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Lots of work songs for Labor Day weekend, some African delights, and a few surprises!

This program will air on Sunday September 3rd from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

From VPR's first day on the air, music has been a critical piece of what makes VPR so special for so many listeners.
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As Vermont Public Radio celebrates 40 years of public service, we're looking back at some of the important moments that have made this service what it is today.

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When the Beatles arrived in the U.S. in 1964 they were quickly followed by a profusion of other British bands that quickly changed the North American popular music landscape. This week's My Place program presents an hour of those bands that followed the Beatles in the order they appeared on the US  pop music charts. Memorable hits by the Dave Clark 5, the Searchers and the Rolling Stones are among the featured selections.

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Each year the Recording Academy - the institution that awards the annual music industry Grammys - designates 25 songs deemed  "of lasting qualitative or historical significance" that are at least 25 years old for inclusion in the Grammy Hall Of Fame. This week's My Place program looks at the 2017 inductees, with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, Arlo Guthrie and Bonnie Raitt among the selections presented.

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Johnny Mercer was one of the foremost lyricists of the 20th century, with a songwriting career that extended from 1930 into the early 1970's. Mercer wrote some 1,400 songs, many of which have endured as cherished standards.

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"When you're in a band and especially when you're touring, it's like being in a big marriage." That's the take from guitarist Nick Wood, with the Burlington-based funk-rock band, Gang of Thieves.

Wood and band-mate Tobin Salas, who plays bass guitar, recently sat down with VPR, fresh off the group's Work Together tour.

This week's My Place is a collection of popular songs about cats.

Arthur Conley was one of the many soul artists who recorded music at Fame Studios in Alabama.
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This week's My Place is a concluding part two of the music that was produced at Rick Hall's Fame Recording Studios.

Hear the many soulful hits that emerged in the 1960's and 70's from these studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

Listen Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. on VPR.

Joel Najman

This week's My Place spotlights record producer Rick Hall and his Fame Recording Studios which gave rise to the "Muscle Shoals" sound in Southern soul music.

Joel Najman

Composers Jerry Ross and Richard Adler wrote the words and music of two of the most enduring Broadway musicals of the 1950's as well as a slew of other pop music hits of the pre-rock&roll 1950's. This week's My Place program spotlights the Ross/Adler songwriting partnership with memorable recordings by Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan and others.

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Live From The Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

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Happy Independence Day! Vermont Edition has the holiday off and returns at noon and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 5. In the meantime, you can relax with special holiday programs on  VPR and VPR Classical.

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This week's My Place spotlights Billy Strange, who excelled as a guitarist, arranger, singer and songwriter.

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This week's My Place program spotlights the Old Town Record Company of New York City and its colorful founder, Hy Weiss.

In a kind of slow-motion 'call-and-response,' this week on "My Place" we'll hear songs that "answered" some questions sung in hit tunes by Elvis Presley.
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This week on My Place, a program of records that "answered" or responded to a hit of Elvis Presley.

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Chelsea Lafayette is a Vermonter by way of New Orleans. Ten years ago, after attending college in Louisiana, she followed her now-spouse north. And on her first night in Burlington, the neon marquee of the iconic Flynn Theater ensured she'd never look back.

Robert Resnik will be taking some time away from VPR and All The Traditions this summer for a personal leave. In the meantime, we'll be rebroadcasting some of Robert's favorite programs from over the years.

The All The Traditions calendar will also be on hiatus during this time. To find upcoming shows in the area, please check out listings from the Vermont Arts Council and Seven Days.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Beginning in the late 1950s, music composer Paul Vance has had over 300 songs recorded over a career that has extended well over half a century.

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Songwriter Harry M. Woods composed some of the biggest pop hits in the years between the two World Wars.

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The song, "Tom Dooley," as recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1958 spurred a folk music revival in contemporary popular music.

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