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Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a personal exploration of the piano during the 1960s featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and Hugh Laurie.

Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a deeply personal exploration of the piano during the 1960’s, featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos, Hugh Laurie, Rod Argent and Richard Curtis.

In this first episode, Tom gives a brief history of the piano and its relevance to him, talking through the instruments history in popular music with its emergence in the 60’s.

The piano, particularly from the middle 19th century, was a very social instrument. A centre-point for friends and family to gather around in Public Houses, schools and homes across the world. It is no surprise that when modern popular music burst onto the scene in the 60’s with bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, it was a central instrument in composition and recording of the songs. 

Tom explores how the piano emerged in the 60’s with its roots heavily grounded in jazz, blues, and gospel music, and will try to understand why so much of the piano playing during this time harked back to New Orleans. Tom learns why British bands were so heavily influenced by these early piano pieces, and he focuses on the piano greats like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone who used were heavily influenced by the world around them.

Centred on Tom’s passion for the piano we hear his personal anecdotes of dedication, celebration and affection of the timeless instrument. The result is a rich, personal narrative series fronted by one of the UK’s leading young artists.

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Music Played

  • Tom Odell

    Another Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
    • 1.
  • Rick Wakeman

    Clair de Lune

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in F Major: Adagio

  • Claude Debussy

    Deux Arabesques No.1

  • Tom Odell

    Half As Good As You (feat. Alice Merton)

    • Jubilee Road.
    • Columbia.
  • The Beatles

    Twist and Shout

    • Please Please Me.
    • Parlophone.
    • 14.
  • Elvis Presley

    Hound Dog

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Winifred Atwell

    Black & White Rag ('Snooker' Theme Tune)

    • Lipstick Nylons Petticoats And Stilettos.
    • Acrobat.
    • 4.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis

    Great Balls of Fire

    • The Essential One & Only Jerry Lee Le.
    • Trax Records.
  • Ray Charles

    A Bit Of Soul

  • Oscar Peterson

    Hymn to Freedom

    • Sunshine CD1.
  • Professor Longhair

    Big Chief - Part 2

    • Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology CD1.
    • Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros..
    • 20.
  • Fats Domino

    The Fat Man

  • Fats Domino

    Blueberry Hill

    • The Best Of Fats Domino.
    • Liberty.
  • Professor Longhair

    501 Boogie

  • Aretha Franklin

    Don't Play That Song

    • Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul.
    • Atlantic.
  • Aretha Franklin


    • Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul.
    • Atlantic.
  • Carole King

    (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

    • Carole King - Tapestry.
    • Epic.
  • The Kinks

    You Really Got Me

    • Castle.
  • The Zombies

    She's Not There

    • Rhino.
  • The Beatles

    Hey Jude

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 021.
  • The Beatles

    Honey Pie

    • The White Album.
    • Parlophone.
    • 9.
  • The Beatles

    Savoy Truffle

    • The White Album.
    • Parlophone.
    • 10.
  • The Beatles

    Lady Madonna

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 020.
  • The Beach Boys

    God Only Knows

    • The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1).
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Nina Simone

    African Mailman

  • Nina Simone

    I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free

  • Simon & Garfunkel

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    • Bridge Over Troubled Water.
    • Columbia.