Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy 2016

With best wishes for a very good New Year.

Series 6, Program 8

NEW YEARS
Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Happy New Year - Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson: Double Exposure
One the Very First Day - Bing Crosby: Seasons
This Year’s Kisses - Nina Simone: Let It All Out
Still Crazy After All These Years - Ray Charles: My World
Through the Years - Ready, Willing & Mabel: A Cocktail for the Ears
This Time of Year - June Christy: This Time of Year
Ten Years of Tears - Cannonball Adderley & Ernie Andrews: Live Session!
Ten Good Years - Nancy Wilson: The Nancy Wilson Show!
The September of My Years - Frank Sinatra: September of My Years
New Year’s Eve Song - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
It Was a Very Good Year - Lou Rawls: Soulin’
The Hungry Years - Peggy Lee: Peggy Lee Live In London 
A Hundred Years from Today - June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days
The Impatient Years - Frank Sinatra: Our Town (EP)
Bringing In a Brand New Year - Clairdee (with Brenda Boykin & Nicolas Bearde): This Christmas

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 18 December 2015

Seasonal Sinatra

It's been a pleasure to have been broadcasting another year's worth of Todd's Turntable.

I do hope you've been enjoying the various themes, and music included in the playlists. After this week's program, there's one more edition in 2015 which is the final of the Sinatra 100 series with songs Ol' Blue Eyes made famous but sung by a host of other great singers.

Till then, I wish you a happy time over the holidays.


Series 6, Program 7

SINATRA 100 - Part 3: 
FESTIVE FRANK!
Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
An Old Fashioned Christmas - Frank Sinatra: 12 Songs of Christmas
White Christmas - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby: The Christmas Collection
Christmas Mem’ries - Frank Sinatra: single
The First Noel - Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
Christmas Dreaming - Christmas Songs by Sinatra
Whatever Happened to Christmas? - Frank Sinatra: The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Frank Sinatra: Ring-a-Ding, Ding!
Moonlight In Vermont - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra In Hollywood (1958-1964)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town - Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years (1943-1952)
The Christmas Song - Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
I Wouldn’t Trade Christmas - Frank, Nancy, Frank Jr & Tina Sinatra: The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Christmas Waltz - Frank Sinatra: The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas
We Wish You the Merriest - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby: 12 Songs of Christmas
Silent Night - Frank Sinatra: The Christmas Collection

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 12 December 2015

EP Artwork: Mr Success


This week's edition of Todd's Turntable pays homage to Frank Sinatra who was born December 12th 1915.

And this 1958 hit song's title kind of sums him up: Mr Success.

Happy 100th Birthday.

Series 6, Program 6

SINATRA 100 - Part 2: 
PARADE OF HITS
Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
Strangers In the Night - Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra: Classic Sinatra II
Somethin’ Stupid - Frank Sinatra: The World We Knew (Over and Over)
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra: The Complete Capitol Singles Collection 
Three Coins In the Fountain - Frank Sinatra: The Complete Capitol Singles Collection
My Way - Frank Sinatra: My Way
Love’s Been Good to Me - Frank Sinatra: A Man Alone
I Will Drink the Wine - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra and Company
That’s Life - Sinatra/New York
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra/London
Young at Heart - Frank Sinatra: Songs from Young at Heart
All the Way - Frank Sinatra: All the Way
(Love Is) The Tender Trap - Frank Sinatra: The Complete Capitol Singles Collection
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night
Mr Success - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Sings... Of Love and Things

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Series 6, Program 5

SINATRA 100 - Part 1: 
HIDDEN GEMS

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Swingin’ Down the Lane - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
From the Bottom of My Heart - Frank Sinatra: The Complete Harry James & His Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra
Blue Skies - Frank Sinatra: The Dorsey/Sinatra Sessions 1940-42
A Little Learnin’ Is a Dangerous Thing (Parts 1&2) - Frank Sinatra & Pearl Bailey: The Columbia Years (1943-1952)
Why Can’t You Behave - Frank Sinatra: The Broadway Kick
I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night - Frank Sinatra: Close to You
I Wish I Were In Love Again - Frank Sinatra: A Swingin’ Affair!
Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Frank Sinatra: Come Dance with Me!
A Cottage for Sale - Frank Sinatra: No One Cares
You and the Night and the Music - Frank Sinatra: Ring-a-Ding, Ding!
Come Rain or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Strings
Oh, You Crazy Moon - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra
How Insensitive (Insensatez) - Frank Sinatra: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

