Goodbye, Spatz Sperling

This show is dedicated to the Sperling Family and the memory of Michael ‘Spatz’ Sperling, who passed away last week.

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music inspired by his father-in-law, a German emigrant to South Africa who created a beautiful wine farm, against all odds, and planted thousands of trees, in an attempt to re-create the Black Forest of his youth. On a mountainside overlooking Cape-Town and the ocean.

Join me in raising a glass to honor this stubborn and heroic bon-vivant.

Spatz Sperling and his beloved dog Nelson


Theme Music:
Jan Jeroen (J.J.) Spijkervet & Immersive Sound
“American Highways” Jingle
Sounds About Right
composed for Concertzender

Phil Moore
It’s A Rainy Day
Lena Horne
CMC Home Entertainment ‎– 20057-2

Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
Get Happy
Brad Mehldau, pianist
Nonesuch 9362 48608-2

Fats Waller
Viper’s Drag
Antti Sarpila Swing Band, with Bob Barnard
Antti Sarpila Oy ‎– ASCD-28

Garth Hudson/Ruby Pickens Tartt/Vera Hall
Wild Ox Moan
Taj Mahal
Columbia GP 18 US 1969 (rerelease)

Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
So what?
Lotte Lenya, Cabaret Cast
Bear Family Records BCD16019

I Know I’ve Been Changed
Dixie Humming Birds
Body & Soul BS 2439

Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht
Lotte Lenya
Bear Family Records BCD16019

Kurt Weill
One Life To Live
Danny Kaye, Maurice Abravanel
GEMM CDS 9294 Disc 2

Kevin Volans
String Quartet No. 2: Hunting: Gathering
Kronos Quartet
Elektra Nonesuch ‎– 7559-79253-2

Raymond Scott
Dinner Music
Raymond Scott Ensemble
Basta 30-90362

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