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Rodgers & Hammerstein

It’s fun to cover the songwriters whether they be pop, country, blues, or in the wheelhouse of Broadway or Tin Pan Alley. This week, we drop by the sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and catchy sounds from the Great White Way. From Broadway to Hollywood, the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II left a cultural watermark on the psyche of middle America in the heart of the 20th Century. From The Sound of Music to Oklahoma!; from Carousel to The King and I and South Pacific, the songs that were featured in these musicals were totems to their time and place. And catchy, too. Tune in for a romp through some of the most popular performances written by two giants of screen and stage musicals.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Shirley Jones, James Whitmore, Gordon MacRae Oklahoma Oklahoma (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Amazon
3Oscar Hammerstein II Act I: The Sound Of Music The Sound Of Music: Original Broadway Cast Amazon
4Mary Martin My Favorite Things Columbia Records' 125th Anniv. Amazon
5Blossom Dearie Surrey With The Fringe On Top Four Classic Albums Plus (Blossom Dearie / Plays For Dancing / Give Him The Ooh-La-La / Once Upon A Summertime) (Digitally Remastered) Amazon
6Gertrude Lawrence Getting To Know You Ultimate Broadway [Disc 1] Amazon
7Ella Fitzgerald I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair That's Amore [Prism] Amazon
8Frank Sinatra It Might As Well Be Spring Sinatra & Strings Amazon
9Ray Charles & Betty Carter People Will Say We're In Love Ray Charles and Betty Carter/Dedicated To You Amazon
10Jo Stafford The Gentleman is a Dope Yes Indeed! – [Disc 3] Haunted Heart Amazon
11Bobby Darin Hello, Young Lovers Wild Cool & Swingin Amazon
12Mary Martin A Wonderful Guy The Best of Broadway: The Late '40s Amazon
13Willie Nelson Some Enchanted Evening What A Wonderful World Amazon
14Elvis Presley You'll Never Walk Alone He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Disc 1 Amazon
15James Taylor Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' Other Covers Amazon
16Gordon MacRae Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' Oklahoma (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Amazon
17Bloody Mary and the Ken Darby Singers Bali Ha'i South Pacific, Original Soundtrack Recording Amazon
18Nellie Forbush and the Ken Darby Singers I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair South Pacific, Original Soundtrack Recording Amazon
19Nancy Wilson Happy Talk Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley Amazon
20The King And I Cast I Whistle A Happy Tune The King And I Amazon
21Gertrude Lawrence And Yul Brynner Shall We Dance Ultimate Broadway [Disc 1] Amazon
22Bing Crosby And Trudy Erwin People Will Say We're In Love Your Hit Parade – 1943 Amazon
23Bob Dylan Some Enchanted Evening Shadows in the Night Amazon
24Jo Stafford If I Loved You You Belong To Me Amazon
25Jan Clayton & John Raitt If I Loved You The Original Broadway Cast Album Amazon
26Rosemary Clooney Younger Than Springtime Beautiful Ballads Amazon
27Sammy Davis Jr. There Is Nothin' Like A Dame Boys Night Out Amazon
28Lena Horne People Will Say We're In Love Stormy Weather Amazon
29Randy Spendlove Shall We Dance Shall We Dance? Amazon
30Wes Montgomery The Surrey with the Fringe on Top Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides (Disc 1) Amazon
3120th Century Fox Orchestra Main Title The King And I Amazon

