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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: They Write The Songs Reply with quote

A programme filled with the music of George Gershwin....(."Who could ask for anything more?") Wink

Barry Manilow discusses the man and the music sounding suitably awestruck whilst doing so....Very Happy

What a tragedy he died so young ....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zczf9
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been listening and it's just ending as I write this Becky, I love Gerswhin's songs! I remember hearing Benny Green do a programme on him must be almost 15 years ago now and that was good as well.

I adore Girl Crazy and the overture and Embraceable You in particular. It has them all on it. Can remember the German ice skater Katerina Witt do a fabulous performance at I think the Sarajevo olympics, she won gold, and I've still the video somewhere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCTShYP3RCo

Looking forward to next week's!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its the old saying...I wonder what else he might've written had he lived longer...

I'm listening too and look forward to the rest of the series...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I've been listening and it's just ending as I write this Becky, I love Gerswhin's songs! I remember hearing Benny Green do a programme on him must be almost 15 years ago now and that was good as well.

I adore Girl Crazy and the overture and Embraceable You in particular. It has them all on it. Can remember the German ice skater Katerina Witt do a fabulous performance at I think the Sarajevo olympics, she won gold, and I've still the video somewhere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCTShYP3RCo

Looking forward to next week's!

H

Wonderful timeless music,Helen...But Not For Me is from Girl Crazy ,too...(didn't know)...thanks ... Smile

Katerina Witt was always so beautiful to watch

I remember being stunned watching the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games where there were, I don't know how many, pianists playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.... it was mesmerising...

This is a flavour of what it was like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_B-lgIc2_w
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: They Write The Songs Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
A programme filled with the music of George Gershwin....(."Who could ask for anything more?") Wink


Yes becky, George wrote good music but it was Ira Gershwin who wrote ...."Who could ask for anything more?" in 'I Got Rhythm'
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: They Write The Songs Reply with quote

John W wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
A programme filled with the music of George Gershwin....(."Who could ask for anything more?") Wink


Yes becky, George wrote good music but it was Ira Gershwin who wrote ...."Who could ask for anything more?" in 'I Got Rhythm'

Yes, him and his sister were a talented pairing,John..... Wink .Barry did mention Ira on the programme .... you couldn't have a programme about George without a mention of Ira.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What gets me is they always have programmes about George and just mention Ira.

Someday we'll have a programme about George AND Ira Gershwin Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just catching up with the 2nd episode of this, Irving Berlin is featured.

Be quick if you want to hear it, next episode is later tonight.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Harold Arlen tonight. I'm going to fill the bath and have a soak while I listen.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoy your bath...

I'm washing my hair...what little I have of it whilst listening... Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught up today with last Tuesday's episode that featured Rodgers and Hart. Some great tracks so worth a listen if you have time.

This week's (tomorrow ) is Rodgers (same guy) and Hammerstein. I love their music so I'm sure it will be good.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Just caught up today with last Tuesday's episode that featured Rodgers and Hart. Some great tracks so worth a listen if you have time.

This week's (tomorrow ) is Rodgers (same guy) and Hammerstein. I love their music so I'm sure it will be good.

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Me too,Helen....Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I + ...
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit like this series...

RTE Radio 1 via the web and satellite 23.00 Sundays Blueprint for the American Songbook there's still 12 remaining in the series...
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: They Write The Songs Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
John W wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
A programme filled with the music of George Gershwin....(."Who could ask for anything more?") :wink:


Yes becky, George wrote good music but it was Ira Gershwin who wrote ...."Who could ask for anything more?" in 'I Got Rhythm'

Yes, him and his sister were a talented pairing,John..... :wink: .Barry did mention Ira on the programme .... you couldn't have a programme about George without a mention of Ira.


Ira was a man!
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Howard,

becky was making a joke about not knowing Ira, hence the sister bit and the wink smiley.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
Hello Howard,

becky was making a joke about not knowing Ira, hence the sister bit and the wink smiley.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Howard.

