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30/12/2012

Duration:
57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 30 December 2012

Russell Davies celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

Music Played

17 items
  • Image for The Ames Brothers

    The Ames Brothers I Got A Cold For Christmas

    “Ames Brothers - Together”

    Jasmine, JASCD 434

  • Image for Paddy Roberts

    Paddy Roberts Merry Christmas, You Suckers

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 2: July - December”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Image for Ketty Lester

    Ketty Lester But Not For Me

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 2: July – December”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Image for Nat King Cole & George Shearing Quintet

    Nat King Cole & George Shearing Quintet Let There Be Love

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 2: July – December”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Image for Dorothy Provine

    Dorothy Provine Crazy Words, Crazy Tune

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 1: January – June”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 152

  • Image for Bernard Cribbins

    Bernard Cribbins Gossip Calypso

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 2: July – December”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald Desafinado [Slightly Out Of Tune]

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 2: July – December”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 153

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel El Condor Pasa

    “The Definitive Simon And Garfunkel”

    Columbia, MOODCD 21

  • Image for Joni James

    Joni James Peg O' My Heart

    “Joni James Sings Irish Favourites”

    Taragon, 1133525

  • Image for Jack Hylton & His Orchestra W. Sam Browne

    Jack Hylton & His Orchestra W. Sam Browne About A Quarter To Nine

    “Jack Hylton – ‘I’m In A Dancing Mood’”

    World Records [LP], SH 505

  • Image for Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra

    Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Prince Of Wails

    “Bennie Moten 1929-1932: Band Box Shuffle”

    HEP, HEPCD 1070/2

  • Image for Lorraine Feather

    Lorraine Feather You're Outa Here

    “Lorraine Feather – New York City Drag”

    Rhombus Records, RHO 7020

  • Image for Lonnie Donegan

    Lonnie Donegan The Party's Over

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 1: January – June”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 152

  • Image for Dick Haymes With The Les Paul Trio

    Dick Haymes With The Les Paul Trio What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

    “Les Paul & Vocalists” – 2 CD Collection

    Avid, AVC 924

  • Image for Connie Francis

    Connie Francis I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter

    “1962 British Hit Parade Part 1: January - June”

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 152

  • Image for Beverly Kenney

    Beverly Kenney Any Old Time

    Beverly Kenney Complete Decca Recordings

    Fresh Sound, Fsr-Cd 721

  • Image for Cleo Laine & John Dankworth

    Cleo Laine & John Dankworth When Icicles Hang By The Wall

    Cleo Laine - Wordsongs

    Philips, 830 461-2

  • This Week's Show:

    We trust our first two offerings don’t correctly reflect your Christmas experience this year and that your holiday is a happy and peaceful one. And may we also reiterate our wishes to all our listeners that 2013 turns out to be similarly happy and peaceful for you – and tuneful, too!

    If you’re looking for books on which to spend your Christmas tokens, we can recommend one that we were alerted to by a listener, Keith Farnsworth (thank you, Keith!) and our copy arrived just in time for the holiday season. It’s a biography, by Harriet Hyman Alonso, of Yip Harburg “Legendary Lyricist And Human Rights Activist” and it is published by Wesleyan University Press. A great read, full of insights and cleverly linked in many ways to Yip’s lyrics. It helpfully reproduces a number of them in full. Also reproduced are excerpts from numerous ‘interviews’ – including this priceless exchange between broadcaster and critic Deems Taylor:
    DT: “Mr Harburg, do the words or the music come first?” “YH: “As a rule, the check comes first.” DT: Oh, you don’t write grand operas? How did you get your start? YH: I started by writing verses for Franklin P Adams’ column in the New York Tribune. DT: Oh yes? YH: But that didn’t discourage me. From there I began writing on fences. DT: Yes? YH: And did I give up? DT: Did you? YH: No, Sir. I worked my way right down to sidewalks. DT: And then? YH: The rest was easy. I began writing songs. DT: Do you attribute your success to hard work? YH: No, no. Just, just talent .”

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Cleo Laine

    Featured In This Week's Show: Cleo Laine

  • Recommendations:

    Our one obvious recommendation this week (it’ll be out in the shops by the New Year) is Fantastic Voyage’s “1962 British Hit Parade” which comes in two boxes of five CDs apiece: Part 1 takes us from January to June and reminds us of such things as the Twist Craze – with Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”, various versions of “The Peppermint Twist”, “Twistin’ The Night Away” by Sam Cooke and more – even Frank Sinatra’s “Everybody’s Twistin’”. And the theme continues on Part 2 which includes Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again”. TV theme songs became chart-features at that time and Ron Grainer’s theme to “Maigret” was one of these, as were “The Dr Kildare Theme” by Johnny Spence’s orchestra and Johnny Keating’s theme from “Z-Cars”. It was a good time for comedy with Clinton Ford (“Fanlight Fanny”) and Bernard Cribbins leading the field. Memorable pop included Carole King’s “It Might As Well Rain Until September”, Susan Maughan’s “Bobby’s Girl”, Elvis’s “Return To Sender” and Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and there were many re-runs of oldies too: “I’ll See You In My Dreams” (Pat Boone); “Babette” (Tommy Bruce); “I Ain’t Got Nobody” (Buddy Greco); “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (Emil Ford) and much more. There’s ‘quality stuff’ from Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr etc., and plenty of jazz from Ball, Barber, Lightfoot and others, too much to list, it’s a much more fruitful period than we expected and is strongly recommended with almost 300 tracks. The number is FVSD 152/3.

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