In the first hour this week, Brian celebrates the 98th anniversary of legendary country music composer and singer, Hank Williams, born on 17th September, 1923. In addition to many of Hank’s own recordings, many of his songs were recorded by, and became hits for, many popular artists in the 1950s. Those songs included “Cold, cold heart” (Tony Bennett), “Your cheating heart” (Frankie Laine), “Jambalaya” (Jo Stafford), “Hey good lookin’” (Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine), “Kaw-Liga” (Champ Butler) and many others. We’ll also replay an interview that Brian recorded with the curator of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, where Hank began his music career in 1937.
In our second hour this week, Brian has the third of three programs featuring singers who began their careers in the 1930s or 40s with one or more of the Big Bands. This week we feature Eve Young (known as Karen Chandler when she began her solo career), Kitty Kallen, Johnny
Desmond, Rosemary Clooney, Toni Arden, Billie Holiday and Fran Warren.