December 2015: Sinatra Centennial editions

As we speed towards the end of 2015, there's one date in the calendar that will trigger a lot of radio play for the one and only Francis Albert Sinatra.

Born on December 12th, 1915, the legendary entertainer's birthday this year is particularly significant. As a lifelong Sinatra fan, I am looking forward to presenting four special editions of Todd's Turntable marking this occasion.

Watch this space, and please tune into Todd's Turntable for a celebration of some of the best recordings by one of the greatest interpreters of popular song the world has ever known.

Todd Gordon

Saturday, 28 November 2015

LP Artwork: McCartney

In the spring of 1970, I'd saved up my pocket money to buy the eagerly-awaiting first solo album by Paul McCartney. I think it cost, in old British money, 39 shillings and sixpence in those days (just under £2/$3.50).

One of the instantly appealing tracks was Every Night. It makes its way nicely into this week's show theme: Night Time.

Series 6, Program 4

NIGHT TIME

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Blues In the Night (Parts 1 & 2) - Billy May & His Orchestra featuring Trummy Young: Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi
I Could Have Danced All Night - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee
In the Still of the Night -Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
A Long Night - Frank Sinatra: She Shot Me Down
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - Salena Jones: Salena Sings Jobim with the Jobims
The Night We Called It a Day - Irene Kral: The Band and I
Black Night - Frank Sinatra Jr: Spice
A Hard Day’s Night - René Marie: Serenade Renegade
Deep Night - Vic Damone: Linger Awhile with Vic Damone
All Through the Night - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Song Book (Vol 1)
Every Night - Paul McCartney: McCartney
Night and Day - Elaine Delmar: Elaine Delmar Sings Cole Porter
Strangers In the Night - Wayne Newton: Song of the Year, Wayne Newton Style
I Don’t Want the Night to End - Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow
This Is My Night to Dream - Jackie Paris: The Jackie Paris Sound

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Monday, 23 November 2015

LP Artwork: Born On a Friday

A Dame and a Knight... One of my favourite Cleo Laine albums, and the only one produced by the 'fifth Beatle' - Sir George Martin. In addition, some terrific arrangements and playing from the late, great Sir John Dankworth.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Series 6, Program 3

STREET AFTER STREET AFTER STREET

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Nat King Cole: Love Is Here to Stay
On Green Dolphin Street - Carmen McRae: At The Great American Music Hall (Vol 1)
Basin Street Blues - Shirley Horn: I Remember Miles
The 59th Street Bridge Song - Johnny Hartman: I’ve Been There
Streets of London - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Easy Street - Julie London: Julie Is Her Name
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty: City to City
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Dinah Washington: In the Land of Hi-Fi
Peachtree Street - Frank Sinatra & Rosemary Clooney: The Columbia Years (1943-1952)/The Complete Recordings (Vol 11)
On the Street Where You Live - Jacqui Dankworth: Detour Ahead
Lonely Street - Helen Carr: Why Do I Love You?
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet - Tony Bennett: Unplugged
Dark End of the Street - Aretha Franklin: This Girl’s In Love with You
Street Beater (Sanford & Son Theme) - Ella Fitzgerald: Jazz at The Santa Monica Civic ’72
Forty Second Street - Mel Tormé: Mel Tormé Sings Sunday In New York

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Now that's what I call a line up!

The closing track on this week's program is C-Jam Blues with a truly stellar line up: Ella Fitzgerald jamming with, in sequence, Count Basie, Al Grey, Stan Getz, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Roy Eldridge.

