Tonight on Radio Heartland on MPR news stations, a Memorial Day Weekend program featuring a great jazz singer who has delighted Minnesota audiences since she came here in the mid 80's for a temporary gig at a night club called "Rupert's".
The nightclub is long gone, but Debbie Duncan continues. She'll perform excerpts from an upcoming show at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis focusing on the work of lyricist, singer and music business executive Johnny Mercer. We'll also pay tribute to a one-of-a-kind musician, teacher, scholar and character, the late Bill Hinkley.
In hour two we'll expand the salute to include a handful of musicians who passed away since last Memorial Day , including Kate McGarrigle, Lena Horne, Cam Waters and Liam Clancy. Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day for the tradition of placing flowers on the graves of the honored dead. We'll place a few roses tonight on Radio Heartland between 9 and 11pm.
This program will be repeated Sunday at noon and Monday evening at 6 online at radioheartland.org, and on digital radio in the Twin Cities (91.1 HD2).