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Pop Music

Duration:
57 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 21 October 2013

Actor, comedian and musician Hugh Laurie presents this new series in which he examines the ways in which the blues has influenced all the types of popular music that we listen to today.
Each week he'll be playing a song with his acclaimed Copper Bottom Band and using that as a starting point from which to explore the permutations and permeations of the music that he loves.
This week, Hugh plays and sings "Careless Love", and looks at the blues strain in pop music, somehow managing to link Johnny Ray with the Shangri-Las and Jilted John along the way!

A performance film accompanying the series can be seen on the BBC's Red Button service.

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Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1985 to 1999.
From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ever in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House, and for being the most watched leading man on television.
Acting aside, he is an accomplished pianist, leading the Copper Bottom Band in a smorgasbord of traditional jazz and blues which has so far resulted in two critically acclaimed albums and a series of sell-out world tours.
This is his first series for Radio 2.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Hugh Laurie

    Hugh Laurie CARELESS LOVE

  • Image for Johnny Ray

    Johnny Ray CRY

    Popfile the Originals: Volume 2, Own Label, GBSBU0601000

  • Image for Tommy Steele

    Tommy Steele SINGING THE BLUES

    BRITISH BEAT, EMI, 7 89220-2

  • Image for The Animals

    The Animals HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

    Complete Animals, COLUMBIA, 79-4613-2

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys DON'T WORRY BABY

    GOOD VIBRATIONS, CAPITOL, CDP-7812952

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD

    In The Mood For The Blues, Universal, 982- 0180

  • Image for The Shangri-Las

    The Shangri-Las PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    MYRMIDONS OF MELODRAMA, RPM, RPM-136

  • Image for The Three Degrees

    The Three Degrees When Will I See You Again

    THE THREE DEGREES THE BEST OF, CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION, VSOP CD-149

  • Image for Jilted John

    Jilted John JILTED JOHN

    KNUCKLE SANDWICH, EMI INTERNATIONAL, EMIV-18

  • Image for The Smiths

    The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

    Hatful of Hollow, Rough Trade Records, rough-cd76

  • Image for Happy Mondays

    Happy Mondays STEP ON

    PILLS, THRILLS AND BELLYACHES, FACTORY, FACD-320

  • Image for Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

    Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The Message

    Best of Message from Beat Street, Rhino Records, na-na

  • Image for Prince

    Prince SIGN OF THE TIMES

    SIGN OF THE TIMES, PAISLEY PARK, 925-577-2

  • Image for Take That

    Take That BACK FOR GOOD

    NOBODY ELSE, RCA, 74321-27909 2

  • Image for Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey Born To Die

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