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)