Music

A little over 75 years ago, Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire introduced "I'm Old Fashioned," a graceful, guileless ballad that dismisses the latest trends in favor of timeless romantic verities: the glow of moonlight, the holding of hands, "the starry song that April sings."

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released 50 years ago Monday, less than a month after Otis Redding died at the age of 26. The song was a departure for the R&B superstar — and it almost never saw the light of day.

This week on "The Juke Joint" broadcast the "Duke of Juke," Robert Barclay, celebrated Elvis Presley's 83rd birthday with blues, rock & roll and soul music from Memphis by Elvis, BB King, Little Milton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Otis Redding and Howlin' Wolf. He also paid tribute to the late Rick Hall, producer and songwriter from the Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Robert included the work of Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge and Arthur Alexander. 

Homespun: January 7, 2017

Jan 7, 2018

This week on Homespun we'll finish off looking back at 2017 with music from the Dukes of Drive, Front Country, and Kenny & Amanda Smith! We'll also note

the passing of Foggy Mountain Boy Curly Seckler and celebrate the newest inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

Happy 2018 from The Beat!!! New music from Pat Martino -- classics from Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny and Miles Davis and we remember vocalist Kevin Mahogany who passed away in late December.

Music brought to you this week by the artists featured in NPR's Top 100 Singles!

Today our colleague Robert Siegel is retiring after four decades at NPR. He's covered everything from peace movements in East and West Germany to the Republican revolution of the 104th Congress, the mentally ill homeless and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.

Over his 30-year tenure as host of All Things Considered, Robert has also chased one of his lifelong passions — classical music. He's interviewed dozens of today's most compelling musicians.

Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

Jan 5, 2018

Lorraine Desmarais made her first appearance in the United States at the 1986 Great American Jazz Competition, where she took the highest honors. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for her work bringing Canadian jazz to the world. She was Marian McPartland's guest for this 1991 episode of Piano Jazz. Desmarais performs a few of her own compositions, including "The Third King" and "Memoir," along with a set of standards.

On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, initially wiping out electricity and cellular reception on the entire island and causing billions of dollars in structural damage.

Justin Timberlake is officially ending his five-year album hiatus with news that his latest LP, Man Of The Woods, is releasing next month. Now, fans have their first clue about what this new project will sound like as the pop star drops his first bass-thumping single, "Filthy."

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