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16:51

Remembering The Composer Of 'Lullaby Of Birdland'

George Shearing, the jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland" and amused audiences for decades on both sides of the Atlantic, died Monday. Fresh Air remembers Shearing with excerpts from a 1986 interview.

52:29

From the Archives: Ray Charles' Country Side.

Singer and pianist Ray Charles. His name is synonymous with soul music and rhytmn n blues. But some of his most popular recordings are of country songs. Terry Gross talked to him last year after the release of the four CD box-set "Ray Charles: The Complete Country and Western Recordings 1959-1986. (Rhino) Blind since the age of six (from glaucoma), Charles studied composition and learned many instruments at the St. Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind.

07:56

From Nat Cole Imitator to Soul Original.

Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of how Ray Robinson--an obscure emerging R & B singer--broke away from his image as a Nat King Cole imitator, changed his name, his record label, and established his identity as Ray Charles. (Rebroadcast of 8/23/1988)

06:53

From Nat Cole Imitator to Soul Original

Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of how Ray Robinson--an obscure emerging R & B singer--broke away from his image as a Nat King Cole imitator, changed his name, his record label, and established his identity as Ray Charles.

07:00

From Nat Cole Imitator to Soul Original

Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of how Ray Robinson--an obscure emerging R & B singer--broke away from his image as a Nat King Cole imitator, changed his name, his record label, and established his identity as Ray Charles.

27:38

"Portrait" of Doc Watson.

Arthel "Doc" Watson, one of America's premier acoustic folk guitarists. His flat-pick style of playing traditional folk and bluegrass has made his sound one of the most distinctive of any folk artist. His 24 albums have earned him four Grammys. In the folk music community, Watson is best known for his part in preserving the traditional ballads and melodies of southern Appalachia.

56:37

In-Studio Concert with Bruce Mills.

Philadelphia pianist and "friend of Fresh Air" Bruce Mills joins the show to discuss his career as a blind jazz pianist and to perform an in-studio concert at Fresh Air's new studio.

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