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The Music of Langston Hughes

By Travis Nichols

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:

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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.

Comments (2)

  • On June 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm Miriam Levine wrote:

    A sad, sweet song.

  • On June 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm Michael wrote:

    The Roots? Mentioned on Harriet? No kidding.

    This is perhaps one of the illest posts on Harriet for that fact alone. Feel like I can let my clip on tie down a little.

Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 by Travis Nichols.