Recorded in concert at the Santa Monica Civic in 1972, the 3-LP boxed set was the first released on Norman Granz's then-new label, Pablo Records.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Count Basie

This week's theme features recordings by wonderful singers with arguably the best swing band ever: Count Basie and His Orchestra.

Photo: Heinrich Klaffs

Series 6, Program 2

BETTER WITH BASIE!

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

After You’ve Gone - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
I Want a Little Girl - Billy Eckstine & Count Basie: Basie/Eckstine Incorporated
She’s a Woman Count Basie & Sammy Davis Jr: Our Shining Hour
Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe - Keely Smith: Keely Swings Basie-Style with Strings
Lazy River - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: The Board of Directors
Smack Dab In the Middle - Count Basie & Joe Williams: Count Basie at Newport
The Long and Winding Road - Ray Charles & Count Basie Orchestra: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Flip, Flop, Fly - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
Lover Man - Sarah Vaughan & Count Basie: The Roulette Years
Everything Is Beautiful - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ‘n Basie
Until I Met You (aka Corner Pocket) - Diane Schuur: Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra 
Where Are You? - Arthur Prysock & Count Basie: Arthur Prysock/Count Basie
C-Jam Blues - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie with guest soloists: Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Monday, 9 November 2015

LP Artwork: That Was Then, Now Is Now

This week's program includes the lovely rendition of The Shadow of Your Smile which featured on the 1965 compilation album, That Was Then, Now Is Now.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Series 6, Program 1

FILM SONGS 

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Heard-Hearted Hannah - Ella Fitzgerald: Pete Kelly's Blues (Soundtrack)
The Shadow of Your Smile - Peggy Lee: That Was Then, This Is Now
Just In Time - Dean Martin: This Time, I'm Swingin'
It Had Better Be Tonight - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge - Vol 2
Moon River - The Four Freshmen: In Person - Vol 2
Moonlight Serenade - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra
Seems Like Old Times - Diane Keaton: Annie Hall (Soundtrack)
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin
I Won't Dance - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story - Vol 1
Change Partners - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
That Old Black Magic - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
The Rhythm of Life - Sammy Davis Jr: Sweet Charity (Soundtrack)
Maybe This Time - Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
The Windmills of Your Mind - Mark Murphy: North Sea Jazz Sessions - Vol 5

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Thursday, 5 November 2015

LP Artwork: High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

This week's Halloween theme includes the highly talented trio of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. They provide one of the spookiest of tracks in the program, complete with some of the most ghoulish scat singing you'll ever hear!

Halloween Spooks was recorded with the Ike Isaacs Trio and released in 1962 on the group's album, High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Series 5, Program 20

HALLOWEEN EDITION

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I’d Rather Be Burned as a Witch - René Marie: I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra: Vegas (Live) [Disc 1]
Ghost of Yesterday - Carmen McRae & George Shearing: Two for the Road
Devil May Care - Jamie Cullum: Pointless Nostalgic
Old Devil Moon - Judy Garland: That’s Entertainment!
Spooky - Andy Williams: Honey
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Songbook (Vol 2)
That Ole Devil Called Love - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett On Holiday/A Tribute to Billie Holiday
Bewitched (TV series theme song) - Peggy Lee: Pass Me By
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance of Maxine Sullivan
Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Ghost On the Canvas - Glen Campbell: Ghost On the Canvas
The Devil Is Afraid of Music - Dinah Shore: Dinah Down Home
Season of the Witch - Lou Rawls: I Can’t Make It Alone/The Axelrod Years
I Put a Spell On You - Nina Simone: I Put a Spell On You
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Anita O’Day: Anita Sings The Most

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Series 5, Program 19

RIVERS & RAIN  

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM Records)

