The show features Frank Sinatra, Christiane Legrand, Bessie Smith and many more.
Russell Davies celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.
Russell begins with Nat King Cole and pays tribute to Edmundo Ros.
Including Janet Seidel, Daryl Sherman, Esperanza Spalding and Nat King Cole.
Russell marks a Ray Charles chart anniversary and remembers singer Helen Morgan.
This week's main theme is the music of Jerome Kern.
Russell marks Doris Day's resurgence, a Mel Torme reissue and says farewell to September.
Russell Davies remembers the recently-departed songwriter Jerry Leiber.
Russell explores the meaning of 'crazy' in song and its use by the poets of Tin Pan Alley.
Russell Davies pays tribute to lyricist Fran Landesman.
Russell Davies investigates the unusual song-writing career of Charles Newman.
Much of this week's show marks the 80th anniversary of the demise of Bix Beiderbecke.
Russell celebrates the popular song with another rich and cunningly-linked programme.
Russell plays a selection of music linked by the theme newspapers and newsmen.
This show features Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Edith Piaf, Harry Nilsson and more.
Featuring John Rox, Perry Como, Mickey Katz, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Hylton and many more.
Russell looks into the use of the word 'babe' in popular song.
Russell Davies celebrates May and marks the centenary of singer Maxine Sullivan.
Featuring the music of Robert Johnson, Doris Day, Elvis Presley and many more.
Russell celebrates the 'most popular point in the musical calendar'.
Russell's musical almanac reveals that 24 April is a date 'rich in associations'.