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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 March 2013

This Sunday Russell Davies marks Ella Logan's centenary, the opening of the movie 42nd Street and the death of Patsy Cline plus Sinatra and Madeleine Peyroux.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Ella Logan

    Ella Logan How Are Things In Glocca Morra

    “Broadway Songs, Hits & Showstoppers”

    Jasmine, JASBOX 18-4

  • Image for Comedian Harmonists

    Comedian Harmonists Wochenend Und Sonnenschein

    “Berlin By Night [1991 Compilation]”

    EMI, CD EMS 1395

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me

    “Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers”

    Capitol, CDP 7 46570 2

  • Image for Gene Kardos & His Orchestra with Dick Robertson

    Gene Kardos & His Orchestra with Dick Robertson Forty Second Street

    “Echoes Of The Thirties” [5 LP Box Set]

    Colmbia Special Products [LPS], AM 14322/P5 14320

  • Image for Maxine Sullivan

    Maxine Sullivan Summer Night

    “Maxine Sullivan Celebrates Harry Warren’s Music”

    Audiophile, ACD 229

  • Image for Jessica Molaskey

    Jessica Molaskey I'm Just Wild About Harry

    “Pentimento – Jessica Molaskey”

    PS Classics, PS 205

  • Image for John Pizzarelli

    John Pizzarelli Our Love Rolls On

    “John Pizzarelli – Let There Be Love”

    Telarc Jazz, CD-83518

  • Image for Patsy Cline

    Patsy Cline Crazy

    “Mad About The Girls” [1995 Compilation]

    Verve, 525 555 2

  • Image for Madeleine Peyroux

    Madeleine Peyroux Walkin' After Midnight

    “Madeleine Peyroux - Dreamland”

    Atlantic, 7567-82946-2

  • Image for Margaret Whiting

    Margaret Whiting Twelve Past Midnight

    “Margaret After Midnight – ‘Margaret’/’Past Midnight’”

    Flare, ROYCD 316

  • Image for Ella Logan & Hoagy Carmichael

    Ella Logan & Hoagy Carmichael Two Sleepy People

    “Ella Logan: Swingin’ Scots Lassie 1932-1941”

    Retrieval, RTR 79021

  • Image for Ella Logan & The Spirits Of Rhythm

    Ella Logan & The Spirits Of Rhythm It's A Long Way To Tipperary

    “The Spirits Of Rhythm: 1933 - 1945”

    Chronological Classics, CLASSICS 1028

  • Image for Rosemary Clooney & John Pizzarelli

    Rosemary Clooney & John Pizzarelli Waters Of March

    Rosemary Clooney: Brazil – With John Pizzarelli

    Concord, CCD 4884-2

  • This Week...

    As we were preparing to celebrate Ella Logan’s centenary, we received this appeal for information from listener Mr Brian McGeachan:

    “Hello, I write regarding the centenary of the birth of Scots-born Ella Logan on March 6th... I wrote a play on the subject of Ella Logan's neice Annie Ross in 2006, and remain fascinated by the life and career of Ella...
    A dark shadow, that I'd be grateful if you could shed any light on, was her inclusion in the notorious Red Channels publication, accusing her of communist affiliation...which… led to her appearance before a sub committee of the HUAC in California. This, of course, was after her major success in Finian's Rainbow, and it would be interesting to know if the resultant publicity affected her career in her adopted homeland.
    There is a suggestion that her friendship with Charlie Chaplin led to them both contributing funds to an engineering apprentices strike on Clydeside in 1952. I knew the one-time Communist trade unionist Jimmy Reid, who was a 19 year-old strike leader in that dispute. He knew members of the Logan family and a link with Ella and a colony of left-leaning activists in Hollywood, would be advantageous for his cause, but rather tricky for the alien Ms Logan during the McCarthy witch-hunts.
    I’d be grateful if … any of your listeners, might be in a position to shed any further light on this?”

    If you have any knowledge of this infamous period that you can share with Mr McGeachan, contact us here and we’ll put you in touch.

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Hoagy Carmichael

    Featured In This Week's Show: Hoagy Carmichael

  • Recommendations

    The recent release from Flare records devoted to Margaret Whiting (‘Margaret After Midnight” number ROYCD 318) is a good demonstration of Miss Whiting’s professional flexibility, presenting as it does two LP albums, the first – ‘Margaret’ from 1958 – devoted to a dozen country hits (‘Cold, Cold Heart’, ‘Crying In The Chapel’, ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’), the second, from 1961 giving us superlative performances of mostly great standards from The Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, Porter etc. (‘Blue Room’, ‘My Old Flame’, ‘Sing For Your Supper’). We’d love to know the identity of the anonymous MD and arranger as the backings, too, are excellent. In addition there are four bonus tracks from around the same period and that makes a generous 28 tracks in all. Great sound quality – strongly recommended!

    A memento of the young Ella Logan is available through Retrieval Records under the title “Swingin’ Scots Lassie” which brings together most of her best US sides between 1932 and 1941 with some impressive personnels accompanying her too – groups led by Adrian Rollini, Bill Harty and Perry Botkin. Ella’s repertoire ranges from standards of the day (‘I Wish I Were Twins’, ‘Are you Havin’ Any Fun?’) to old scots favourites, folk and music-hall material, most of which she treats in a cheery Dixie-ish two-beat style, occasionally demonstrating her versatility to deliver a poignant “Something I Dreamed Last” or a sparkling “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”. Lots to enjoy here and the number is RTR 79021.


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