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'Where or When': A Song's Enduring Impact

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'Where or When': A Song's Enduring Impact

'Where or When': A Song's Enduring Impact

'Where or When': A Song's Enduring Impact

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In 1941, Benny Goodman set out to record Where or When with a 21-year-old Peggy Lee. The Rodgers and Hart ballad came out during the Christmas season, at a time when America was at war. Music journalist Ashley Kahn reflects on the recording's enduring poignancy.

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