Remembering Harold Arlen

The great songsmith Harold Arlen was born 116 years ago today in Buffalo, New York. His father was a Jewish cantor.

In the late 1920s and early ’30s, Arlen as a band vocalist with Red Nichols, Joe Venuti and Leo Reisman, among others.

Arlen wrote for motion pictures, Broadway musicals and Cotton Club reviews, working with such esteemed lyricists as Ted Koehler, E. Y. “Yip” Harburg, Ira Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer.

We’re featuring recordings of Arlen’s compositions all day today on Cladrite Radio. Why not tune in now?

Harold Arlen


10 Things You Should Know About Irving Berlin

Here are 10 things you should know about the great Irving Berlin, born 132 years ago today. The great Jerome Kern once said of Berlin, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music—he is American music,” and we couldn’t agree more. Perhaps no songwriter’s works are heard more often on Cladrite Radio.

We’re featuring Berlin’s music, as performed by a variety of artists, all day today on Cladrite Radio. Why not tune in right now?

128 Years of Cole Porter

Today marks the 128th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Cole Porter. The Peru, Indiana, native was a remarkably talented songwriter—one of the true greats—even if he didn’t resemble Cary Grant even a little bit.

To celebrate the occasion, we are featuring Porter’s songs, as performed by a wide variety of artists, over the next 24 hours. Why not tune in right now?

Cole Porter quote

Happy 100th Birthday, Jo Stafford!

The wonderful Jo Stafford was born 100 years ago today in Coalinga, California, and left us just nine years ago (it seems like only yesterday).

She was blessed with one of the purest, loveliest voices of her era. She began performing at age 12 and continued to perform and record until 1975, after which she devoted herself to family and charitable work.

Happy birthday, Ms. Stafford, wherever you may be!

Jo Stafford