Drinking Water (Agua de Beber) - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Company
Moon River - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan Sings The Mancini Songbook
River, Stay 'Way from My Door - Sammy Davis Jr: At The Cocoanut Grove
Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) - Bessie Smith: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Bessie Smith)
Come Rain or Come Rain - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
I Cover the Waterfront - Johnny Hartman: I Love Everybody
Aguas de Marco - Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim: Elis & Tom
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Peggy Lee: Bridge Over Troubled Water
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water - Barbara Morrison: Live at The Dakota
Raining In My Heart - Liane Carroll: Ballads
Don't Rain On My Parade - Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag
Here's That Rainy Day - Irene Kral: Just for Now
You'll Never Miss the Water Till the Well Runs Dry - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: Annual Report
The Water's Edge - k d lang: Sing It Loud
How Deep Is the Ocean? - Dena DeRose: A Walk In the Park 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Series 5, Program 18

PAIRS

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Love Me - Billy Eckstine: Single
With Every Breath I Take - Billy Eckstine: Once More with Feeling
Sentimental Journey - Dinah Shore: Yes, Indeed!
The Man I Love - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Less Than a Second - Lena Horne: Feelin' Good
Paradise - Lena on the Blue Side
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby: American Songs During The Great Depression
Gonna Build a Mountain - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing 'n Basie
Unforgettable - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)
I Told You So - Aretha Franklin: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Memphis in June - Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers: His Greatest
Pineapple Pete - Johnny Mercer: Singer/Songwriter
One for My Baby - Lou Rawls: You're Good for Me
So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry - Lou Rawls: Soulin'
Darktown Strutters Ball - Alberta Hunter: Amtrak Blues
I'm Havin' a Good Time - Alberta Hunter: Amtrak Blues


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Series 5, Program 17

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

September In the Rain - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!!
Singin' In the Rain - Lena Horne: Lena In Hollywood
Yesterday I Heard the Rain - Tony Bennett: Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Walk Between Raindrops - Mel Tormé & The Marty Paiche Dek-tette: Reunion
Before the Rain - Nancy Wilson: A Touch of Today
After the Rain - Shirley Bassey: The Performance
Come In From the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
A Garden In the Rain - Sarah Vaughan: The Explosive Side of Sarah Vaughan
Raining In My Heart - Liane Carroll: Ballads
I Get the Blues When It Rains - Big Joe Turner: Big Joe Rides Again
Here's That Rainy Day - Sue Rainey: All By Myself
I Can't Stand the Rain - Lowell George: Thanks, I'll Eat It Here
I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Maxine Weldon: Chilly Wind
Rain - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie: Ella & Basie!
Rainin' - Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
Come Rain or Come Shine - Chet Baker: Embraceable You
Every Time It Rains - Jacqui Dankworth: Back to You

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Series 5, Program 16

EVERYTHING’S COMIN’ UP ROSES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole: Ramblin' Rose
Misty Roses - Irene Kral: Second Chance
Roses of Picardy - Bobby Darin: Oh! Look at Me Now
The Rose - Bette Midler: The Rose (Soundtrack)
One Dozen Roses - The Mills Brothers: One Dozen Roses
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Wayne Newton: Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Honeysuckle Rose - Maxine Sullivan: A Tribute to Andy Razaf
Lollipops and Roses - Perry Como: By Request
Second Hand Rose - Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl (Soundtrack)
Bouquet of Roses - Vic Damone: Country Love Songs
Days of Wine and Roses - Ella Fitzgerald: Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It)
American Beauty Rose - Frank Sinatra: Come Swing with Me!
Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie/Everything's Coming Up Roses - Rosemary Clooney: Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie
Hot-House Rose - Lee Wiley: Cole Porter Songs By Lee Wiley
Love and the Rose (O Amor e a Rose) - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova
La Vie en Rose - Marlene Dietrich: In London
Mighty Like a Rose - Mark Murphy: This Could Be the Start of Something
A Rose Is Still a Rose - Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose
Georgia Rose - Carmen McRae: By Special Request (bonus track)

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Friday, 2 October 2015

LP Artwork: The Two of Us

Our opening track this week comes from Dinah Washington and Brook Benton. Although there was more than a little friction in the studio - with Miss D feeling her singing partner was attempting to steal the limelight - the results were engaging. And popular.

Here are two versions of the LP cover artwork.