Can I ask how is your "friend" Scott Nelson these days.

Have not seem him around any message boards for a while-just wondering if you still enjoy healthy sparring with him on another board.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ruddlescat-had not picked that up before your post.

I don't post/spend as much time on this board as I used to-every time I post something about my favourite presenter Richard Allinson I tend to get "grief" responses so don't bother to hang around much, leaving the anti Chris Evans brigade to post their repetitive posts over and over again-yawn.

One plus point in the recent changes to the schedules etc-a heads-up on the Huey Morgan show-some really good music played-lots of songs/artists played that I have little knowledge about/have not heard before. Well worth a listen imho.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark, I'm a fan of Richard who is very underused on Radio 2 but I'm very proud to be a member of the anti Chris Evans brigade

I don't post much about him now because everything that can be said has been said many times over and if some people still choose to listen then more fool them

I just vote with my radio dial by tuning to Simon Bates on Smooth every morning and actually I think his current show is better than the original version formerly on Radio 1
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What on earth has Scott Nelson got to do with the subject of this thread???

For anyone who may be interested tonight's edition features the music of Jerry Herman. Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles will no doubt feature.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Mayhew wrote:
Welcome back Howard.

Can I ask how is your "friend" Scott Nelson these days.

Have not seem him around any message boards for a while-just wondering if you still enjoy healthy sparring with him on another board.



He's on Digispy now as Mr Campbell, spouting the same line in the same tones.

I try not to speak to him; he's not worth it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
What on earth has Scott Nelson got to do with the subject of this thread???

For anyone who may be interested tonight's edition features the music of Jerry Herman. Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles will no doubt feature.

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Mark was asking a perfectly civil question.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Howard.

Hope you stay around for a long stay on these message boards etc.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just listening to the Jerry Herman programme now. I have loved this series and tho' I find BarryM way OTT he always has interesting things to say.

La Cage has to be one of the best musicals ever so I'm hoping for a gem or two. I saw the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London three times with Douglas Hodge playing Albin. He won a Tony for it on Broadway last year. I also love the Mack & Mabel music.

A couple of years ago I went to a recording of Friday Night is Music Night featuring Herman's music starring John Barrowman, Maria Friedmann and others. Herman had been due to appear at the Prince Edward Theatre where it was being recorded but he was too unwell to travel from the USA. However he spoke to us the audience via a radio link.

BTW hello Howard! Long time no see.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

howard66 wrote:
Mark Mayhew wrote:
Thank you Howard.

Hope you stay around for a long stay on these message boards etc.


Thanks Mark and Eileen.

Jerry Herman wrote two other good scores; THE GRAND TOUR and DEAR WORLD.

Just getting back on track in case I get banned again.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Mayhew wrote:
I don't post/spend as much time on this board as I used to-every time I post something about my favourite presenter Richard Allinson I tend to get "grief" responses so don't bother to hang around much.


You've only yourself to blame for that...
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I'm just listening to the Jerry Herman programme now. I have loved this series and tho' I find BarryM way OTT he always has interesting things to say.

A couple of years ago I went to a recording of Friday Night is Music Night featuring Herman's music starring John Barrowman, Maria Friedmann and others. Herman had been due to appear at the Prince Edward Theatre where it was being recorded but he was too unwell to travel from the USA. However he spoke to us the audience via a radio link.


Hi Eileen

Just listening to the last episode featuring Kander and Ebb. As you say Barry is OTT but fancy living next door and hearing them putting the finishing touches to 'New York New York' through the bathroom walls!

The song always reminds me of an evening spent in a supper club in Florida in the early 80s with the English owners of the motel where we used stay. The cabaret was comedian/organist/singer who was a friend of our hosts, and a female singer who couldn't half belt out that song. It was memorable though as singer Gordon McRae was a guest of the comedian (Lenny somebody) and came on stage to sing a few bars of 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning' to huge applause. Afterwards Bill took me over to meet Lenny and Gordon Macrae who was charming!

