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THE BABE AND THE MULE
Two big reasons IGA is #1 in marketshare. (8/5a)
YOUR TOP 20 FOLKLORE SEQUEL, WITH DABABY GROWTH AND A CASK
OF BRANDY
Stay awhile, Tay. (8/5a)
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It's more than just Luke Combs. (8/4a)
NOISEMAKERS: YOUR LATEST SAMPLE PACK
The kids are alright. (8/5a)
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Thoughts while noshing six feet apart. (8/5a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
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It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
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Protest songs that sound like now.
Critics' Choice
SINATRA ON AIR: EARLY MAGIC
11/19/15

by Phil Gallo

The Frank Sinatra being widely celebrated on the 100th anniversary of his Dec. 12, 1915 birth focuses on Frank's suave side – the saloon songs, the swing with Count Basie and the songbook he popularized with Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Don Costa handling the arrangements.

Columbia/Legacy's Frank Sinatra: A Voice on the Air 1935-1955 captures Sinatra's early evolution as a live performer, from a soft-voiced interpreter of hits of the day to a commanding presence whose late '40s radio work provided a strong hint that indeed the best was yet to come.

There are gems within the old-fashioned sides here—a 1940 performance of Irving Berlin's “Marie” is a spirited kick in the pants—but it's disc 4's collection of performances from Your Hit Parade and NBC's Light Up Time and his headlining shows that reveal Sinatra's vocal magic.