A Summer Salad (06/22/1988)

June 25, 2022, 12:00 am

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“Summer” Published by Currier & Ives, c. 1871 (Library of Congress)

Studs Terkel celebrated the 1988 summer solstice with an hour of words and music he dubbed “a summer salad.” He began by recalling Joe Louis’ triumphant 1936 boxing win over Max Schmeling. Then he went on to include songs performed by Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson, Pearl Baily, Ethel Waters, Dinah Washington, and Bessie Smith, as well as Paul Robson’s 1941 recording of “King Joe” by Count Basie.

This program starts an hour late because of the Grant Park Music Festival broadcast.