Country Christmas 2018

It’s a holly, jolly, country Christmas on a Friday morning in West County. We’ll put our political blinders on this morning in search of the merriment that ’tis the season on Deeper Roots. This year’s Christmas special is a collection of country sounds, both new and old, that takes us down a path that mixes contemporary Americana, bluegrass, rockabilly, and classic country into a finely tuned blend of holiday cheer. We’ll be cooking from the Texas panhandle with Dale Watson, taking the high lonesome yule train with Jimmy Martin, spinning yarns with Johnny and Tommy Cash, and dropping by the Waffle House with Bill Anderson. Tune in knowing full well that the dinner’s in the oven and the stockings are all hung by the chimney with care. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Gretchen Wilson I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas Amazon
3Ernest Tubb I'll Be Walking the Floor This Christmas Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
4Pee Wee King Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus Pee Wee King's Country Hoedown (1 of 2) Amazon
5Buck Owens Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Original Mono Single Version) Buck 'Em: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955-1967) Amazon
6Jimmy Martin Daddy Will Santa Claus Ever Have to Die To Mother At Christmas Amazon
7Jimmy Martin Old Fashioned Christmas Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
8The Country Gentlemen Christmas Time Back Home The Early Rebel Recordings [Disc 1] Amazon
9Ralph Stanley I'm Going Home, It's Christmas Time Christmas Time with Ralph Stanley Amazon
10The Louvin Brothers Santa's Big Parade Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
11Bill Anderson Waffle House Christmas Anderson Amazon
12Mary Gauthier Christmas In Paradise Filth & Fire Amazon
13Lyle Lovett Christmas Morning The Road To Ensenada Amazon
14John Prine Christmas In Prison Souvenirs Amazon
15Dale Watson You Can Call Me Nick Christmas Time in Texas Amazon
16Eddy Arnold Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
17Sonny James I Forgot to Remember Santa Claus Singles Amazon
18Tennessee Ernie Ford A Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
19Loretta Lynn To Heck With Ole Santa Claus White Christmas Blue Amazon
20Johnny Cash/Tommy Cash That Christmasy Feeling The Classic Christmas Album Amazon
21George Jones Lonely Christmas Call Talking on the Telephone Vol. 2 Amazon
22Chip Taylor Merry F'n Christmas The Little Prayers Trilogy (disc 1) Amazon
23Billy Joe Shaver Merry Christmas To You Freedom's Child Amazon
24Antsy McClain Mary Lou's Christmas List Merry Christmas from the Trailer Park Amazon
25Ernest Tubb Blue Christmas Ernest Tubb: The Definitive Collection Amazon
26John Prine I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus A John Prine Christmas Amazon
27Dale Watson Santa Bring Her Back Christmas Time in Texas Amazon
28Little Jimmy Dickens No Place Like Home On Christmas Country Boy [Disc 5] Amazon
29Eddy Arnold I'm Your Private Santa Claus Christmas On the Country Side Amazon
30Asleep at the Wheel Here Comes Santa Claus Merry Texas Christmas, Y'All Amazon
31Kacey Musgraves Let It Snow A Very Kacey Christmas Amazon
32Leon Redbone Feat. Dr. John Frosty The Snowman (With Dr. John) Christmas Island Amazon
33John Anderson Here Comes Santa Claus Boots To Big to Fill Amazon