Sunday, 27 September 2015

Series 5, Program 15

MAGICAL DUETS & MUSICAL PARTNERSHIPS

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Rockin' Good Way - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton: The Two of Us
Blue and Sentimental - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: Annual Report
I'm Confessin' - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
Calcutta - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Am I Blue? - Carmen McRae & Betty Carter: Duets
Turkey In the Straw - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs
Silly Habits - Mel Tormé & Janis Ian: Mel Tormé & Friends
Who? - The Pied Pipers: The Song Is You (Capitol Sings Jerome Kern)
I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams & Peggy Powers: Single
Don't Worry 'Bout Me - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Bei Mir Bist du Scon (Means That You're Grand) - The Andrews Sisters: In HiFi
Stompin' at the Savoy - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella & Louis Again
Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra/For My Dad
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

LP Artwork: Sammy Davis Jr Sings the Complete "Dr Dolittle"

The 1960s saw some rather unusual releases and, with hindsight, it leaves music lovers wondering how they ever came to be. One example is Sammy Davis Jr's rare album - Sings the Complete 'Dr Dolittle' - which he recorded in 1967 at the famous Olympic Studios in Barnes, London.

The film musical was inspired by the series of children's books written by Hugh Lofting. Indeed, Dr Doolittle first appeared in the author's illustrated letters to children which he wrote from the horrors of the trenches during World War I.

The album turned out to be the singer's last collaboration with arranger/conductor Marty Paiche and, judging by the results, was a labour of love, nurtured by his friendships with, and utmost respect for, the songs' composers, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Series 5, Program 14

CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Talk to the Animals - Sammy Davis Jr: Dr Doolittle
Alley Cat Song - Peggy Lee: I'm a Woman
White Horses - Dean & Britta: Back Numbers
Swinging On a Star - Mark Murphy: Playing the Field
Let's Do It - Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington Orchestra: Côte d'Azur Concerts (Disc 6)
Underneath the Apple Tree - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
Bye Bye Blackbird - Esther Phillips: Confessin' The Blues
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman: Sail Away
Taking a Chance On Love - Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy
Gimme a Pigfoot - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
Lonesome Polecat - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
Professor Hauptmann's Performing Dogs - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Mel Tormé: I Dig the Count, I Dig the Duke
At the Zoo - Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Todd Gordon: Moon River to the Days of Wine and Roses/The Genius of Johnny Mercer
Blackbird - Sarah Vaughan: Songs of The Beatles

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 13 September 2015

LP Artwork: Embers and Ashes - Songs of Lost Love Sung By Shirley Horn

Given the title of this week's program - Kinda Blue - this was, appropriately, the album Miles Davis heard and which made him refuse to play at The Village Vanguard unless this then-unknown singer/pianist was booked to play opposite him.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Series 5, Program 13

KINDA BLUE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

It's a Blue World - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Blossom Dearie: Give Him the Ooh-La-La
Blue City - Shirley Horn: Embers and Ashes
How Blue Can You Get? - B B King: Live at The Regal
Blue - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: High Flying with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Blue Holiday - Aretha Franklin: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Blue It Grows - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Lady Lonely
When Sunny Gets Blue - Chris Connor: Witchcraft
Blue Skies - Sy Oliver: For You
Beyond the Blue Horizon - Susannah McCorkle: Thanks for the Memory
Blue and Sentimental - Mel Tormé: I Dig The Count/I Dig The Duke
Blue Moon - June Christy: June's Got Rhythm
Blue Orchids - Sarah Vaughan: Vaughan and Voices
Blue Prelude - Nancy Wilson: Yesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues
Ballad In Blue - Hoagy Carmichael: Hoagy Sings Carmichael
Blue Turning Grey Over You - Ann Burton: Remember (1966-1988)
Am I Blue - Cher: Bittersweet White Light

