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Song Travels Express

Catch up with host Michael Feinstein and his musical guests on this week's episode of Song Travels from NPR Music. Hear samples of music from some of the top artists in jazz, rock, country, and blues, and uncover the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another.More from Song Travels Express »

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Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. met as members of the iconic sixties R&B/Pop group The Fifth Dimension, with hits including "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" and "One Less Bell to Answer." Together they have received seven Grammy Awards and earned fifteen Gold and three Platinum Records. After more than forty years of marriage and performing together, their love, mutual respect, and music are still going strong. On this edition of Song Travels, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. share the story of their ongoing love and partnership.

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Melissa Manchester

Grammy award-winning vocalist and songwriter Melissa Manchester performed with Bette Midler as "Toots in the Middle" in the original group The Harlettes. She co-wrote and produced a number of hits through the '70s and '80s, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Barbara Streisand, Alison Krause, and Johnny Mathis. On this edition of Song Travels, Manchester joins host Feinstein to talk about the ever changing language of songs, both in writing and interpretation. She shares her slowed-down rendition of the classic from the Ronettes, "Be My Baby," and reprises a few of her hit songs, including "Come in from the Rain."

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Bette Midler

The Divine Miss M - singer, actress and comedian Bette Midler - is Song Travels host Michael Feinstein's guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler opens a crate of favorite tunes from her record collection, from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child. And Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "And I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

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Matt Munisteri

Matt Munisteri is a guitarist, vocalist, and composer with an ear for a bygone era. His love of jazz, swing, and Dixieland has lead him to rediscover many of the all-but-forgotten musicians of the early twentieth century, including American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. His album Still Runnin' Round in the Wilderness explores the compositions of Robison, artfully arranged and interpreted by Munisteri. On this week's Song Travels, Munisteri performs his own compositions and shares a few new renditions of tunes by Willard Robison.

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Gregory Porter

Multi-Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Gregory Porter emerged on the jazz scene with his 2010 album Water and his critically acclaimed 2012 album Be Good, which topped many "Best of" lists and was named iTunes Jazz Album of the Year. On this Song Travels, Porter tells host Michael Feinstein about his Gospel roots and his musical upbringing with Nat King Cole as a central influence. Porter is joined by Chip Crawford and Aaron James for a set including numbers from his 2013 album, Liquid Spirit.

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