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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Don Black Reply with quote

I enjoyed Don's first programme last night. I approved of his eclectic choice of music and I'm sure David did too, as Don said he would be listening.

But ... oh dear, it has left me with an earworm. Don't laugh, but it's "Don't Laugh At Me 'Cos I'm A Fool" by Norman Wisdom Smile.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Black Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:


But ... oh dear, it has left me with an earworm. Don't laugh, but it's "Don't Laugh At Me 'Cos I'm A Fool" by Norman Wisdom Smile.


I will try and catch Don on iplayer, and avoid that tune! I've succeeded in not remembering how it goes Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Black Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I enjoyed Don's first programme last night. I approved of his eclectic choice of music and I'm sure David did too, as Don said he would be listening.

But ... oh dear, it has left me with an earworm. Don't laugh, but it's "Don't Laugh At Me 'Cos I'm A Fool" by Norman Wisdom Smile.


I enjoyed Don's programme. A worthy successor to David, I thought.

Fortunately I managed to miss Norman Wisdom. Then again, I always was a rotten shot! Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eileen I really wanted to like this programme but it didn't do it for me last Sunday night. I was tired and switched off before Norman Wisdom. I'll try again this week and hope I like it a bit more!

I'm trying to remember if Alan Boyd is still producing the show? Can't remember if Don mentioned it on Ryan Tubridy last week. Alan seems to be the producer of his show on Saturday as he is pictured with him and Lisa Stansfield today.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if it's me or if the show has improved but I'm enjoying Don Black on Sunday evenings now.

Enjoyed the 2 Gilbert O'Sullivan tracks last night, one by Andy Williams and the other by Gilbert himself.

Anyone else listen?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forget about this programme,Helen, but after seeing your post have put it on Listen Again and have already (in the opening two numbers) been treated to songs by Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listen every week and have been enjoying the music he plays. It suits me just fine as a way of finishing the weekend.

He can never match up to David of course, but then no one could. Still, Don is doing a good job and I hope he continues. I seem to remember that he was scheduled for a certain period but I can't remember what was said.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don was originally scheduled to present until October but it seems that this has been extended. I'm also enjoying the music, though he does have a tendency to name-drop virtually every link.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was to end in October too Andy. Maybe it was just a trial on both sides and it's been a success!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Don was originally scheduled to present until October but it seems that this has been extended. I'm also enjoying the music, though he does have a tendency to name-drop virtually every link.
I don't mind that...Bill Kenwright does it all the time. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the stories too Becky Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night's programme was a gem! It was all Irving Berlin's music and there was an interview with one of his daughters. It's well worth a listen.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh thanks for that Eileen I was still busy doing stuff and the TV was on so I missed it.

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PS Did you know John Wilson's 'A Swinging Christmas' is on BBC2 Christmas Day at 1.20? A repeat I know but I deleted my original recording so may set the box again.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Helen, I must check if I still have my recording.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBC4 7.30pm tomorrow there's a programme devoted to Don Black's lyrics.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Eileen. I saw it in RT a couple of weeks ago but had completely forgotten it.

I watched Swinging Christmas again, wonderful, and I'm going to copy it to DVD this time!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched "Swinging Christmas" too Helen.
I thought it was absolutely brilliant, I'd love to go and see John Wilson as it must be even better live.
Watched the Don Black tribute show on BBC4 last night, really enjoyed that too. Slightly spoilt by Eliza Dolittle singing "The Man WIV The Golden Gun", the singing was OK just can't stand it when people say "Wiv"
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having flagged it up, I forgot to watch so caught up today. I found Don Black very interesting and I mostly enjoyed the songs, except that I had to resort to subtitles as I couldn't always hear all the lyrics - especially from the girl singers. The lyrics were the whole point of the tribute after all.

I loved Richard Stilgoe's song about Maxine and her lack of a rhyme near the end.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Eileen, that song from Richard Stilgoe was excellent.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched some of this on Friday night and caught up with the rest tonight.

I thought some of the vocal performances,early on, were a bit weak and was a little disappointed.

It did pick up though and I loved seeing Marti Webb (someone on the POV board said she is 68 or 69 ...she looked terrific ) singing 'her' songs although my very favourite version of Tell Me On A Sunday is by Michael Crawford..

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

Don Black is very interesting to listen to and on the whole I enjoyed this programme.

(Anybody know if there is a reason why Gregory Porter wears his hat indoors?)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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(Anybody know if there is a reason why Gregory Porter wears his hat indoors?)

I wondered that, Becky. You could hardly see his face because the peak of his cap cast a shadow. Perhaps it's for medical reasons rather than for effect.

I'd never heard of him before. Should I have done?
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
(Anybody know if there is a reason why Gregory Porter wears his hat indoors?)

I wondered that, Becky. You could hardly see his face because the peak of his cap cast a shadow. Perhaps it's for medical reasons rather than for effect.

I'd never heard of him before. Should I have done?

