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Elly Stone

4 Extra Debut. New Yorker Elly Stone, the legendary interpreter of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel, talks about her life in music. From 2014.

Elly Stone - a modest 87 year old New Yorker ("born and dragged up"), whose sublime voice will forever be associated with the songs of Belgian chanteur Jacques Brel - talks about her life in music.

In My Childhood, Song for Old Lovers, The Old Folks and Carousel she brings a new perspective to Brel's familiar emotional intensity and piercing social commentary.

20 years after her stage retirement, she offers a rare insight into her life and what music has meant to her - in a quiet New York studio, out on the streets of her bustling city and at Sardi's, the famous theatre restaurant.

Running through Elly's own story - from troubled childhood, through Broadway success, to marriage, motherhood and mid-life epiphany - there's a musical counterpoint that can be traced in the songs she famously made her own in the musical revue Jacques Brel's Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

Producer: Alan Hall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2014

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30 minutes

Last on

Sun 29 Dec 2019 05:30

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  • Tue 23 Dec 2014 11:30
  • Sat 27 Dec 2014 15:30
  • Sat 28 Dec 2019 07:30
  • Sat 28 Dec 2019 17:30
  • Sun 29 Dec 2019 05:30

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