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"Well, You Needn’t" | Stories of Standards

Dec 1, 2015
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"Well, You Needn’t" was written in 1944 by Thelonious Monk. According to biographer Robin Kelley, Monk was inspired by singer Charlie Beamon, who, when told the song would be named for him, replied “Well, you need not” or words to that effect.

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!

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The First Take crew investigates one of the most traditional Thanksgiving sides - green bean casserole - with help from an  NPR special.

This Midwestern-rooted dish - infamous for how people either tend to love or hate it - turns 60 this year.

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“Out of Nowhere” | Stories of Standards

Nov 24, 2015
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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.

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“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.

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