It's been a good series.

Off to listen to Bob Dylan now, hard to believe he's 70 next week!

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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure I get Bob Dylan but the programmes are interesting aren't they Helen...

The Bob Dylan Story on BBC6 Music is interesting(approx 10 in the series but midnight to 1am is quite late to catch them I suppose)and they only take you upto around 2001 of his life story. Worth a listen though.

I keep saying I don't know many of his songs but I probably do but covered by other artists...Roxy Music, Manfred Mann, The Byrds etc...
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I like a lot of Dylan's songs, a school friend was really into him when we were about 13/14.

I've not heard the 6 Music ones but listened to The Freewheelin that was on 2 last night. It was good!

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Just listening to Rogers and Hammerstein episode re run of this series. I know it's a very recent repeat but the music is so good it's a great listen.

Not sure if they are in the same order as the original series?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some lovely songs,as you would imagine, on this programme from the new series of They Write The Songs with Jerome Kern being the first subject....

I was surprised to find I liked Bette Midler's version of The Folks Who Live On The Hill as much as I did ..her voice sounds really lovely on it.
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I've recorded this to listen to later Becky. The playlist looks good!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry Warren ...not a name as familiar,up to now,to me as others in this series but who was responsible, along with Mack Gordon, for one of the most gorgeous songs ever written...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZXvLsltu2A
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'At Last' is a classic, lovely song, great voice.

I'd never heard of it until about a year ago when Radio 2 played it.
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I never knew Nat King Cole did it, until a few weeks ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0LhAlOqcyU

Just underlines what a fantastic job Etta James did with it, I think.

Anyways..Johnny Mercer this week. A must listen, in my humble.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01q8ptt/They_Write_the_Songs_Series_2_Johnny_Mercer/
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:
I never knew Nat King Cole did it, until a few weeks ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0LhAlOqcyU

Just underlines what a fantastic job Etta James did with it, I think.

Anyways..Johnny Mercer this week. A must listen, in my humble.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01q8ptt/They_Write_the_Songs_Series_2_Johnny_Mercer/

Good call,raver!

I listened to this this morning whilst catching up with some ironing

Clint Eastwood is a big fan of Johnny Mercer ...a while ago he made an excellent documentary about him that was on (what else?) BBC Four. He also made a film called Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which was set in Mercer's home town of Savannah, Georgia and partly shot in Mercer House, built by Johnny's grandfather, the accompanying soundtrack was a newly recorded collection of some of Mercer's most celebrated songs.

The opening of the film is accompanied by this beautiful performance of Skylark by k.d.lang ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-o92_OI5OU

....short but incredibly sweet

Can't agree with Barry about the version of I'll Remember You ....for my money Frank Ifield's version will never be bettered.

Come Rain Or Shine ...about as perfect as a song can get when sung by Ray Charles .. and it has to be Ray just as At Last has to be sung (for me) by nobody else but Etta.
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I've got a version by Doris Day, somewhere. But I do like Frank Ifield's version though. Reminds me of being a six or seven year old.

Didn't know all that stuff about Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil, Becky. I did watch the Eastwood docu you mentioned, though. I'm assuming it must have been in that, so probably wasn't paying enough attention.

KD does a great Skylark, too. Cool My daughter had Ray's version of Come Rain Or Shine played at her wedding ceremony last month, as a surprise for me. Wonderful.
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I was disappointed to have missed the Lerner and Loewe edition of this programme .....the weeks go by so quickly it came and went before I realised ... Twisted Evil
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I missed that as well. Sad Have just listened to this week's with the songs of Sammy Cahn. You would never have known from the R2 page unless you looked at the playlist Rolling Eyes It was as bad in Radio Times. You would think they would know the songwriter wouldn't you........

Anyway Barry Manilow said this week's is Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley so may be good.

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