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Playlist: WFIU's Favorite Halloween Specials

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WFIU has brought together some of our Halloween-related specials that we've produced over the years. Enjoy!

Halloween Special: Unearthing Dracula

From WFIU | 59:00

A must-have Halloween Special!!!! An entertaining hour-long exploration of the eerie yet elusive character of Dracula in films, literature, music and art.

Vlad_tepes_small Dracula has captured our collective imagination for generations, from Vlad the Impaler to Bela Lugosi to Bram Stoker. But who is the real Dracula? In this hour-long special, we look at the films, literature, music and art that all attempt to construct the image of this eerie yet elusive character.

Strange Enchantment: Jazz for Halloween

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:00

Music for the holiday from Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kay Starr, and others. We'll also hear comedian Lenny Bruce's impersonation of Dracula as a road-weary musician, as well as the haunting true tale of the New Orleans axe man--a murderer who promised to spare anyone who was playing jazz.

Count_dracula_cropped_small Music for the holiday from Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kay Starr, and others. We'll also hear comedian Lenny Bruce's impersonation of Dracula as a road-weary musician, as well as the haunting true tale of the New Orleans axe man--a murderer who promised to spare anyone who was playing jazz.

It's Witchcraft: Songs For A Haunted Halloween (Special)

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials series | 59:00

On this episode, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted holiday of Halloween, performed by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Mel Torme, and more.

Halloween-2893710_640_small I have for you a program made just for Halloween. Coming up this hour, we’ll hear some of the spookiest numbers from the Great American Songbook. I have some familiar tunes about spells, ghosts, and witchcraft, sung by Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. We’ll also hear some novelty Halloween songs by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross and Louis Armstrong. And Mel Tormé will bring us an eerie number often curiously referred to as the “Hungarian Suicide Song.”