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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This week Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the lives of musicians and music makers who passed away during calendar year 2012.


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Willie And The Hand Jive
Composer
Album no album name 45rpm single
Record Label Capitol 3966

At Last
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Album no album name 45rpm single
Record Label Argo 5380

Since the 1940's there has been a deluge of secularized popular songs centered around Christmas and the Christmas season. Curiously, many of the biggest radio hits and enduring songs of this type were composed by songwriters who were of Jewish backgrounds. This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents an hour of songs by the Jewish songwriters who have provided the pop music soundtrack of the Christmas season.


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This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents pairs of pop music hits recorded by different generations of the same family. For example, one pairing includes a hit by Frank Sinatra with one by his daughter Nancy Sinatra. The program also includes seven other pairings of this type by other artists who kept it in the family when it came to placing hit records on the pop music Hot 100.


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This week Joel Najman's My Place program features a collection of pop music duets that were hits from the 1950's and 1960's.


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Somethin' Stupid
Composer
Album no album name - 45rpm single
Record Label Reprise 0561

Some Velvet Morning
Composer
Album no album name - 45rpm single
Record Label Reprise 0651

On February 22, 2012 guitarist Billy Strange passed away at age 81. Best remembered as a key member of the elite cadre of Los Angeles studio musicians of the 1960's known as the Wrecking Crew, Billy Strange also distinguished himself as a singer, songwriter, arranger, and movie actor. This week Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Billy Strange.

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Tom Dooley - Revisited

Nov 24, 2012

The recording of Tom Dooley by the Kingston Trio was one of the biggest selling hit singles of 1958 and one that sparked a popular folk music revival which continues to this day. This week Joel Najman's My Place program traces the history of the real-life individual who is the subject of the song, and presents a series of recordings of songs that are predecessors of the Tom Dooley song, one dating back to 1929.


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This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents a collection of popular songs from the 1960's and 1970's that relate to friends and friendship - a program dedicated to his Eastchester, New York high school graduating Class of 1962.

Memorable recordings by Simon amp; Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and others are among the selections featured.


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Singer/songwriter Laura Nyro was inducted into the Rock amp; Roll Hall Of Fame, class of 2012.

Though she never enjoyed a hit single or top-40 LP as a recording artist herself, others who covered her songs enjoyed a slew of major pop hits with her compositions from the late 1960's into the 1970's. In the years that followed, Laura Nyro earned a cult following of fans that still grows in numbers in the fifteen years following her untimely passing.

AP / Andy Williams performs on television in 1961.

On September 25, 2012 crooner Andy Williams died at age 84 at his home in Branson, Missouri. In a singing career that spanned more than seven decades, Andy Williams placed more than fifty hit singles on the national popularity charts and recorded eighteen gold and three platinum-certified albums, reflecting many millions in record sales. This week Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Andy Williams with a collection of his most significant and memorable recordings.


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Etta James 1938-2012

Oct 27, 2012
AP/Jeff Christensen / Etta James performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.

On January 20, 2012 singer Etta James passed away five days shy of her 74th birthday. She began her career as a rhythm amp; blues singer, bringing to her craft such a boundless talent that her repertoire defied categorization; blues, ramp;b, rock amp; roll and jazz were all part of the mix. This week Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Etta James.


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This week Joel Najman's My Place program puts the ladies in the spotlight with a sampling of hit recordings primarily from the 1960's by female singers and vocal groups. Memorable hits by Brenda Lee, Skeeter Davis, Betty Johnson and many others are among the selections included.


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Music, Music, Music
Composer
Album no album name - 45rpm single
Record Label Argo 5391

On July 16, 2012 country music singing star Kitty Wells passed away in Madison, Tennessee at age ninety-two. Kitty Wells was the first female country music megastar and the one who paved the way for all the female country headliners who followed. In 1952 Kitty Wells was the first female recording artist ever to score a national number-one hit single, and she went on to place an astonishing 81 hit singles on the national top 100 country music popularity charts during a singing career that extended over six decades.

The way many songwriters get their songs to the artists who record them is by making demonstration recordings or demos of these songs. These demos are not designed to be ever heard by the general public and provide fascinating insights into the creative process of making a hit record. This week Joel features a collectionof these very rare demos from the early days of Rock amp; Roll. 


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Take Good Care Of My baby
Composer
Record Label Unreleased demonstration recording

AP

Continuing a series of programs of songs that ask a question, this week's My Place with Joel Najman features an hour of vintage popular songs that ask the question "Why?". Interrogative classics by Frankie Lymon, the Belmonts , Pat Boone and many others are featured.

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On September 1, 2012 Hall Of Fame popular music lyricist Hal David passed away at age 91. Many in collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach and with vocalist Dionne Warwick, Hal David's songs are among the most enduring and cherished of the 1960's and beyond.

This week Joel Najman's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Hal David with a collection of his most significant and memorable compositions. In addition to Ms Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, and Herb Alpert are among the recording artists featured.

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