Saturday, 31 December 2016

Wishing you peace, health and happiness in the New Year

Series 8, Prog 19

Series 8, Prog 19 

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

Happy New Year - Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson: Double Exposure
Still Crazy After All These Years - Ray Charles: My World
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year - Carol Sloane: We’ll Meet Again
How Old Am I? - Frank Sinatra: September of My Years
A Hundred Years from Today - Helen Humes: Sneakin’ Around
The Future - Leonard Cohen: The Future
My Favorite Year - Margaret Whiting: The Lady’s In Love With You!
It Was a Very Good Year - Keely Smith: Keely Sings Sinatra
The Hungry Years - Peggy Lee: Peggy
This Year’s Kisses - Ella Fitzgerald: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
Alone Again (Naturally) - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Bringing In a Brand New Year - Clairdee (with Brenda Boykin & Nicolas Bearde): This Christmas

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

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Series 8, Prog 18

CHRISTMAS, SINATRA STYLE
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)

LP Artwork: Merry from Lena / Lena Horne

I thought it fitting to feature the cover of Lena Horne's Christmas album as the New Year will mark the centenary of the singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist.

Recorded in 1966, it was her final release whilst under contract to Universal Records following which there was a four year gap until her next album, Lena & Gábor which teamed her with Hungarian jazz guitarist Gábor Szabó.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Series 8, Prog 17

TODD’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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

The Christmas Song - Mel Tormé: My Kind of Music
Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season - Andy Williams: The Andy Williams Christmas Album
The Secret of Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella
Christmas Is - Lou Rawls: Ho! Ho! Ho!
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Chanticleer: Let It Snow
The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix) - Nancy Wilson: Merry Mixmas (Christmas Classics Remix)
White Christmas - Tony Bennett & Dexter Gordon: Bennett/Berlin
Love Never Fails - Janet Seidel: Hooray for Christmas
Christmas Glow Worm - Johnny Mercer: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer
Blue Christmas - Harry Connick Jr: Harry for the Holidays
Christmas Time Is Here - Diana Krall: Christmas Songs
Merry Christmas, Baby - B B King: Yule Be Miserable
Winter Wonderland - Clairdee: This Christmas
Jingle Bells - Lena Horne: Merry from Lena
Getting Ready for Christmas Day - Paul Simon: Single
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Todd Gordon: Single


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

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Series 8, Prog 16

ALL KINDS OF WEATHER

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: 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 BeThere
A Foggy Day - Sarah Vaughan: Ronnie Scott's Presents Sarah Vaughan Live

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

LP Artwork: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Music

When Frank Sinatra set up his own label - Reprise Records - quite a diverse range of artists came on board and initial releases included albums by Ben Webster, Jimmy Witherspoon, Tom Lehrer, Rosemary Clooney, Juan García Esquivel, Mort Sahl, Trini Lopez and close harmony group, The Hi-Lo's.

With rousing arrangements by Billy May, the highlights from this 1962 release include Turkey In the Straw, Careless Love and the selection included in this week's program, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair.

There was also a companion, follow-up album entitled The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Series 8, Prog 15

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

Little Black Spider - James Tormé: Love for Sale (Bonus Track)
Bye Bye Blackbird - Esther Phillips: Confessin’ the Blues
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - The Hi-Lo’s: The Hi-Lo’s Happen to Folk Songs
That Old Black Magic - Bobby Troup: Bobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer
(What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue - Carmen McRae: Fine and Mellow/Live at Birdland West
Baby’s In Black - The Beatles: Beatles for Sale
Black Coffee - Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson: Double Exposure
Black Moonlight - Perry Como: Relaxing with Perry Como (TV Favorites)
Blackjack - Ray Charles: Yes Indeed!
The Beat of Black Wings - Joni Mitchell: Chalk Mark In a Rain Storm
Black Night - Frank Sinatra Jr: Spice
Black Hole Sun - Paul Anka: Rock Swings
Black-Eyed Blues - Esther Phillips: Black-Eyed Blues

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