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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My Place
4:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kapp Records

This week My Place presents the first part of a two-part profile of Kapp Records, an independent record company that operated in New York City between 1954 and 1973. Memorable hit singles by Roger Williams, Jane Morgan, and the Chad Mitchell Trio are among the selections featured.

Broadcast Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

My Place
11:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

My Place: Rock & Roll April Birthdays Part 2

This week, Joel Najman's My Place concludes its two-part series on recording artists from the rock era's first golden years who are celebrating birthdays this month of April.

Featured this week are recordings by a number of birthday "Bobby's", including Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Vee and Bobby Bare.

Broadcast Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

My Place
11:20 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Rock & Roll April Birthdays

This week  Joel Najman's My Place celebrates recording artists of the rock & roll era whose birthdays fall in this month of April.

Memorable recordings by Tommy James and the Shondells, Janis Ian and Jimmy Cliff are among the selections featured.

Broadcast Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

My Place
10:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

My Place: Popular Songs About The Sun And Sunshine

This week My Place program presents an hour of popular songs about the sun and sunshine. Memorable recordings by Harry Belafonte, the Beatles, and Stevie Wonder are among the selections featured.

Broadcast Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

My Place
4:13 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

My Place: The British Invasion Of 1964

This week My Place looks back exactly fifty years to what has been labeled the "British Invasion" of American popular music.

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My Place
1:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

My Place: Ace Record Company

This week Joel Najman's My Place profiles artists who recorded for the Ace Record Company of Jackson, Mississippi as well as the company's colorful founder Johnny Vincent.

Between 1955 and 1962, Ace specialized in R&B and pop music coming out of New Orleans during the rock era's earliest years including memorable hits by Huey "Piano" Smith, Jimmy Clanton, and Frankie Ford.

Initial broadcast Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. on VPR. Did you miss the show? You have 2 more weeks to hear it online!

My Place
11:46 am
Wed March 5, 2014

My Place: A Musical Profile Of Jesse Stone

This week, My Place presents a musical profile of songwriter, arranger, bandleader and record producer, Jesse Stone, who is credited as being an architect of the rhythm & blues sound that ushered in the rock & roll explosion of the mid-1950's. You'll hear seminal recordings by Big Joe Turner, Chuck Willis and Ray Charles.

Broadcast Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

The Clovers perform Jesse Stone's Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash

4:52 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

My Place: Al Gorgoni

1960's duo "Just Us". Al Gorgoni is on the left, Chip Taylor on the right.
Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week Joel Najman's My Place presents a musical profile of singer, songwriter and studio guitarist Al Gorgoni.

As one of New York City's first-call studio guitarists during the rock era's first golden age, Al Gorgoni has played guitar on classic hit recordings by Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, Van Morisson and many others.

Broadcast Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

My Place
12:35 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

My Place: Clyde Otis

Joel Najman's My Place presents a musical profile of songwriter, record producer and music publisher Clyde Otis.

Clyde Otis was a pioneer in the burgeoning popular music industry of the 1950's as the first African American to head the artist & repertoire division of a major label American record company. During his career, Clyde Otis wrote and/or produced major hits for many famous recording artists, including Brook Benton, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan.

Broadcast Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.

My Place
11:28 am
Fri February 14, 2014

My Place: Female Singing Groups Of Early Rock & Roll

Members of the singing quartet the Crystals, from left, Dee Dee, Francis, Barbara and La La, arrive from the United States at London Airport, England, in 1964.

During the early to mid 1960's there was a proliferation of teenage female vocal singing groups in Top 40 popular music, and many of these groups had clever and memorable names.

Joel Najman's My Place samples a baker's dozen of these groups, with selections by the Angels, Chiffons, Dixie Cups and many others.

Broadcast Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m.