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Russell Davies celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song. This week's featured musicians include Freddie Slack, Nat King Cole and Victor Young.

This week, Russell Davies pays tribute, on his centenary, to the pianist, composer and bandleader Freddie Slack with four tracks, one featuring singer Ella Mae Morse with his band and three of them written by Slack.

Freddie Slack leads to nutty slack and thence to a new release by singer Hilary Kole who duets on one track with Nat King Cole's brother, Freddy. We then hear from Nat in one of his most famous recordings.

Two contrasting songs called Hole In The Ground are up next and that leads to the subject of Big Chief Hole In The Ground - a song written by Styne & Robin for an RKO movie of 1951 called Two Tickets To Broadway but which was withdrawn from the movie, causing the film's accompanying record album to be withdrawn. No such problem with Pass That Peace-Pipe which we hear in Margaret Whiting's spirited rendering.

The rest of the programme celebrates composer, arranger, conductor Victor Young, who was (probably) born 110 years ago on this day.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 8 Aug 2010 21:00

Music Played

  • Ella Mae Morse

    Cow Cow Boogie

    “Ella Mae Morse: 27 Recordings 1942-1952”

    • Living Era.
    • CD AJA 5514.
  • Will Bradley Trio/Freddie Slack

    Down The Road Apiece

    Will Bradley Orchestra Featuring Ray Mckinley

    • Jasmine.
    • JASMCD 2553.
  • Hilary Kole

    It's Always You

    “Hilary Kole – You Are There: Duets” (New Release)

    • Justin Time.
    • JTR 8561-2.
  • Nat King Cole

    When I Fall In Love

    Legends Of The 2oth Century – Nat King Cole

    • EMI/Legends.
    • 7243 522817 2 5.
  • The Andrews Sisters

    The House Of Blue Lights

    “The Very Best Of The Andrews Sisters”

    • MCA.
    • MCL 1635.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    A Kiss Goodnight

    Ella Fitzgerald – The War Years 1941-1947

    • GRP/MCA.
    • GRP 26282.
  • Ken Mackintosh Orchestra/Patti Forbes, Vocal

    Hole In The Ground

    “Swing Swing Swing – Various Artists”

    • REX.
    • REXX 312.
  • Bernard Cribbins

    Hole In The Ground

    The Very Best Of Bernard Cribbins

    • EMI.
    • 578 6582.
  • Margaret Whiting

    Pas That Peace Pipe

    Margaret Whiting: Capitol Collector’s Series

    • Capitol.
    • CDP 793194 2.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Around The World

    “Come Fly With Me” Classic Album W. Billy May

    • Capitol.
    • CDP 7 48469 2.
  • Quintette Of The Hot Club Of France/Jerry Mengo

    Sweet Sue

    “Django Reinhardt Volume 1”

    • JSP.
    • JSPCD 341.
  • Hilary Kole

    You Are There

    “Hilary Kole – You Are There Duets” New Release

    • Justin Time.
    • JTR 8561-2.
  • Jule Styne

    The Guy In The Polka Dot Tie

    Michael Feinstein Sings The Jule Styne Songbook

    • WEA/Atlantic/Nonesuch.
    • 91515.