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Show #49 - "Instrumentally Yours" (Nov. 13, 2011)

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This time, music without words. Ian explores the popular instrumentals, including the first ever instrumental hit in the 1940s. Ian also presents quite a few of his own (some as early as 1964!), included on his CD Music Without Words.

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Show #50 - "Vintage Voices, Vintage Bands" (Nov. 20, 2011)

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Ian proves that 'vintage' doesn't necessarily mean old and dusty. Ian digs deep into his archive of vintage records (as ealy as 1916) to debunk the myth that the early bands and voices of Tin Pan Alley tunes were inferior to today's.

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Show #51 - "Second Annual Rock 'n Roll Party" (Nov. 27, 2011)

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Beginning an annual tradition, the second annual Ian Whitcomb Rock 'n Roll extravaganza. Despite listener requests, classic rock 'n roll disc jockey Brian Bletheroe is again resurrected to MC the proceedings. Party on!

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*also on Special Set #2

Show #52 - "Relaxay Voo! (w/ Roger St. Pierre)" (Dec. 4, 2011)

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After last week's raucous rock 'n roll party, some calm, serene, tranquil music is the order of the day. Substitute master of ceremonies Roger St. Pierre invites everyone to slow down, chill out, and 'relaxay voo'.

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Show #53 - "The Children's Hour" (Dec. 18, 2011)

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A whole hour of children's music. For people who are children, who like children ... or wish they were children. Jovial Uncle Inon presents the songs of childhood - with teddy bears, monkeys, farmyard animals ... even a friendly laughing policeman.

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*also on Special Set #6

Show #54 - "Happy Holiday Party-Warty!" (Dec. 25, 2011)

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With Teddy Fruitacre nowhere in sight, Ian presents an hour full of vintage holiday songs. Songs for dancing, singing along, even holiday cruising. A special section of holiday songs especially for children. Plus just a dollop of rock 'n roll. Happy holidays!

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*also on Special Set #6

Show #55 - "Down Among the Sheltering Palms and All That Rag-A-Jazz" (Jan. 8, 2012)

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Sliding gracefully into a new year, Ian goes 'down among shltering palms' with sturdy sentimental ballads. Then he examines the period in which ragtime was transitioning into jazz, with songs sometimes called 'rag-a-jazz'.

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Show #56 - "Traditional Jazz" (Jan. 15, 2012)

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From the 1920s into the 1950s, there developed a tradition of ensemble music now referred to as 'traditional jazz'. Ian follows the trail of this development, from New Orleans, through Chicago, to New York. And even to England.

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*also on Special Set #3

Show #57 - "Midnight in Paris" (Jan. 22, 2012)

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A relaxed Ian Whitcomb presents a show of distinctive French music. Ian conducts a tour of Parisian music from the 1920s through the 1950s. Songs from Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel ... plus a few of Ian's own Parisian-inspired songs.

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*also on Special Set #4

Show #58 - "Ian and Barry Show It Off" (Jan. 29, 2012)

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Ian shares the microphone with loyal engineer Barry, giving him a chance to play the music he likes (which not surprisingly, pretty much aligns with Ian's). But there are some revelations along the way. And of course, Ian gets his licks in too.

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Show #59 - "Before the Beatles" (Feb. 5, 2012)

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The emergence of the Beatles was a turning point in the history of popular music. Some critics content that the period between the late 1950s and mid 1960s was dull. But pop music was very good before the Beatles, and Ian has the examples to prove it.

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*also on Special Set #2

Show #60 - "Songs of Social Significance" (Feb. 19, 2012)

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Ian presents songs relating to key social themes: the lack of houses, the Great Depression (the first one), the reluctance to go to war, smoking ... and even being 'on the road' with Jack Kerouac. But it's all with a light touch.

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Show #61 - "My Uncle Wrote 'Lady of Spain'" (Feb. 26, 2012)

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The title's not a misnomer. Ian's great uncle, Stanley J. Damerell, did write the lyrcis to 'Lady of Spain', and a number of other well-known popular songs ... including 'Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing'. Plus 'Butterflies in the Rain' and 'Fairy on the Clock'.

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Show #62 - "1965!" (Mar. 4, 2012)

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1965. The year Ian found himself on the moving straircase of pop music celebrity. "I went down as fast as I went up," Ian admits. "But while I was going up, it was great fun." Herewith, the musical memories of that pivotal year.

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Show #63 - "War of the Whisperers" (Mar. 11, 2012)

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An obscure (but delightful) subject: the 'war' of the whispering pianists - Art Gillham and Jack Smith, who were among the first 'crooners' in the pioneering days of radio. Why was there a war between these two artists? Ian reveals all.

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Show #64 - "Comic Cuts" (Mar. 18 2012)

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Another installment in Ian's ongoing campaign to present jolly, funny, uplifting songs. Specifically, Ian presents a lineup of key purveyers of comedy songs - including a rare record by England's kings of outlandish humor, the Goons.

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