Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday 8 April



As part of BBC Music's My Generation season, Friday Night Is Music Night presents a programme celebrating the film scores of the 1950s.

Jazz singer Joe Stilgoe and West End star Louise Dearman join BBC Radio 2's Sound Of The 50s presenter Leo Green and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Michael England, for this special edition.

Music featured will include tracks from the movies Ben-Hur, The Bridge On The River Kwai and Singin’ In The Rain, and songs Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? from High Society, The Deadwood Stage from Calamity Jane and Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend from the Marilyn Monroe classic, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

BBC Music: My Generation is a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 launches Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s featuring shows from Len Goodman, Marty Wilde, Chris Evans and his son Noah, and more.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Anthony Cherry for the BBC

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