Yip Harburg Tribute

Yip Harburg was a songmaker. He was part of a select few in the early to mid-century who found their calling as lyricists, writing words that transformed music to story and story to film and Broadway spectacles. We could gloss over his contributions by simply saying “he’s the guy who wrote Over The Rainbow or April in Paris or Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”. But his career was more than that. It’s no secret that Yip’s politics were carefully crafted in song. The phrases “honky-tonk parade” and “Barnum and Bailey world” were veiled criticisms of the “phony as it can be” corporate and political leadership in America, written by a freethinking, socially conscious lyricist. Our show today will honor some of his best songs and include interview excerpts featuring both Yip and his son, Ernie.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2The George Shearing Quintet And Orchestra What Is There To Say White Satin Black Satin Amazon
3Anita O'Day Old Devil Moon Anita Sings The Most Amazon
4Frank Sinatra It's Only A Paper Moon Swing And Dance With Frank Sinatra Amazon
5Peggy Lee Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe The Best of Miss Peggy Lee [Bonus DVD] Disc 1 Amazon
6Martha Tilton How Are Things In Glocca Morra? The Liltin' Miss Tilton [Disc 2] Amazon
7Nellie Lutcher April In Paris Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm [Disc 2] Amazon
8Lena Horne Ain't It The Truth Lena Horne: A Musical Anthology Amazon
9Lena Horne Then I'll Be Tired of You Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
10Nat King Cole Trio Then I'll Be Tired Of You The Nat King Cole Trio: The Complete Capitol Transcription Sessions [Disc 3] Amazon
11Ella Logan How Are Things in Glocca Morra? The Best of Broadway: The Late '40s Amazon
12Ray Bolger If I Only Had A Brain The Wizard Of Oz Amazon
13Groucho Marx & Bing Crosby Lydia The Tattooed Lady The Marx Brothers Greatest Hits Amazon
14Ella Logan When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
15Judy Garland Over The Rainbow That's Entertainment! The Best Of The MGM Musicals Amazon
16Judy Garland We're Off To See The Wizard The Wizard Of Oz Amazon
17David Wayne When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
18Don Francks & Petula Clark Old Devil Moon – Finian's Rainbow Warner Bros.: 75 Years Of Film Music – Songs (3) Amazon
19Dinah Washington Look To The Rainbow Smoke Gets In Your Eyes [Disc 2] Amazon
20Carmen McRae The Eagle and Me Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
21Blossom Dearie Down With Love Once Upon A Summertime Amazon
22Jeri Southern Down with Love Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
23Dean Martin I'm Yours Late at Night with Dean Martin Amazon
24Judy Garland Paris Is A Lonely Town – Gay Purr-Ee Warner Bros.: 75 Years Of Film Music – Songs (3) Amazon
25Judy Garland The Jitterbug Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
26Bing Crosby Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
27Rudy Vallee Brother Can You Spare A Dime Vagabond Lover Amazon
28Barbara Cook and Jerome Courtland Here's to Your Illusions Harburg, E.Y., 1896-1981 Amazon
29Count Basie April In Paris Ken Burns Jazz: Count Basie Amazon

Who We Lost in 2016

Who We Lost 2016
Who We Lost 2016

To say that the year 2016 was a bummer year is an understatement. While entertainment would take a backseat to the social and political conflagrations of the year, it was a very tough year for music lovers, nonetheless. Deeper Roots will be sharing tracks from some of the great, both known and unknown, who left us. We’ll hear from both Prince as well as Dan Hicks; Natalie Cole and Lonnie Mack; Juan Gabriel and Paul Kantner. It does not end there and we’ll barely be able to cover them all. Tune into our last show of the year and help us remember what these performers brought us.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ralph Stanley O Death O Brother, Where Art Thou? Amazon
3Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Various Positions Amazon
4Kay Starr Wheel Of Fortune Magic Moments – The Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 1) Amazon
5Debbie Reynolds Tammy Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 2) Amazon
6Pete Fountain A Closer Walk Best of Pete Fountain Amazon
7Toots Thielemans Bluesette 100 Jazz Guitar Favorites Amazon
8Mose Allison Baby, Please Don't Go Allison Wonderland Anthology [Disc 1] Amazon
9Billy Paul Me And Mrs. Jones Body & Soul Love Senerade [Disc 2] Amazon
10Earth, Wind & Fire Shining Star The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 Amazon
11Natalie Cole Song for You Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Amazon
12Leon Russell Tight Rope Carney Amazon
13Glenn Yarbrough Baby The Rain Must Fall Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's, Vol. 1 Amazon
14Dan Hicks How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away [Album Version] The Most Of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
15Oscar Brand Talking Atom Pie In The Sky Amazon
16Sonny James Young Love Young Love Amazon
17Al Caiola & His Orchestra Bonanza TV Land presents Favorite TV Theme Songs Amazon
18Jean Shepard A Dear John Letter Hillbilly Fever: Vol. 4 – Heroes Of Country Music – Vol. 4: Legends Of The West Coast Amazon
19Guy Clark Blowin' Like a Bandit Craftsman Disc 2 Amazon
20Merle Haggard Workin' Man Blues For the Record: 43 Legendary Hits (1 of 2) Amazon
21Lonnie Mack Memphis Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2 Amazon
22Scotty Moore & Elvis Presley How Do You Think I Feel The Sun Country Box CD2 Boogie Blues Amazon
23Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings New Shoes Soul Time! Amazon
24Buckwheat Zydeco Ya Ya Buckwheat's Zydeco Party Amazon
25Prince & the Revolution I Would Die 4 U The Very Best of Prince Amazon
26Paul Kanter & Jefferson Starship Have You Seen The Stars Tonite Blows Against The Empire Amazon
27Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air Hollywood Dream Amazon
28George Michael Faith Faith Amazon
29Jim Lowe Green Door The London American Story Disc 1 Amazon
30Eagles Take It Easy The Very Best of the Eagles [2003] Disc 1 Amazon
31Bobby Vee With The Crickets Someday The Liberty Records Story (Pt. 1) Amazon
32Juan Gabriel Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (Gracias al Sol) Quiero Creedence Amazon
33Cassius Clay Stand by Me Golden Throats, Vol. 2: More Celebrity Rock Oddities Amazon
34Sugarloaf Green-Eyed Lady AM Gold – 1970 Amazon
35Holly Dunn Are You Ever Gonna Love Me Billboard's #1 Country Hits of the 80's Amazon
36David Bowie Changes Rock Steady 1971: Celebrating Starbucks 35th Anniversary Amazon

