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Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a personal exploration of the piano during the 1970’s featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and Andy Burrows.

Around The Piano With Tom Odell; a deeply personal exploration of the piano during the 1970’s featuring interviews with Elton John, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and Andy Burrows.

In episode 2, Tom focuses on the 70s and discusses the role the piano played in the boom of the singer songwriter era – questioning why such a large majority of songwriters played the piano. There are some obvious reasons that remain true, one of them is the fact that it’s one of the few instruments where the melody can be played simultaneously with the harmony.  

Since becoming a successful musician, Tom has supported many of his heroes from this era and has watched them play their songs up close. He’ll hear stories from the likes of Billy Joel, who speaks about ‘Piano Man’ which is a nod to the classical waltzes of ages before, and Rick Wakeman who reminisces about playing piano with David Bowie on ‘Life on Mars’.

Tom also explores the wonderful dramatic piano playing of Roy Bittan alongside Stevie Wonder and discusses the lyrical importance of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.

Centered 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.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Tom Odell

    Another Love

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
    • 1.
  • Billy Joel

    Piano Man

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Columbia.
  • Elton John

    Candle In The Wind

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2

  • Elton John

    Tiny Dancer

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Tom Odell

    Can't Pretend

    • ITNO/Columbia.
  • Rick Wakeman

    Space Oddity

  • Elton John

    Your Song

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Elton John

    Honky Cat

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Leon Russell

    A Song For You

    • Listen To The Music: '70s Male Singer/Songwriters.
    • 6.
  • John Lennon

    Imagine

    • John Lennon - Lennon Legend.
    • Parlophone.
  • Joni Mitchell

    River

    • Reprise.
  • Stevie Wonder

    Golden Lady

    • Stevie Wonder Ballad Collection.
    • Motown.
  • Bill Withers

    Lean On Me

    • Nightlife II (Various Artists).
    • Solitaire Collection.
  • Elton John

    Bennie and the Jets

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Tom Odell

    Bohemian Rhapsody (Instrumental)

  • Queen

    Somebody To Love

    • A Day At The Races.
    • Island.
    • 6.
  • Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights

    • The Kick Inside.
    • EMI.
  • ABBA

    The Winner Takes It All

    • Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition).
    • Polar.
    • 008.

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