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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After hearing many excellent suggestions from My Place listeners, this week's program is another collection of very different songs that share the identical title.

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This week on My Place, I'll present another series of very different popular songs that share an identical title. We will feature memorable recordings by the Beach Boys, Art Garfunkel and Steely Dan.

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Otis Blackwell grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930s, listening to cowboy music. Blackwell went on to write some of the biggest seminal hits of the early rock-and-roll era.

My Place: The Cookies

Jan 20, 2017
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This week on My Place, we spotlight The Cookies, originally a trio of singing cousins who got together in Brooklyn in 1953.

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This week, My Place traces the career and music of British songwriter, producer and orchestrator, Tony Hatch.

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In a career that extended some 40 years, composer and lyricist Frank Loesser provided original songs for over 60 Hollywood motion pictures as well as many musical stage productions, including Broadway's classic, "Guys And Dolls."

 

The New Year's Eve edition of My Place visits the classic doo-wop group harmony hits of the early years of the rock 'n' roll era. Memorable recordings by the Dell-Vikings, the Penguins and The Five Satins are among the selections featured.

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This weekend, spend Christmas Eve at My Place. The program will feature a collection of holiday favorites from pop, rock and country artists of earlier years.

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Jerome Kern is often referred to as "The Father Of American Musical Theater." During the first half of the 20th century, Kern composed more than 700 songs for no less than 104 musical stage productions and motion pictures.

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Musician Leon Russell passed away this year. Before emerging as a major rock star under his own name in the early 1970's, Russell was a studio session musician as a member of Los Angeles' elite "Wrecking Crew," that creme de la creme group of first-call players.

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Gary S. Paxton passed away in 2016 at age 77.

Morris Levy was a music industry executive known for having founded Roulette Records in New York City in 1957. 

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Guitarist, songwriter and record producer Chips Moman passed away in June of this year at age 79. This week's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Moman with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, Carla Thomas and many others.

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The early 1960's professional partnership of music industry entrepreneur Lester Sill and record producer Phil Spector was turbulent and short-lived.

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This week on My Place, hear the story behind the big 1950s pop hit "Rockin' Robin," in this concluding spotlight on the Class Records Company of Los Angeles.

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Class Records operated in Los Angeles from 1951 through 1963 and released some of the finest rhythm and blues and rock and roll of that period.

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Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.

Otis René is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", co-written with his brother Leon René and this week on My Place, we'll hear songs penned by these song-writing siblings.

My Place: Mac Davis

Sep 30, 2016
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Mac Davis is a singer/songwriter from Lubbock, Texas, who not only charted 30 hits under his own name, but also wrote four major hits for Elvis Presley. 

This week on My Place, we'll trace Mac Davis' five-decade career in music with memorable recordings by Davis, Elvis and Bobby Goldsboro.

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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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