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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 February 2013

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

Music Played

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  • Image for Rosemary Clooney

    Rosemary Clooney It Could Happen To You

    “Clap Hands Here Comes Rosie/Fancy Meeting You Here”

    Taragon, 21060

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby Sunday, Monday Or Always

    “The Chronological Bing Crosby Volume 34”

    Jonzo, JZCD 34

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong Life Is So Peculiar

    “Louis Armstrong – The Wonderful Duets”

    Avid, AMSC 737

  • Image for Susie Arioli

    Susie Arioli Here's That Rainy Day

    “Susie Arioli – All The Way”

    Jazzheads Inc., 1192

  • Image for Frankie Vaughan

    Frankie Vaughan Green Door

    Frankie Vaughan: Happy Go Lucky & Showcase

    Vocalion, CDEA 6142

  • Image for Helen Merrill

    Helen Merrill You're Lucky To Me

    “The Complete Helen Merrill On Mercury”

    Mercury, 826 340-2

  • Image for Phil Harris

    Phil Harris That's What I Like About The South

    “Phil Harris – The Original & Greatest Hits”

    Jasmine, JASCD 350

  • Image for Bessie Smith

    Bessie Smith On Revival Day

    “The Essential Bessie Smith – 2 CD Compilation”

    Columbia Legacy/Roots ‘N’ Blues, 487398 2

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra S'posin'

    “Frank Sinatra – The Columbia Years Vol 7”

    Columbia/Legacy, CK 52872

  • Image for Peggy Lee

    Peggy Lee Sunshine Cake

    “Peggy Lee: The Lost ‘40s & ‘50s Capitol Masters”

    Collectors’ Choice/Emi, 509992-08530-2-0/CCM-917

  • Image for John Pizzarelli

    John Pizzarelli Moonlight Becomes You

    “John Pizzarelli Trio – Live At Birdland”

    Telarc, 83577

  • Image for Susannah McCorkle

    Susannah McCorkle I Thought About You

    “Susannah Mccorkle – I’ll Take Romance”

    Concord, CCD 4491

  • Image for Lizbeth Webb & Georges Guetary

    Lizbeth Webb & Georges Guetary This Is My Lovely Day

    “Original London Cast: ‘Bless The Bride’ “

    Sepia, Sepia 1124

  • This Week's Show:

    It’s a remarkable achievement of Chester Babcock’s to have provided many of the finest songs for the two greatest male singers of the Twentieth Century. For Bing – usually with Johnny Burke – he wrote ‘Swinging On a Star’, ‘Aren’t You Glad you’re You’, ‘Moonlight Becomes You’, ‘But Beautiful’ etc., while, mostly with Sammy Cahn, he provided Sinatra’s repertoire with ‘High Hopes’, ‘The Tender Trap’, ‘All The Way’ and much more. But Burke and Cahn were by no means Jimmy’s exclusive writing partners. With lyricist Eddie De Lange, for instance, he wrote ‘Deep In A Dream’ ‘Darn That Dream’, ‘Shake Down The Stars’ and others; Bandleader Jimmy Dorsey joined up with him to provide the lyrics for their “It’s The Dreamer In Me” (in one of those strange twists of fate, it wasn’t Dorsey’s version that made a hit but that of his rival, Harry James!). Johnny Mercer was the wordsmith for Jimmy’s “Blue Rain” while he collaborated with comedian Phil Silvers to produce “Nancy With The Laughing Face”.

    By the way, thinking of the great Burke & Van Heusen torch song – “Here’s That Rainy Day” – do you know whence the description ‘torch song’ is derived? Well, it goes back to Greek mythology when Orpheus “carried the torch” into the Underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice. Thanks to Philip Furia and Michael Lasser and their entertaining book “America’s Songs” for reminding us of that and of the fact that Sammy Cahn considered ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’ one of the ten greatest songs ever written!

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Frankie Vaughan

    Featured In This Week's Show: Frankie Vaughan

  • Recommendations:

    Susie Arioli’s reputation has been steadily growing since she appeared first on the scene. French-Canadian, she first came to international notice when her little swing band opened the show for Ray Charles at The Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1998. Her first 3 albums were for the Justintime label; she’s recently joined Harmonia Mundi (their first jazz venture) and “All The Way” (from which we played ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’) is her second for them. Thirteen excellent tracks with Susie’s musical alter ego guitarist Jordan Officer, on fine form throughout, this is one we can strongly recommend: Jazz Village is the label; 1192 the number.

    From an utterly different world, fans of Frankie Vaughan will have welcomed the pairing by Vocalion records of two of Frankie’s best albums, “Happy Go Lucky” with a dozen swingers & standards (‘Do-Do-Do’, ‘Lazy River’, ‘Shoe Shine Boy’) and “Frankie Vaughan’s Showcase” which included some of his best-remembered hits – ‘The Garden Of Eden’, Gotta Have Something In The Bank, Frank’, ‘Give Me The Moonlight’ All with Wally Stott’s orchestra and produced by John Franz, they capture Frankie at the top of his form. Number: CDEA 6142.

    Just room to mention a personal favourite, 10 years old now but still available: AVID’s Louis Armstrong compilation – “The Wonderful Duets”. A Generous 25 tracks from the famous Satch & Cros’ “Gone Fishin’, Louis & Tea’s “Rockin’ Chair” to equally lovely collaborations with Ella, Billie etc., AMSC 737 is the number.


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