Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Friday nights at 9 & Saturday nights at 11 on WILL-FM

The show, simply put, is a celebration of the golden age of the hi-fi and beyond! It's American popular music from the 1950s and 1960s with a few modern numbers thrown in for good measure.

Pleasurable Pianos (1066)

This time on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we’re tickling the ivories and enjoying some Pleasurable Pianos. A selection of some of the smoothest piano players of the hi-fi era. We’ll hear from Peter Nero, Ferrante & Teicher, Dick Hyman, George Shearing, and many more.

We’re in the Money (1065)

On The Atomic Age Cocktail Party this week, we’re in the money! Songs about riches and fortune. All those things money can buy. And also a look at those things money can’t buy. We’ll hear from Margaret Whiting, Ella Mae Morse, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley.

Meet The Beatles (1064)

This time around on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, it’s time to Meet The Beatles!  We look at how the lounge world covered the music of the Fab Four…John, Paul, George and Ringo. We’ll hear from Percy Faith, Esther Phillips, The Johnny Mann Singers, Count Basie, and more.

Heavy Petting (1063)

This week, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we’re in for some Heavy Petting. It’s a show spotlighting songs about animals. Tunes featuring cats, dogs, horses, birds, and all sorts of other creatures covered with fur and feathers. We’ll hear from Patti Page, Linda Lawson, Louis Jordan, Cy Coleman, and more!

Atomic Sampler (1062)

On Atomic Age Cocktail Party this time, we’re giving you an Atomic Sampler. A swinging mix of all the great stuff you can normally find on this program week after week including Crime Jazz, Bossa Nova, hi-fi hijinks, and more! We’ll hear from Vic Damone, Skip Martin, Eartha Kitt, Enoch Light, and more!

Ladies of Lounge 2 (1061)

On this week's Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we take another look at some of the great Ladies of Lounge. There’ll be lots of familiar voice plus many hidden gems who might not have had huge careers, but what they did do was just wonderful. We’ll hear from Doris Day, Billie Holiday, Yma Sumac, Sandy Warner, and more.

Burt Bacharach (1060)

This week, The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, puts the spotlight on Burt Bacharach. We’ll look at his early music as well as his chart toppers of the 1960s. We discuss his collaborations with Hal David and we’ll feature a special set of Dionne Warwick singing some of those classic Bacharach hits.

Change in the Weather (1059)

This time Atomic Age Cocktail Party, the forecast calls for a Change in the Weather! It's a look at songs about the wind and rain as well as sunny skies and warm temperatures. We have music from from Lou Rawls, Johnnie Ray, Carmen McRae, The Stan Getz Quartet, and more.

Polynesian Paradise (1058)

On The Atomic Age Cocktail Party this week, we’re taking you away to a Polynesian Paradise. It’s another musical journey to the tropical hi-fi genre known as Exotica. We’ll hear from Gene Rains, Eden Ahbez, Don Tiki, The Out-Islanders, and more.

The Big City (1057)

This time, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we take a visit to The Big City. Songs about the hustle and bustle of busy streets, skylines filled with tall buildings, and living the metropolitan life. We hear from Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Elmer Bernstein, and more.

About the host

Atomic Age Cocktail Party host, Jason Croft, holds a martini in one hand and a record under the other arm, while wearing a fez and a smoking jacket in this retro-style illustration.

Jason Croft has been collecting, enjoying, and programming lounge, easy-listening, and other music of the Atomic Age for over two decades. Now he is sharing this genre with you every Saturday and Sunday night with the Atomic Age Cocktail Party on WILL-FM. When he’s not knee-deep in his record collection, he’s the Technical Director for The 21st, local host for Here and Now, and one of the voices of AM580 on the weekends.

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