Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Series produced by WILL

Caption: Atomic Age Cocktail Party, Credit: Illinois Public Media/Kurt Bielema
Image by: Illinois Public Media/Kurt Bielema 
Atomic Age Cocktail Party 

Weekly series featuring music from the "Golden Age of the Hi-Fi." Hosted by Jason Croft and produced by Illinois Public Media.

The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listening, orchestrated pop, cocktail music, exotica, and many others. It’s basically popular American musical from the middle part of the 20th century.

The show covers roughly the years from 1955 to 1965; after the end of the Big Band Era and before the dominance of Rock and Roll.

Each hour-long show will be a mix of vocal and instrumental music and is focused around a theme. Some of themes we've covered are: Traveling • Spies and Private Eyes • Music for Nightcaps • Cole Porter • Bossa Nova Heat • Johnny Mercer • Over the Moon • Music for Your Tiki Bar • Movie Stars Sing! • Big Band Hi Fi • Henry Mancini • Grooving Guitars • TV Time • Tropical Treasures • Ladies of Lounge • Mambo Mania • Stereophonic Action • 21st Century Lounge • Bongo Madness • Cocktails • Musical Colors • Percussions on Parade • Blue Plate Special • Samba Rhumba Cha Cha Cha Hide full description

The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listening, orchestrated pop, cocktail music, exotica, and many others. It’s basically popular American musical from the middle part of the 20th century.The show covers roughly the years from 1955 to 1965; after the end of the Big Band Era and before the dominance of Rock and Roll. Each hour-long show will be a mix of vocal and instrumental music and is focused around a theme. Some of themes we've covered are: Traveling • Spies and Private Eyes • Music for Nightcaps • Cole Porter • Bossa Nova Heat • Johnny Mercer • Over the Moon • Music for Your Tiki Bar • Movie Stars Sing! • Big Band Hi Fi • Henry Mancini • Grooving Guitars • TV Time • Tropical Treasures • Ladies of Lounge • Mambo Mania •... Show full description


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80 Pieces

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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by Wyoming Public Radio and KMXT


  • Added: Dec 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by Wyoming Public Radio, KMXT, and KRPS


  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS, WHRV, and KMXT


  • Added: Dec 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jan 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 1
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jan 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 1
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KMXT and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Jan 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 1
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KMXT and KRPS


  • Added: Jan 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska, KMXT, and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska, KMXT, and KRPS


  • Added: Feb 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KMXT, KRPS, and KBBI Alaska


  • Added: Feb 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KBBI Alaska, and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 04, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KRPS


  • Added: Mar 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 1
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KMXT, KBBI Alaska, and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 3
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska and KRPS


  • Added: Mar 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It's music from the golden age of the hi-fi! The music itself goes by a lot of names: Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Rat Pack, easy listenin...

Bought by KBBI Alaska and KRPS


  • Added: Apr 14, 2023
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2