January 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

January 2015 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

The great Bette Midler appears on the January 10 broadcast.

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Join host Michael Feinstein as he goes back to the jazz and swing era, sits down with Bette Midler about some of her favorite songs, and welcomes British conductor John Wilson to the show to talk about the lost film scores of MGM studios. 

1/3       Matt Munisteri  Guitarist, vocalist, and composer Matt Munisteri has uncovered much of the forgotten jazz and swing from the early 20th century. His album Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness explores the “lost” compositions of the American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. Munisteri and Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by that past, are certainly worth remembering.

1/10      Bette Midler  Vocalist, actress, and comedian Bette Midler is Feinstein’s guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler unpacks stories and favorite songs from her record collection—from vintage Hawaiian music to Louis Jordan and Destiny’s Child. Feinstein presents Midler with a performance of “I’ll Be There,” a song written for Midler by the legendary songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

1/17      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 throughout the ’70s and ’80s, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Barbara Streisand, Alison Krause, and Johnny Mathis. She reprises a few of her hit songs on this edition of Song Travels, including “Through the Eyes of Love.”

1/24      Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.  The husband and wife team of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. met as members of the iconic ’60s group The Fifth Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and to host their own television show. More than forty years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”

1/31      John Wilson  British conductor, arranger, and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the UK, including his own, which has a reputation as an ensemble of world-class musicians. On this Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost film scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and The Wizard of Oz. Musical selections include “High Society Overture” and “Les Girls.”



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