A Summer Salad (06/22/1988)

June 23, 2023, 11:00 pm

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

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