June 30, 2002 Murray Horwitz has this appreciation of singer Lena Horne, who turns 85 today.
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June 28, 2002 June 28 marks the centennial of master melody-maker Richard Rodgers, composer of such beloved musicals as Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music. Hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg, Easy to Remember explores Rodgers' life and career. The program features music from cast albums, soundtracks, period recordings and popular records.
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June 27, 2002 Musician and actor Steve Van Zandt is a guitarist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He's also recorded solo and has produced a number of records and written songs for other musicians. He plays hitman Silvio Dante in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. He's also now a radio DJ. His syndicated show, Hard Rock Cafe Presents Little Steven's Underground Garage plays Sunday nights on a number of classic rock stations across the United States.
June 27, 2002 NPR's Renee Montagne talks with musician Ann Savoy about her latest project, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music. Savoy invited non-Cajun singers, including Rodney Crowell, John Fogerty and Linda Ronstadt, to perform traditional songs backed up by a band of all-star Cajun musicians.
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June 22, 2002 Neil Young may be the hardest man in rock 'n' roll to pin down. Biographer Jimmy McDonough tried his best, but as he tells Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday, he couldn't do it, even in 800-plus pages. But it sure was fun trying.
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June 21, 2002 Host John Ydstie talks with violinist David Harrington and producer Gustavo Santaolalla about a new CD by the Kronos Quartet called Nuevo. The CD is a musical portrayal of life in Mexico. Members of the Kronos Quartet use their instruments to mimic the sounds of accordions, guitars and even brass with the help of Santaolalla. They play Mexican music that is both traditional and contemporary.
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June 17, 2002 Tavis Smiley interviews musical legend Gerald Albright about his new album, Groovology.
June 9, 2002 Last summer jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson decided to return to her native Mississippi to record an album. She and her musicians set up in an old train station and the result of the sessions is her new CD, Belly of the Sun (Blue Note), which contains a mixture of blues, pop and bossa nova. Host Lynn Neary talks with Wilson about the recording, the criticism she has received from critics, and what she learned from the experience.
June 8, 2002 NPR's Rick Karr recounts the life and times of Dee Dee Ramone, one of the founding members of the seminal punk group, The Ramones.
June 6, 2002 John Ydstie notes that one of the founding members of The Ramones — a seminal band in the world of punk rock — has died in his home. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name was Douglas Glenn Colvin was 50 years old. A syringe was found nearby and a drug overdose is considered a possible cause.
June 2, 2002 Today is the birthday of Britain's Sir Edward Elgar, composer of Pomp and Circumstance, a tune that has graced countless American graduation cermonies. Elgar was born on June 2, 1857 in Broadheath, Worcester.
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May 30, 2002 Liane Hansen talks to Eliza Gilkyson about her new CD, Lost and Found. Gilkyson has spent 30 years in the music business, and the CD reflects her long experience as a songwriter. There is a song written for her father, who was also a songwriter, and the album closes with a hymn-like piece, "Riverside," that reflects the turn of the millennium and Sept. 11. (7:30) The CD is on Red House Records. Catalog # RHR CD 162. See http://www.elizagilkyson.com/.
May 28, 2002 He's been called the 'not-so missing link between soul and country'. His songs have been recorded by Vince Gill, George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Shelby Lynne and many others. But he's also recorded over a dozen of his own solo albums and has sung background vocals on more than 40 albums. In 1999 he collaborated with his hero, blue grass legend Ralph Stanley on the album, I Feel Like Singing Today which was nominated for a Grammy. Recently he collaborated again with Stanley on the album Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone); He also has a new solo album The Hummingbirds (Dualtone).
May 24, 2002 Singer Keely Smith has been called "The Queen of Swing" and "First Lady of Las Vegas." Smith is perhaps best known as the duet partner and wife of Louis Prima. Smith and Prima drew crowds to the lounges of Las Vegas in the 1950s. Their hits include "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," "Just a Gigolo," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "That Old Black Magic." This interview first aired April 4, 2000.
May 21, 2002 Since the 1973 release of his first album, Closing Time, Tom Waits has won fans over with his original songwriting and distinctive, gravelly vocal style. He has two new CDs out this month: Alice and Blood Money.
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