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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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.

My Place: That's Amore

Apr 29, 2016
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This week on My Place, host Joel Najman explores an hour of 1950's and 60's hit songs in America that were sung partially or entirely in Italian.

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This week, host Joel Najman presents an hour of rarely heard stereo versions of original rock-and-roll hits of more than a half-century ago.

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This week, My Place looks at fathers and sons who have recorded pop music hits a generation apart. Prominently featured are the Burnette brothers and sons and the Nelsons - Ozzie, Ricky and his twin sons, Gunnar and Matt. The Nelson clan own the unique distinction of having recorded #1 hit singles over three generations.

My Place: Lee Hazlewood

Mar 18, 2016
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This week, My Place focuses on the early career of singer, songwriter and record producer Lee Hazlewood, who some musicologists refer to as, 'The Psychedelic Cowboy.'

My Place: Artie Resnick

Mar 11, 2016
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This week on My Place, host Joel Najman focuses on the early career of songwriter, record producer and musician Artie Resnick. Working in New York City's legendary Brill Building, Resnick wrote some of the most enduring hits of the rock era's first full golden decade, including "Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters and "Good Lovin'" by the Young Rascals.

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This week on My Place, a musical profile of pop music arranger, composer, and orchestrator Artie Butler.

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If the winter blues are getting you down, we have the cure! Join My Place Host Joel Najman for VPR A-Go-Go, a cabin fever 60s dance party on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

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In a career that today extends some 60 years, American popular music lyricist Norman Gimbel has written songs that have appeared on Broadway, in motion pictures, in television series, and he has won several Oscars and Grammys in the process.

My Place: Artie Kaplan

Feb 17, 2016
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From 1960 and beyond, saxophonist extraordinaire Artie Kaplan played on the studio recordings of over 150 nationally charted pop music hit records, including the dance favorite "The Locomotion" by Little Eva.

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This week, Joel Najman takes us on a musical preview of the VPR A Go Go Cabin Fever DJ Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 8 to midnight at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

Group harmony doo-wop hits of the 1950s and pre-Beatles 1960s most often dealt with one aspect or another of young love.  This week, My Place relates a complete love story brought to life by nineteen carefully selected doo-wop recordings of that era. Memorable recordings by the Teenchords, the Drifters and the Monotones are among the selections featured

The name Ron Dante is hardly a household name, but he’s been heard thousands of times on the radio as the anonymous lead voice on several of the biggest hit records of the 1970s and as the singing voice on countless commercial jingles. Ron Dante also served as the studio producer of several of the most famous hit-making singers of the 1970s and beyond and as the producer of several Tony award-winning plays on Broadway. This week My Place traces the remarkable musical career of Ron Dante with a healthy sampling of both his well-known and lesser known achievements.