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Show #33 - "Ian's Remarkable Recovery" (May 8, 2011)

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Fresh out of hospital, with a new lease on life, Ian plays jolly, happy, uplifting songs that express his joy of life. Also, with guests from Dublin in the studio, Ian celebrates his "second home" with a number of Irish melodies.

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Show #34 - "Pioneer Women of Pop Song" (May 15, 2011)

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Back with an actual theme show, Ian essays the pioneer women singers from the teen years of the 20th Century, into the 1920s. Splendid individual women who interpreted popular songs in their own way, often from their own life experiences.

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Show #35 - "Words (and Music)" (May 22, 2011)

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Ian concentrates on the words of songs. Words that are just as important - often more important - than the music. Sometimes the words portray weighty issues that belie the feel of the music. And sometimes ... words that are just nonsense.

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Show #36 - "Piano Wizardry" (Jun. 12, 2011)

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Returned from extended recording sessions in Nashville, Ian presents the wizards of the 88 - from ragtime and "honky-tonk" to jazz. Songs present the artistry of the old-timers, and the new purveyors of piano wizardry who are reviving the happy sound.

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Show #37 - "Happy Days" (Jun 19, 2011)

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Thinking good thoughts, Ian presents a show full of happy songs, designed to raise a grin and cause a laugh. A highlight: George Formby, king of innuendo, sings and strums about "Fanlight Fanny, the Frowsy Niteclub Queen". Smile, darn 'ya, smile!

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Show #38 - "My Whiz Kid Friend" (Jul. 3, 2011)

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Ian introduces Adam Swanson, a 19-year-old ragtime piano virtuoso, who discusses his mentor and inspiration, "honky-tonk piano" virtuoso Johnny Maddox. The show features new recordings by the "whiz kid" of his (and Ian's) piano favorites.

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Show #39 - "70 Years of Song" (Jul. 10, 2011)

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To celebrate his "big" birthday, Ian presents his favorite songs from the preceding 70 years. The songs that he grew up with during his childhood near Wimbledon, and that influenced him up to the rock'n roll days of the 1960s.

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Show #40 - "Let's Have A Jolly Good Time" (Jul. 17, 2011)

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Continuing his accent on happy songs, Ian invites everyone to have a "jolly good time" - or a laugh or a smile. A show full of funny, often laugh-out-loud records. (P.S. A few are Barry's favorites too, as he nears his 30th birthday.)

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Show #41 - "Battleground 1950s" (Jul. 24, 2011)

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Covering a fascinating period in pop music history, Ian describes how the great American songbook survived the onslaught of rock 'n roll in the 1950s. Including Ian's take on the rivalry between the two music licensing behemoths, ASCAP and BMI.

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Show #42 - "Behind the Voice (The Art of the Arranger)" (Jul. 31, 2011)

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Ian considers the unsung art and industry of the people who put the lush sounds behind the singer - an unappreciated job, Ian believes. He presents examples of the talented arrangers who frame the voice to match the feeling of the songs.

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Show #43 - "Mostly Ukes" (Aug. 21, 2011)

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Ian doesn't let much time pass before he returns to his favorite instrument - the ukulele. Celebrating the current ukulele renaissance, Ian presents the classic ukesters: including George Formby, Cliff Edwards, and on to ... Arthur Godfrey.

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Show #44 - "Jazz Age Ukester" (Aug. 28, 2011)

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Another Ian Whitcomb Show with lots of ukuleles. This time, with the emphasis on jazz and other unexpected uses of Ian's favorite stringed instrument. Ukulele virtuosos from Hawaii, as well as America (Oklahoma!) and Britain.

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*also on Special Set #3

Show #45 - "Tribute to Jerry Leiber" (Sep. 4, 2011)

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A tribute to half of the famous team of Leiber and Stoller, the authors of so many hit songs from the golden age of rock 'n roll. Great Leiber and Stoller songs from the 1950s, plus tracks that Ian did with Leiber and Stoller from the 1970s.

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*also on Special Set #5

Show #46 - "Mainly Self-Indulgent" (Oct. 2, 2011)

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A blatantly self-indulgent show, featuring a mixed bag of Ian's own songs - singles and those written for shows - as well as some of the non-Ian songs that he nevertheless likes. Of special note: Ian sings along to the accompaniment of vintage piano rolls!

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Show #47 - "God Bless Tiny Tim" (Oct. 9, 2011)

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The much-maligned and even condemned singer/ukulele player Tiny Tim gets a long-overdue retrospective, as Ian reviews one of the early ukulele singers of the rock 'n roll era (although Ian predates him by three years!). Cue Miss Vicki!

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Show #48 - "Ukulele Heroes" (Oct. 30, 2011)

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Is there no end to magnificent ukulele players and their songs? Ian doesn't think so. Another installment of delightful music and history of the plucky instrument. Much of the show revolves around parts of Ian's book, Ukulele Heroes (plug).

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*also on Special Set #1

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