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Leo Green celebrates the life and songs of Ervin Drake, who died last month.

Originally broadcast to coincide with Ervin's 95th birthday celebrations and now repeated to mark his death last month Leo Green talks to the great man about his incredible life in music. Ervin composed some of the most loved songs of all time - we'll hear how and when he wrote such classics as 'Good Morning Heartache' and 'It Was A Very Good Year', all accompanied by recordings from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Rosemary Clooney. We'll also enjoy some of Ervin's recollections of working with Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ethel Merman and Nat King Cole, as well as hearing of his dealings with the various songwriting giants of the day: Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others. Repeat.

57 minutes

Last on

Tue 24 Feb 2015 22:00

Music Played

  • Dinah Washington & Quincy Jones and His Orchestra


    • Makin' Whoopee.
  • Perry Como

    The Father Of Girls

    • The Best Of Perry Comi.
  • Steve Lawrence

    A Room Without Windows

    • The Hits Of Steve Lawrence.
  • Benice Massi & Lehman Engel

    The Friendliest Thing Two People Can Do

    • What Makes Sammy Run (Original Broadway Cast Recording).
  • Steve Lawrence

    My Home Town

    • Sammy's Back ON Broadway.
  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    A Room Without Windows

    • What Makes Sammy Swing!.
  • Clark Terry

    My Home Town

    • The Shelter Of Your Arms.
  • Sammy Davis Jr.

    Some Days Everything Goes Wrong

    • It's Time.
  • Michael BublĂ© & Nelly Furtado

    Quando Quando Quando

    • September Of My Years.
  • Frank Sinatra

    It Was A Very Good Year