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With a Song in My Heart: The Big Broadcast for February 15

by Rich Conaty

First, "With a Song in My Heart," the Rodgers & Hart standard introduced in "Spring is Here," won't be heard on this week's "Big Broadcast." Had I thought of it, I could have played it last Sunday as a "Valentine's Day" selection. But I didn't. No exuse. Still, it's nice to hear a contemporary recording of the song complete with the verse. It's performed by the Biltmore Trio, who were featured with Earl Burtnett's band in Los Angeles. Formal cast recordings didn't exist at this time, though you may find the odd number from a show by a cast member, like Helen Morgan's "Bill" from "Show Boat." One of the biggest songs of 1933, "Stormy Weather," was introduced in the "Cotton Club Parade" by Ethel Waters accompanied by Duke Ellington. Waters and Ellington were signed to different labels, so Waters made her "Stormy Weather" (minus Duke) for Columbia, and Ellington made his as an instrumental on Brunswick. We'll hear Duke's tonight. "Stormy Weather" was written by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen, and Arlen made his own "Stormy Weather" (he was a fine singer) on Victor. Beyond that, there were easily a dozen more versions all made within a few months of mid 1933.

UKNY On FUV For February 14

by Kara Manning
Joanna Gruesome (photo by Pat Graham)

Even though tonight's UKNY at 11 sits squarely in the final hour of Valentine's Day, any love songs played will be purely by happenstance, aside from one romantic cover inspired by seeing the great (although not British) Nile Rodgers and Chic—yes, Chic—play at Pacha in New York on Thursday night. Bliss. But we will travel to space with Public Service Broadcasting and hear other fresh offerings from Joanna Gruesome, Laura Doggett, Marika Hackman, Ghostpoet and much more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 14

by Marshall Crenshaw
Amoeba Music in Los Angeles

Last August, while I was in California with The Bottle Rockets, I paid a visit one afternoon to Amoeba Music in Hollywood to shop, and to be filmed while shopping. They have a video feature on their website called "What's In My Bag." If you'd like to see a segment of "What's In My Bag" featuring me, watch it here.

I had a super-great time at Amoeba that day, and on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll take a listen to all of the records that I bought there, including selections by Sun Ra and The Arkestra, The Staple Singers, Lata Mangeshkar and a good many more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For February 14

by WFUV Staff
Brendan Behan with Jackie Gleason

If you were expecting Vin Scelsa to do an easy, Cupid-themed show for St. Valentine's Day, you might be a little disappointed: there might be more Eire than Eros on tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8. But in addition to traipsing briefly through Ireland following the mossy path of playwright and poet Brendan Behan, Vin does come across some love songs (or something close to that) by Nina Simone, Rhiannon Giddens, Bobby Darin, Wishbone Zoe and others.