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Gregory explores the sound and work of his favourite vocal showstoppers - Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Gregory Porter explores 100 years of voices on the brink, those that go one note higher, turn it up to eleven and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

Starting with the world's first pop star, the legendary Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, Gregory explores the sound and work of his favourite vocal showstoppers - the genius of Ella Fitzgerald, the soul of Mahalia Jackson, the power and stagecraft of Freddie Mercury, the artistry and extravagance of Prince, and the modern melisma of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. With Dave Grohl, Beck, Adam Lambert, Wendy & Lisa.

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Sun 26 May 2019 00:25

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Music Played

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

  • 00:05

    Russell Watson

    La Donna E Mobile

  • 00:06

    Enrico Caruso

    I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti La Giubba

  • 00:07

    Enrico Caruso

    Il Trovatore: Ah, Si Ben Mio

  • 00:15

    Mahalia Jackson

    Take My Hand, Precious Lord

  • 00:15

    Mahalia Jackson

    I've Been Buked

  • 00:17


    Chant Thermique

  • 00:17

    Mahalia Jackson

    Just A Closer Walk With Thee

  • 00:20


    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 00:21


    Somebody To Love

  • 00:23


    Another One Bites The Dust

  • 00:25


    The Show Must Go On

  • 00:28

    Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

    Performer: VOCES8.
  • 00:28

    Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb

    Sing Me a Swing Song (and Let Me Dance)

  • 00:29

    Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb and His Orchestra

    A-Tisket, A-Tasket

  • 00:31

    Dizzy Gillespie

    Salt Peanuts

  • 00:33

    Ella Fitzgerald

    How High the Moon

  • 00:37

    Bee Gees

    Stayin' Alive

  • 00:38

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    The Tracks Of My Tears

  • 00:39

    Prince & The Revolution


  • 00:40


    I Wanna Be Your Lover

  • 00:41



  • 00:42


    Dirty Mind

  • 00:45

    Prince & The Revolution

    The Beautiful Ones

  • 00:48

    Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

    Bang Bang

  • 00:49

    Aretha Franklin

    Amazing Grace

  • 00:51

    Whitney Houston

    How Will I Know

  • 00:52

    Whitney Houston

    Saving All My Love For You

  • 00:53

    Whitney Houston

    Star Spangled Banner

  • 00:55

    Mariah Carey

    Vision Of Love

  • 00:57

    Mariah Carey


  • 00:59

    Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston

    When You Believe


Role Contributor
Presenter Gregory Porter
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer John Williams
Director John Williams


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