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Desmond Carrington - All Time Great

Clare Teal celebrates Desmond Carrington with Petula Clark, the late David Jacobs, John Alderton, Mark Radcliffe, Ken Bruce, producer Dave Aylott and Jarvis Cocker.

It was with great sadness that we at Radio 2 learned that Desmond Carrington had passed away on February 1st 2017. In this celebratory programme, recorded just before that date, we reflect on his wonderful life and work.

For over 70 years Desmond Carrington was a part of the lives of millions who tuned in to enjoy that famous velvet voice and his warm and sparkling company. For his faithful audience, Desmond managed that rare trick. He became more than a man with a microphone. He became a friend.

Desmond turned 90 in May last year and retired on the 28th October 2016, due to ill health. He had been presenting his show, The Music Goes Round (originally called All Time Greats) since October 1981.

Clare Teal celebrates the music Desmond played and the old school charm he exuded.

With the help of contributions from Petula Clark, John Alderton, Jim Moir, Mark Radcliffe, Ken Bruce, producer Dave Aylott and Jarvis Cocker, plus archive clips of Desmond's work on the BBC (and the Armed Forces Radio Networks) dating back to 1945, including his memories with lifelong friend the late David Jacobs, she looks back over his long, varied and distinguished career as an actor and broadcaster.

57 minutes

Last on

Fri 14 Apr 2017 19:00

Music Played

  • The Johnny Mann Singers

    Up, Up And Away

    • Two Way Family Favourites (Disc 1).
    • Castle.
  • Bobby Darin

    There's a Rainbow 'round My Shoulder

    • Oh! Look At Me Now.
    • Capitol records.
    • 3.
  • Moonmaids Plus One

    Route 66

    • Curtain Call Vol 2.
    • Montpelier.
    • 4.
  • Russ Morgan

    There Goes That Song Again

    • There Goes That Song Again.
    • 1.
  • Ray Conniff

    On the Street Where You Live

    • Broadway In Rhythm.
    • Columbia.
  • Peter Yorke

    Emergency Ward 10

    • The A-Z Of British TV Themes (Vol.3).
    • Play It Again, Sam.
  • Stanley Black

    Carousel Waltz

  • Vera Lynn

    Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye

    • Hits Of The Blitz.
    • His Master's Voice.
    • 14.
  • Enoch Light and the Light Brigade

    Moonlight Serenade

    • The Big Band Sound Of The Thirties.
    • Project 3 Records.
    • 6.
  • Jack Payne

    Say It With Music

    • The Irving Berlin Song Book - Say It With Music.
    • Conifer.
    • 1.
  • Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

    Susato Suite

    • Renaissance Brass (Music From 1400-1600).
    • Argo.
    • 5.
  • John Charles Thomas

    The Lord's Prayer

    • Timeless Voices: John Charles Thomas Vol 2.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 1.
  • Inese Galante

    Ave Maria

    • Debut.
    • Campion.
    • 9.
  • Michael Bublé

    Feeling Good

    • It's Time.
    • Reprise.
    • 1.
  • Mel Tormé

    That's All

    • Jazz Legends - Crooners.
    • Columbia.
    • 13.
  • Al Fairweather & Sandy Brown

    The Music Goes 'round and around

    • Al and Sandy.
    • Lake.
    • 12.


  • Wed 1 Feb 2017 22:00
  • Fri 14 Apr 2017 19:00