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Show #65 - "Italian Pop" (Mar. 25, 2012)

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Donning a gondolier's hat (figuratively) and swinging his accordion (literally), Ian presents a show full of Italian music - particularly the Italian popular music of the latter part of the swing era. With just a touch of 'Amore'.

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Show #66 - "South of the Border" (Apr. 1, 2012)

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Continuing last week's international theme, Ian heads south, with particular emphasis on the popular music of Cuba. Ian points out the influence of African rhythms and European melodies and harmonies that meld to create infectious music.

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Show #67 - "Titanic Tunes" (Apr. 8, 2012)

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Ian observes the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the British liner Titanic, with a whole show of the songs played on that ill-fated voyage. The show includes the BBC Orchestra performing Ian's interpretation of the 'White Star March'.

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Show #68 - "Twixt Ragtime and Jazz" (Apr. 15 2012)

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What is 'jazz'? It can be many things, depending on when you define it. Ian presents the 'jass' of the late teens and early 1920s, in the transition period between ragtime and the music more recognizable as the full-fledged jazz we know.

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*also on Special Set #3

Show #69 - "Songs Without Words" (May 20, 2012)

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Ian has always loved instrumentals, and devotes this show to many of his own. But also to those that set the standard in the 1930s and 1940s, including the fascinating story behind Ted Weems's smash hit instrumental, 'Heartaches'.

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Show #70 - "Ukulele Heroes #2" (May 3, 2012)

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Back to ukuleles again (see Show #48), and Ian's second love letter to the pioneering ukesters from the 1890s to the revivalists of today. "Who can resist our little four-stringed friend?" Ian asks. "The ukulele is the chosen weapon of mass delight."

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*also on Special Set #1

Show #71 - "Django Reinhardt and French Jazz" (Jun. 24, 2012)

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Ian profiles a cult figure in the history of jazz, French guitarist Django Reinhardt. Along with violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt created a golden age of jazz in Paris with the 'Quintette du Hot Club de France', one of the first all-string jazz bands.

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*also on Special Set #4

Show #72 - "Paris Music-Hall" (Jul. 1, 2012)

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Like London, Paris had its music halls too. Ian presents the story of Paris between the World Wars, and the rise of music emporiums that featured reviews with such French superstars as Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker.

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*also on Special Set #4

Show #73 - "Le Tumulte Noir" (Jul. 8, 2012)

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Ian continues his essay on American black bands in Paris, and the sensational reception they received: 'Le Tumulte Noir'. Parisian audiences went crazy for the sound, and nurtured a revolution in jazz felt back in the States as well.

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Show #74 - "Cole Porter and Scott Fitzgerald in Paris" (Jul. 15, 2012)

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The 1920s were a heady time in Paris, with literary and musical history being made as America's bright young things drift to the City of Light. Ian focuses on two of the most influential - Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Show #75 - "Song Thrushes" (Jul. 22, 2012)

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A special show spotlights the ladies of song from the 1890s to today. There have always been female stars in popular music, and the 'thrushes' - like Sophie Tucker, Ruth Etting, Belle Baker - often led the way in the style in popular music.

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Show #76 - "Odds and Sods" (Jul. 29, 2012)

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Ian offers 'a random mixture of stuff' (though most of it's by ... Ian Whitcomb). Odd tracks that he thinks listeners will enjoy - including excerpts from a live recording at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California from 1998. Odd stuff indeed!

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Show #77 - "Radio Stars of Yesteryear" (Aug. 19, 2012)

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Ian presents a tribute to all the men and women who were the stars when radio began in the early 1920s. He explores those magic days when voices and music appeared out of nowhere from what was previously only furniture.

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Show #78 - "Calling All Teens" (Aug. 26, 2012)

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"Teenage is not just a period of life, but a social construct." (Whatever that means.) So says Reverend Tom (sitting in for Ian), who leads the service with music designed to quell the teenage angst. (Whatever that is.)

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Show #79 - "America, I Love You" (Sep. 2, 2012)

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Sporting his new 'Amurrrican' accent, Ian celebrates becoming an American citizen with a program of the American popular music that drew him to the U.S. in the first place. Plus some patriotic songs from a special concert from San Francisco in 1940.

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Show #80 - "Air Chex Daze" (Sep. 9, 2012)

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'Air checks'. Those special recordings from radio broadcasts that capture performances as they are sent out live. Ian offers a number of checks of his shows from as early as 1981, plus a radio interview from 1963.

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