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The Music of Langston Hughes
While the Roots–everyone’s favorite late night house band–prepare for the West Coast premiere of Ask Your Mama this August, insatiable Langston Hughes fans should check out this week’s cover story: Franklin Bruno’s exploration of the poet’s 1957 Broadway musical comedy Simply Heavenly. The production featured a nearly-forgotten gem sung by Brownie McGhee that I can’t stop humming. Listen:
Bruno’s excellent reporting on the production features UFOs, Pete Seeger, Passing Strange, Sonny Terry, The Defender, and a whole lot more. Check it out here.