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Idiot's Delight

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For June 21

by WFUV Staff
Jimmy Scott (courtesy NPR, photo: Leon Morris/Redferns)

Tonight on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight,"® joined in progress following WFUV's broadcast of the Clearwater Festival, Vin pays homage to the great jazz singer Jimmy Scott who passed away earlier this week at the age of 88. Scott's delicately pitched, idiosyncratic alto, the result of a lifelong struggle with Kallmann syndrome, could crack even the hardest of hearts as he tenderly explored a ballad. After a short period of early success in the '50s, Scott's artistic genius as a vocal stylist went unrecognized for decades, until he was rediscovered by a new generation in the '90s. Jimmy Scott, who was a guest on "Idiot's Delight"® in the early '90s, had a long list of fans that included Ray Charles, Doc Pomus and Lou Reed. Said Reed of Scott: "He has the voice of an angel."

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For June 14

by WFUV Staff
Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, Roland Martin and other members of the Tennessee Chocolate Drops

On this warm summer's day, Vin Scelsa has some old-time fiddle music on his mind. On tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin rounds up classic selections from the Tennesee Chocolate Drops (pictured), the Johnson Boys and more. Also, new music from Good Luck Mountain, one of Vin's favorite local bands, and a Google Maps search for the actual New Orleans intersection used as the title of a new song by The Suitcase Junket.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For June 7

by WFUV Staff
Montgomery Clift in "The Search"

Why does Montgomery Clift appear so perplexed in this still from 1948's "The Search?"  Tonight on "Idiot's Deiight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa asks that very question. He also spins several tracks from The Far West's new album, Any Day Now, as well as freshly-released Kris Delmhorst and The Suitcase Junket. Expect classic Marvin Gaye, Townes Van Zandt and John Coltrane too. In a mere two hours, Vin will take listeners on a musical journey from the high seas to the high plains, from spaghetti-western Italy to the mountains of Mongolia, with a safe landing back home in New York. 

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For May 31

by WFUV Staff
WNEW-FM airstaff and friends circa 1976. Left to right: Drea Besch, Dave Herman, Vin Scelsa, Pete Fornatale, Steve Leeds, Alison Steele, Scott Muni and an unidentified woman (photo: Steve Leeds)

Tonight at 8 on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"®, Vin honors the great American poet, educator, social activist and cultural icon Maya Angelou, who died on Wednesday at the age of 86. He'll play some of Angelou's own recorded readings of her poetry along with music appropriate to the tone of her amazing life. Then the show takes a more personal turn as Vin meditates on the death of his longtime friend, the legendary radio disk jockey Dave Herman who died on Thursday at the age of 78.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For May 24

by WFUV Staff
Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman in "The Big Lebowski"

On tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® with Vin Scelsa at 8, Vin follows the mantra of "the dude abides" and takes comfort in music from Dean Wareham, Fred Neil, the Eagles, Eels and Conor Oberst. Exploring the vast Studio V library, Vin also reveals what Rolling Stones album he'd drag to a desert island (on vinyl it also serves as a small, but useful, raft).