Free Form – March 2016

Free Form March 2016
Free Form March 2016

We return to a free form collection of American music, featuring blues from Markus James, Blind Willie Johnson, and Dinah Washington; country from Porter Wagoner, Kitty Wells, and Leroy Van Dyke; pop memories from Frank Sinatra, Cliff Edwards, and Rusty Draper. The show will feature an expanded eclectic blend of bluegrass, gospel, rockabilly, and gospel and, in addition to Markus James, we’ll also feature a other local musical luminaries to ensure we’re reminded that our Sonoma County musical talent is a rich aquifer.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding Drivin' Wheel Too Fast to live… Too Young to Die Amazon
3Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks One More Cowboy (w/Willie Nelson) Selected Shorts Amazon
4Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris Donkey Town All The Roadrunning Amazon
5Joe Maphis & Rose Lee Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) Various Artists: THEME TIME RADIO HOUR – SEASON 2/[Disc 2] Amazon
6Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards Somebody Loves Me With My Little Ukulele in My Hand (Disc 2) Amazon
7Sophie Tucker He Hadn't Up Till Yesterday Flashbacks #3 CopulationBlues 1926-1940 Amazon
8BR5-49 The Devil In Me Dog Days Amazon
9Laurie London The Gospel Train Sentimental Journey, Folge 3 – Last Train To San Fernando Amazon
10Rusty Draper The Train With The Rhumba Beat Sentimental Journey, Folge 3 – Last Train To San Fernando Amazon
11Leon Redbone Ain't Gonna Give You None of My Jelly Roll Any Time Amazon
12Mississippi John Hurt The Chicken Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan – Season 2 [[Disc 1]] Amazon
13Elizabeth Cotten And Brenda Evans Shake Sugaree Theme Time Radio Hour – Season 3 – [Disc 1] Amazon
14Kitty Wells The Other Cheek I Got A Woman : Gems From The Decca Vaults [Disc 3] Amazon
15Leroy Van Dyke Walk On By Golden Age of Country Volume 1: Waltz Across Texas [Disc 1] Amazon
16Porter Wagoner The Cold Hard Facts Of Life Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan – Season 2 [[Disc 1]] Amazon
17Slim Gaillard How High The Moon Theme Time Radio Hour with Your Host Bob Dylan [Disc 2] Amazon
18Ray Noble and the New Mayfair Orchestra Repeal The Blues Flashbacks #1 Drug Songs 1917-1944 Amazon
19Erwin Lehn Sentimental Journey Sentimental Journey, Folge 3 – Last Train To San Fernando Amazon
20Frank Sinatra Day In – Day Out Come Dance with Me! Amazon
21Jimmy Elledge Funny How Time Slips Away Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 60's. Vol. 2 Amazon
22The Rhythm Rangers I've Got a New Road Under My Wheels Not Out of the Woods Yet Amazon
23Kevin Russell Solid Wrong Plain Dirt Fashion Amazon
24Wendy DeWitt 29 Ways Getaway Amazon
25Markus James Head For The Hills Head For The Hills Amazon
26Markus James On a Mississippi Porch Head For The Hills Amazon
27Tom Waits The Soul Of A Man God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
28Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground Blues Masters, Vol. 15: Slide Guitar Classics Amazon
29Lucinda Williams God Don't Never Change God Don't Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson Amazon
30Ralph Stanley John The Revelator A Mother's Prayer Amazon

