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 presents a hour of vintage rhythm & blues recordings from the 1940's and pre-rock-era 1950's that deal with alcohol and drinking. Classic recordings by Louis Jordan, Peppermint Harris and Amos Milburn are among the selections featured.
 

This week, My Place presents the fourth and concluding installment in a series of profiles of gospel, soul and session singer extraordinaire Cissy Houston.

This week, My Place presents the third in a series of profiles of gospel, soul and session singer extraordinaire Cissy Houston. Known as the mother of singer Whitney Houston and aunt of singers Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston's own career as a professional singer today extends over sixty years. This week's My Place continues looking at Cissy's work as a member of the Sweet Inspirations, singing backup on famous hit records by Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and others.

This week on My Place, the second in a series of profiles of gospel, soul and session singer extraordinaire Cissy Houston. Known as the mother of singer Whitney Houston and aunt of singers Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Houston's own career as a professional singer today extends over sixty years.

This week's My Place continues Cissy's work as a session vocalist in New York City, singing backup on famous hit records by Dionne Warwick, Jackie DeShannon, Wilson Pickett and others.

This week, Joel Najman's My Place program presents the first in a series of profiles of gospel, soul and session singer extraordinaire Cissy Houston.

This week, Joel Najman's My Place program continues the celebration of the lives of musicians and recording artists who passed away in 2014 with examples of their most famous performances. Memorable recordings by Bobby Womack, Johnny Winter and the Orlons are among the selections featured.

This week, Joel Najman's My Place program continues the celebration of the lives of musicians and recording artists who passed away in 2014 with examples of their most famous performances.  Memorable recordings by Deon Jackson, the Five Stairsteps and Jerry Vale are among the selections featured.

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.

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