sampling of the marvelous music he helped create. Memorable recordings by Garnet Mimms, Howard Tate and Janis Joplin are among the selections featured.

In the 1950s, Sam Phillips' Sun Records was one of the most influential record companies during the formative years of the rock & roll era. Famous for releasing Elvis Presley's first commercial singles, Sun Records also recorded some of the finest southern rockabilly of the 1950s. This week during My Place,  we'll sample some of those records. We'll hear memorable recordings by Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.

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.

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