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Russell marks several anniversaries, including the centenaries of Nino Rota and Spike Jones, Rita Moreno's 80th birthday, and the 60th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio's retirement.

This week, Russell celebrates the centenaries of Nino Rota (Speak Softly Love) and Spike Jones (three items, including one as a straight drummer with Bing Crosby). Rita Moreno, who is 80 today, is also heard in a fine, live performance of I Won't Send Roses.

70 years ago tomorrow, Harry James & His Orchestra recorded an "inconsequential" song with Alec Wilder's name attached and we follow this with one of Wilder's most famous - I'll Be Around, sung by Frank Sinatra. Today is also the 60th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio's retirement from baseball. We hear the Les Brown anthem cut in his honour.

Talk of working in Salford (Brain Of Britain) and of Shelagh Delaney's many Salford connections brings Russell to A Taste Of Honey - we hear Peggy Lee's version and Allan Sherman's parody Waste Of Money. Lastly, some recent offerings from Rebecca Kilgore and Karen Oberlin and something from a new CD of male singers in the 50s.

57 minutes

Last on

Sun 11 Dec 2011 21:00

Music Played

  • Andy Williams

    Speak Softly Love

    “Music To Watch Girls By Volume 3

    • Columbia.
    • SonyTV96CD.
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers

    As Time Goes By

    “The Jones Laughing Record”

    • Avid.
    • AMSC 630.
  • Lennie Niehaus

    Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

    “Chronological Bing Crosby 1938/1939”

    • Jonzo.
    • JZCD 24.
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers

    Behind Those Swinging Doors

    “The Bluebirds – Spike Jones & His City Slickers”

    • Harlequin.
    • HQCD 100.
  • Rita Moreno

    I Won't Send Roses

    “The Words & Music Pf Jerry Herman”

    • LML Music.
    • LML 302.
  • Harry James and His Orchestra

    J P Dooley III

    “Harry James & His Orchestra 1941-1942”

    • Classics.
    • 1132.
  • Frank Sinatra

    I'll Be Around

    “Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours” (1955)

    • Capitol.
    • CDP 7 96826 2.
  • Les Brown and His Band of Renown

    Joltin' Joe Dimaggio

    “Baseball” – Original Soundtrack Recording

    • Elektra Nonesuch.
    • 9 79340-2.
  • Peggy Lee

    A Taste Of Honey

    “I’m A Woman / Norma Deloris Egstrom…”

    • Capitol.
    • 7243 8 74179 2 2.
  • Allan Sherman

    A Waste Of Money

    “The Best Of Allan Sherman”

    • Rhino.
    • R2 75771.
  • Rebecca Kilgore

    Something Like Love

    “Blossom Dearie, Soubrette Sings Broadway Hits“

    • Arbors Jazz.
    • ARCD 19413.
  • Karen Oberlin

    My Time Of Day

    “Karen Oberlin Live At The Algonquin” (New)

    • CD Baby.
    • 385296.
  • Liberace

    The Finger Of Suspicion

    “Guys Allowed: Male Vocalists Of The ‘50s” (New)

    • Jasmine.
    • JASCD 173.