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“Out of Nowhere” - composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman - was released in 1931, as people were beginning to realize that the depression would not be lifting anytime soon.

The song holds on to the possibility of a bright future, with love coming “out of nowhere” but potential for an equally mysterious vanishing back into nowhere.

Written in G major with an A – B1 – A – B2 progression, “Out of Nowhere” easily engages listeners.; info from,,,,,

“Struttin’ with Some Barbecue” was originally composed  in 1927 by Lil Hardin Armstrong as an instrumental piece, with lyrics added by Don Raye in 1941.

Tune in to First Take with Lando and Chavis - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

This popular song has been recorded more than 600 times.

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Mighty, elemental forces molded North America—fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets, and massive impacts from space all shaped our homeland. 

NOVA's epic three-part series unfolds in a forgotten world that existed long before our own, crossed by long-lost mountain ranges, deserts the size of Africa, and vast inland seas spanning the length of the continent. Explore beloved landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park from the inside out as we witness the clash of nature’s creative and destructive forces.

"Emily" | Stories of Standards

Nov 9, 2015

“Emily” - composed by Johnny Mandel, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, in 1964 - was the theme song of the 1969 movie "The Americanization of Emily."

This tune’s popularity may have played a role in the re-titling of the movie to "Emily" when it was re-released in 2005.

“Emily” was recorded by a number of noteworthy artists, including Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet. This song became one of Bill Evans’s iconic pieces.

Jazz Man for the New World Phil Woods on DVD

Nov 5, 2015

“I love the triumvirate—Benny [Carter], [Johnny] Hodges, and Bird, but Bird spoke of the new world and as a young man I wanted to be involved in the New World.”