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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 11 June 2013

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the exceptional Dorothy Fields, one of only three women to majorly contribute lyrics for the Great American Songbook. She wrote with some notable composers including Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz. Her songs are among the best known of all time. 'I Can't Give you Anything But Love', 'The Sunny Side of the Street', 'The Way You Look Tonight' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among them. Her career spanned the decades. Her first big hit 'Sunny Side of the Street was written in 1930, while one of her last - 'Big Spender', written for 'Sweet Charity' with Cy Coleman - was written in 1968 ...

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

    The Complete RCA/Victor recordings 1927-1934, RCA, 09026 63386 2

  • Image for k.d. lang

    k.d. lang Exactly Like You

    Artist: Tony Bennett

    A Wonderful World, COLUMBIA, 510096-2000

  • Image for Peggy Lee

    Peggy Lee Sunny Side Of The Street

    Black Coffee, MCA, MCLD-19363

  • Image for Steve Tyrell

    Steve Tyrell It's The Mood That I'm In

    A New Standard, ATLANTIC, 7567-83209-2

  • Image for Frank Sinatra/Count Basie

    Frank Sinatra/Count Basie I Won't Dance

    Sinatra-Basie, Reprise, 927023-2

  • Image for Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight

    Steppin' Out, VERVE, 523-0062

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald A Fine Romance

    Sings The Jerome Kern Song Book, VERVE, 007502-1034754

  • Image for King Cole, Nat With George Shearing

    King Cole, Nat With George Shearing Pick Yourself Up

    Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays, CAPITOL JAZZ, 72435-2525027

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald Remind Me

    The Jerome Kern Songbook, VERVE, 825-669 2

  • Image for Margaret Whiting

    Margaret Whiting You Couldn't Be Cuter

    Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook, Verve MGVS, 6142-2

  • Image for Shirley Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Big Spender

    Shirley Bassey - The Singles, EMI, CD-MFP-6004

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Diga Diga Doo

    The Compete RCA/Victor recordings 1927-1934, RCA, 09026-63386-2

  • Image for Tommy Tune

    Tommy Tune It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish

    Seesaw Original Broadway Cast, DRG, CDRG 6108


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