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Monday, 7 September 2015

Series 5, Program 12

RARER TALENT

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Hard Day's Night - Rene Marie: Serene Renegade
Walk On By - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
(You'd Be So) Easy to Love - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
It's Tomorrow's World - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love
Reminiscing In Tempo - James Tormé: Love for Sale
A Sleepin' Bee - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Night Mood
Everybody Knows - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain (The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen)
Where Do the Children Play? - Jess Abrams: Cat Stevens Reconstructed 
Stairway to the Stars - Toni Lincoln: Toni Lincoln
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Spencer Day: A Day's Work
I Get Along Without You Very Well - Clare Teal, Grant Windsor & Pee Wee Ellis: In Good Company
Make Someone Happy - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance of Maxine Sullivan 
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple: Pleasantville (Soundtrack) 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Series 5, Program 11

STARGAZING

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

You Are My Lucky Star - Sammy Davis Jr: The Capitol Years
When You Wish Upon a Star - June Christy: The Cool School
Catch a Falling Star - Mark Murphy: Mark Murphy's Hip Parade
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - Stan Getz & João Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto
I've Told Every Little Star - Annie Ross: Annie By Candlelight
A Handful of Stars - Nat King Cole: Sings for Two In Love
Stars Fell On Alabama - Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers 
How Many Stars Have to Shine - Carmen McRae: The Very Thought of You
Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes - Perry Como: Single
Evening Star - Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was a Moon
So Many Stars - Tony Bennett: The Art of Excellence
It Was Written In the Stars - Susannah McCorkle: Thanks for the Memory
Stargazer - Frank Sinatra: Single
Lost In the Stars - Frank Sinatra: The Concert Sinatra
Stairway to the Stars - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella In Hollywood
Stardust - Janet Seidel & William Galison: Love Letters

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Series 5, Program 10

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

On the Sunny Side of the Street - Keely Smith: Politely
Cloudy Morning - Tony Bennett: Here's to the Ladies
Pennies from Heaven - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Peggy Lee: A Natural Woman
Stormy Weather - Lou Rawls: Tobacco Road
Gone with the Wind - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella In Berlin
Isn't This a Lovely Day - Jeri Southern: Southern Breeze
Rainin' - Bobby Darin: If I Were a Carpenter single B-side
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday: The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve (Disc 3)
Kentucky Rain - Barb Jungr: Love Me Tender
Both Sides, Now - Ian Shaw: Drawn to All Things (The Songs of Joni Mitchell)
Summer Wind - Todd Gordon & Royal Air Force Squadronaires: Helping the Heroes
Ill Wind - Jacqui Dankworth: It Happens Quietly
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - Johnny Hartman: I've Been There
A Foggy Day - Sarah Vaughan: Ronnie Scott's Presents Sarah Vaughan Live

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)


Sunday, 16 August 2015

LP Artwork: Como Swings

The hardest-swinging album Perry Como ever released. 

Recorded over four days in April/May 1959, it features some full-on arrangements for I've Got You Under My Skin, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, You Came a Long Way from St Louis, Begin the Beguine and our featured track, a fantastic version of Route 66.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Series 5, Program 9

MIXED BAG

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Beautiful Friendship - Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays
Heartache - Jimmy Rushing: Five Feet of Soul
Starting Over - Kat Edmonson: Take to the Sky
Moments Like This - Tony Bennett: The Art of Excellence 
What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Billie Holiday: The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve [Disc 3]
Teach Me Tonight - Sarah Vaughan: How Long Has This Been Going On
That's Life - Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today
Pennies from Heaven - Helen Humes: Swingin' with Humes 
These Foolish Things - Frank Sinatra: Point of No Return
Fortune in Dreams - Pete Longo's Superband with Frank Sinatra Jr: Billy May for President
I Ain't Here - Carmen McRae: I Am Music
Nancy (with the Laughing Face) - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along - Eydie Gormé: Vamps the Roaring ‘20s
Desafinado - Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella
Swan Lake - Barbara Long: Soul
Route 66 - Perry Como: Como Swings
Sunday in New York - Shirley Horn: Trav’lin' Light