I've just read this on-line,Eileen

Why the hat..? Gregory States the reason for the (part kangol hoodie & part modified flat) cap is as it's role as security blanket , refusing to be drawn on more detail he simply refers to it as his 'jazz hat'

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gazmando wrote:
I watched "Swinging Christmas" too Helen.
I thought it was absolutely brilliant, I'd love to go and see John Wilson as it must be even better live.
Watched the Don Black tribute show on BBC4 last night, really enjoyed that too. Slightly spoilt by Eliza Dolittle singing "The Man WIV The Golden Gun", the singing was OK just can't stand it when people say "Wiv"


I couldn't work out what a miwlyorn was!

I thought the performances were mixed. "To Sir, with Love" was ruined because the singer seemed to have adopted the current trend of confusing feeling with shrieking. "Born Free" was awful. All through that and "On Days Like These" I was thinking "That Matt Monro was a damned fine singer"

On the plus side I liked Richard Stilgoe, Katie Mellua wisely didn't try to out-Bassey Bassey and came up with something original, and Michael Ball proved that he can still hit that last note. The revelation though was Marti Webb. Nearly thirty five years on and her voice sounded just the way it did back then.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was thinking "That Matt Monro was a damned fine singer"

Yes he was, Number Six, and Don Black always features one of Matt's recordings on his Sunday night show.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was thinking "That Matt Monro was a damned fine singer"

Yes he was, Number Six, and Don Black always features one of Matt's recordings on his Sunday night show.


One of the many things that makes me grateful for Listen Again Eileen. I never miss it. Just a shame that Matt wasn't more appreciated when he was alive
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don's last show for a while was last night BUT he said he will be back in June.

Apparently he has several committments all happening at the same time, hence the break.

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Helen May wrote:
Don's last show for a while was last night BUT he said he will be back in June.

Apparently he has several committments all happening at the same time, hence the break.

H


Bugger! Any idea who's sitting in, Helen?

Shame about his last musical
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Moira Stewart is doing a show. Andy's thread is in the 'what's happening' section on here.

I wasn't expecting him to be back so better news than I'd expected!

H

Edit: Just had a look and it sounds like it may be good. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03xcrn9
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becky sharp wrote:
I watched some of this on Friday night and caught up with the rest tonight.

I thought some of the vocal performances,early on, were a bit weak and was a little disappointed.

It did pick up though and I loved seeing Marti Webb (someone on the POV board said she is 68 or 69 ...she looked terrific ) singing 'her' songs although my very favourite version of Tell Me On A Sunday is by Michael Crawford..

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

Don Black is very interesting to listen to and on the whole I enjoyed this programme.

(Anybody know if there is a reason why Gregory Porter wears his hat indoors?)


I'd never heard the Michael Crawford version before, Becky. Wow! He adds a different dimension to it...and I never thought anything could surpass Marti Webb's. So I've just ordered The Ultimate Collection...at just over three quid in total, it'd be rude not to!

I wish Mr Porter would wear a different hat.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd never heard the Michael Crawford version before, Becky. Wow! He adds a different dimension to it...and I never thought anything could surpass Marti Webb's. So I've just ordered The Ultimate Collection...at just over three quid in total, it'd be rude not to!

I wish Mr Porter would wear a different hat.

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I'm glad you liked Michael Crawford's version,Raver... he puts his heart and soul into everything he does and it shows.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Black returns next Sunday at 11pm - hooray! Smile
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Yes that's great news but only until September 7, Crying or Very sad I suppose we should be grateful though!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night's was the last in the current run, so it's Moira Stewart until November. Sad A good selection last night though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I shall miss Don Black, his music choices and his longterm first-hand knowledge of the business. I shall listen to Moira as she sometimes plays tracks I enjoy but she can't match up to Don's knowhow, experience - and name-dropping Smile.
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A lovely final programme in Don's current 13 week stint. I had tears in my eyes at the end because he said that every time he comes to the BBC to record one of these programmes he feels the presence of David Jacobs around the place - and then he played Robert Preston's I Won't Send Roses.
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
......then he played Robert Preston's I Won't Send Roses.


On the basis of first reading this I wondered how Robert Peston could fit in a recording career alongside his job as the BBC's Business Editor!!
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I don't think you're the first on here to think the same Colin!

Didn't hear all of the show Eileen but heard the end, very touching.

H

PS At the time when Torvill and Dean made 'I Won't Send Roses' popular my boss was a guy called Robert Preston........... not the same one of course!
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
A lovely final programme in Don's current 13 week stint. I had tears in my eyes at the end because he said that every time he comes to the BBC to record one of these programmes he feels the presence of David Jacobs around the place - and then he played Robert Preston's I Won't Send Roses.

Brought a tear to my eye just reading that,Eileen...what a lovely thing to say.
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Don's new run of shows begins tonight at 11pm!

Don't miss it..........

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It was a lovely show last night. I wish he could be a fixture for all future Sunday nights but he is still a busy man.
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