WELCOME! This station is all about American Music from the 40's through today. Also known as Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary!
"It’s not what you have; it’s what you do with it!” René: “It started as a hobby, became a passion and now my life is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Great American Songbook. In the 70’s I started doing local radio with my lifelong friend, who shares my love of music.
A 20-hour Sinatra music/docu series, airing on public radio, later gave us national recognition. After that, we created American Songbook radio shows every Sunday throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Today's 24/7 continuous online broadcasting is not only time-consuming, it's expensive, as well. So, receiving an occasional donation is a wonderful thing!
All donations are strictly used to reduce our monthly broadcast license bills, nothing more. Our goal is to pay tribute to this type of original American art form, since The Great American Songbook is also the cradle of all today's popular music genres. To me its songwriters and performers are the real American Ambassadors!"
René, on behalf of our little group of service suppliers.
Hello there! Glad you're still reading this. Today we've added 65 'new' renditions to our playlist. The most interesting ones are a number songs done by Carmen McRae and Sammy Davis Jr. back in 1959.
Many years ago we added their 1957 album called 'Boy Meets Girl'. It's simply a wonderful vocal cooperation and Sammy is spotty. He resorts to a Jerry Lewis voice in some of the numbers, he's having fun, but it doesn't hold up. They sung the most relaxed and funniest rendition of 'Baby It's Cold Outside' ever. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman, Mort Stevens and Jack Plies are the "top of the heap".
Recently we finally found their second duet album, made two year later. It's lesser known and an album strickly filled with Porgy & Bess songs. So no humorous Sammy this time. Here's a quote about Porgy & Bess from its legendary composer & songwriter George Gershwin. New York Times, October 20, 1935: "Porgy & Bess is a folk tale. Its people naturally would sing folk music. Therefore I wrote my own spirituals and folksongs. But they are still folk music—and therefore, being in operatic form, Porgy and Bess becomes a folk opera." Opera? Don't worry! Carmen & Sammy present their duets very 'easy to listen to'.
A lot of people listen to us via Streaming Apps like tunein.com, radio.net, my-tuner.com, radio.garden and others. If your device has internet access, you can type our URL (listed below) in the Search bar and you can connect to our radio station directly. For the best experience, please choose the real source. Stream Apps often add their own commercial blocks or some make you even pay for it, while our direct stream is offered free of charge!
Our website menu on the left (At the top on smartphones) helps you find the right listening codec of your choice. For older devices and operating systems we advice you to use MP3. For modern, non-wired, wifi or mobile, devices we advise you AAC+. The big advantage of using this one, is that the AAC+ audio quality is the same as MP3 but it uses only 50% of your bandwidth. Just 64kB vs. 128 kB.