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Crooners & Co

Gregory reveals how the subtle art of crooning was developed by the likes of Bing Crosby and transformed by the likes of Roy Orbison, David Bowie and Lana Del Rey.

Soul and jazz star Gregory Porter explores the soft, intimate art of crooning. Born with the arrival of the microphone in the 1930s, crooning was initially about men seducing women and thrived through signature stars like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

But far from disappearing with the advent of rock 'n' roll, the art of crooning gained a new existential edge and was transformed by the likes of Roy Orbison, David Bowie and even Lana Del Rey into a haunting and abiding strain of contemporary pop.

With Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme, George Benson and Beck.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Nat King Cole & George Shearing

    Let There Be Love

  • 00:05

    Nat King Cole & George Shearing

    Let There Be Love

  • 00:05

    Enrico Caruso

    O Sole Mio

  • 00:05

    Gregory Porter

    1960 What?

  • 00:08

    Jerome Kern

    The Way You Look Tonight

    Performer: Fred Astaire. Lyricist: Dorothy Fields.
  • 00:15

    Bing Crosby

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

  • 00:16

    Nat King Cole

    Smile

  • 00:21

    Nat King Cole

    The Christmas Song

  • 00:25

    Frank Sinatra

    My Way

  • 00:28

    Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra

    Well, Did You Evah?

  • 00:28

    Frank Sinatra

    You Make Me Feel So Young

  • 00:29

    Frank Sinatra

    It Was A Very Good Year

  • 00:31

    Gregory Porter

    Hey Laura

  • 00:32

    Perry Como

    Magic Moments

  • 00:34

    Little Richard

    Ready Teddy 

  • 00:36

    Roy Orbison

    Running Scared

  • 00:38

    Engelbert Humperdinck

    The Last Waltz

  • 00:35

    Elvis Presley

    Love Me Tender

  • 00:47

    David Bowie

    Life On Mars?

  • 00:53

    David Bowie

    'Heroes'

  • 00:56

    David Bowie & Bing Crosby

    Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

  • 00:57

    Lana Del Rey

    Video Games

  • 00:58

    Queens of the Stone Age

    Make It Wit Chu

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Gregory Porter
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer Ben Whalley
Director Ben Whalley

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