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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The Twist was the biggest dance craze of the early rock & roll era, taking teenage America by storm and catapulting a then-twenty-year old singer with the unlikely name Chubby Checker as the universally acclaimed "King of the Twist." In the concluding part of this series, My Place traces the expansion of the Twist craze into adult society and features some of the most exciting and danceable Twist recordings of the 1960's.

"The Twist" was the biggest dance craze of the early rock & roll era, taking teenage America by storm and catapulting a then 20-year-old singer with the unlikely name Chubby Checker as the universally acclaimed "King of the Twist." In part one of a two-part series, My Place traces the history of the pop cultural phenomenon we remember as "the Twist," and features some of the most exciting and danceable "twist" recordings of the early 1960's.

On Jan. 20, 2015, singer and songwriter Rose Marie McCoy passed away at age 92. As a tunesmith, her first original song was recorded in 1946 and her most recent new song recorded was in 2013, marking an active songwriting career that spanned 67 years. This week, Joel Najman's My Place program presents a concluding part two of the Rose Marie McCoy story, which took her from a farm in Arkansas to the heart of New York City's bustling popular music industry in midtown Manhattan's Brill Building.

From a tin-top shack in Oneida, Arkansas, to the center of New York’s songwriting and music publishing industry, the Brill Building, was the journey of Rose Marie McCoy, who passed away on January 20, 2015.

Several weeks ago, My Place presented an hour of vintage popular songs about houses. Since then, My Place listeners have written with many excellent suggestions of house songs that I overlooked in assembling that program. So, this week's My Place is a part two of songs about houses, virtually all of which are the suggestions of My Place listeners. Memorable recordings by the Animals, Frank Sinatra, and Dionne Warwick are among the selections featured.

Each year, the Librarian of the Library of Congress designates 25 recordings for inclusion in the National Recording Registry. According to the provisions of the National Preservation Act of 2000, these recordings must be at least 10 years old and are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." This week, My Place presents the concluding part two of a series in which many of the latest 25 selections are presented and their significance discussed. Memorable recordings by Joan Baez, Sweet Emma Barrett and the Doors are among the selections included.

Each year the Librarian of the Library of Congress designates 25 recordings for inclusion in the National Recording Registry. According to the provisions of the National Preservation Act of 2000, these recordings must be at least ten years old and are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." This week, My Place presents part one of a two part series in which many of the latest 25 selections are presented and their significance discussed. Memorable recordings by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Johnny Mercer and Tennessee Ernie Ford are among the selections included.

This week, My Place presents an hour of vintage popular songs about houses. Memorable recordings by Rosemary Clooney, Elvis Presley and Loggins & Messina are among the selections featured.

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.

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