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Series 5, Program 8

SUNDAY, MONDAY OR ALWAYS...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Whatcha Gonna Do On Monday - Frank Rosolino: Turn Me Loose!
Sunday, Monday or Always - Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful
Get Rid of Monday - Shirley Horn: All Night Long
Stormy Monday Blues - Billy Eckstine & Count Basie: Basie/Eckstine Incorporated
Friday's Child - Nancy Sinatra: Nancy In London
Sunday - Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy
Unlucky Woman (Born On a Friday)
Come Saturday Morning - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett's Something
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week) - Helen O'Connell: Here's Helen
Maybe (Tuesday Morning) - Spencer Day: Vagabond
(Looking For) The Heart of a Saturday Night - Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World
Every Saturday Night - Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra: Ray Sings, Basie Swings
Saturday's Children - June Christy: The Song Is June
Never On a Sunday - Lena Horne: Lena In Hollywood
Come Sunday - Joe Williams: Joe Williams & Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
Sunday In New York - Marie Murphy: I Luv NY Mix
Great Day - Sarah Vaughan: After Hours 


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 1 August 2015

LP Artwork: Come Fly with Me

One of the most popular albums Frank Sinatra ever recorded. And one of his instantly recognisable covers, too.

Former Beatles producer, Sir George Martin visited Capitol Records recording studios whilst the sessions for the album were taking place. Apparently, when Sinatra was presented with a mock up of the artwork, he disliked it intensely; strongly disapproving, wrote the "Fifth Beatle," explaining that Sinatra claimed that it looked like an advertisement for TWA (Trans World Airlines).

Series 5, Program 7

TRAVELING IN STYLE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Around the World - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Brazil - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Stars Fell on Alabama - Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers
Blue Hawaii - Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road
Georgia On My Mind - Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle: Ella Swings Gently with Nelson
A Foggy Day (In London Town) - Morgana King: The Greatest Songs Ever Swung
When In Rome - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
New York State of Mind - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's!
St Louis Blues - Nat King Cole: Songs from St Louis Blues
Scarborough Fair - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66: Fool On the Hill
Flying Down to Rio - Fred Astaire: The Complete London Sessions
Ode to Billie Joe - Nancy Wilson: Welcome to My Love
Witchita Lineman - Barb Jungr: The Men I Love/The New American Songbook
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Peggy Lee: Two Shows Nightly
Love Is Here to Stay - Mark Murphy: Once to Every Heart

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

LP Artwork: Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Recording Together for the First Time

The historic 1961 collaboration between two of the true giants of jazz. The featured track in this week's program is I'm Just a Lucky So and So which was written in by Ellington in 1945 with lyrics by Mack David.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

LP Artwork: Lou Rawls Live!

I've always loved Lou Rawls' voice, and I've always like this album and its cover. Recorded in early 1966, only one track was released as a single and that's the one in this week's program: The Shadow of Your Smile.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Series 5, Program 5

AUDIENCES WITH...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Mack the Knife - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella & Duke/Cote d'Azur Concerts [Disc 5]
Do It Again - Vic Damone: The Great Vic Damone
Help Me Make It Through the Night - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - June Christy & Stan Kenton: Road Show
What Now, My Love? - Sammy Davis & Buddy Rich: The Sounds of '66
Out of This World - Mel Tormé & George Shearing: A Vintage Year
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet - Tony Bennett: Unplugged
The Shadow of Your Smile - Lou Rawls: Lou Rawls Live!
I'll Be Seeing You - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli 
Day By Day - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook, Vol 1
If I Could Almost Read Your Mind - Perry Como: In Person
You Gotta Know How - Peggy Lee: In Concert at The London Palladium
If - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra/New York
Teach Me Tonight - Clare Teal: Live at Ebenezer Chapel

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Friday, 10 July 2015

LP Artwork: The Look of Love

The title of this week's program is Cry Me a River and it's Diana Krall's fine version that is included in the playlist.

It comes from one of her best selling albums, The Look of Love, released in 2001, and arranged and conducted by the wonderfully understated Claus Ogerman who took on the same role for Frank Sinatra's acclaimed album with Antonio Carlos Jobim.