Songs of the Century

Songs of the Century
Songs of the Century

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) produced a list a few years back that they called the “Songs of The Century”. It was concocted based on a questionable set of sampling and was to represent and “promote a better understanding of America’s musical and cultural heritage.” The voting pool was a strange mixture elected officials, school students and teachers, as well as industry professionals. The respondent pool was about 200. The list is woefully inadequate but certainly worth discussing. Deeper Roots will spend this week exploring the top 30 (of 365) and follow up with its own list in a second episode next week. Listen in as we stretch the imagination.

1Artist Title Album Buy
2John Lennon Imagine Imagine Amazon
3Gladys Knight & The Pips Midnight Train To Georgia Singers And Songwriters: 1973- Amazon
4The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand [Stereo] The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1 Disc 1 Amazon
5Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode Johnny B. Goode-His Complete 50's Chess Recordings Amazon
6Lena Horne Stormy Weather (From "Stormy Weather") The Essential Lena Horne – The RCA Years Amazon
7Ben E. King Stand By Me Malt Shop Memories Save the Last Dance for Me Amazon
8The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Endless Summer Amazon
9Tony Bennett I Left My Heart in San Francisco The Essential Tony Bennett [Columbia/Legacy] Disc 1 Amazon
10Otis Redding (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1 Amazon
11Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through the Grapevine Motown: The Classic Years Disc 2 Amazon
12John Philip Sousa Stars And Stripes Forever The March King: John Philip Sousa Conducts His Own Marches and Other Favorites (An Historical Recording) Amazon
13Kate Smith With Orchestra God Bless America Nippers 30's-Vol.1 Amazon
14Fats Domino Blueberry Hill Out Of New Orleans, Vol. 4 Amazon
15Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Take The "A" Train Ken Burns Jazz [Disc 3] Amazon
16The Rolling Stones (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Singles Collection: The London Years Disc 1 Amazon
17Bobby Darin Mack The Knife Magic Moments: Best Of 50's Pop (Disc 3) Amazon
18Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
19Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra When The Saints Go Marching In Pete Fountain Presents The Best Of Dixieland: Louis Armstrong Amazon
20Bill Haley & His Comets (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock (Single Version) Rock Around The Clock Amazon
21Glenn Miller & His Orchestra In the Mood The Centennial Collection Disc 1 Amazon
22Scott Joplin The Entertainer compliments of Amazon
23The Righteous Brothers You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Malt Shop Memories: All I Have To Do Is Dream (Disc 2) Amazon
24Billy Murray & Haydn Quartet Take Me Out To The Ball Game Amazon
25Leonard Bernstein West Side Story Overture West Side Story Amazon
26The Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection – The Best Of The Andrews Sisters Amazon
27Don McLean American Pie American Pie [Bonus Tracks] Amazon
28Aretha Franklin Respect 30 Greatest Hits [Disc 1] Amazon
29Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1 Amazon
30Bing Crosby White Christmas Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits Amazon
31Judy Garland Over The Rainbow That's Entertainment! The Best Of The MGM Musicals Amazon
32George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 20's Amazon