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The Great American Songbook

 
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:52 pm    Post subject: The Great American Songbook Reply with quote

Leo Green starts a new series which sounds very promising. The first one is on Tuesday 2nd Feb and concentrates on Johnny Mercer.
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it sounds as if it could be good Eileen.

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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leo has such an easy manner which makes him very enjoyable to listen to. I enjoyed both the music (although I wasn't always keen on which artistes he chose to sing the songs) and what he had to say about Mr Mercer.

In his favour Smile he did play a beautiful version (not all though) of Skylark by k.d. lang. I first heard it on the soundtrack of a Clint Eastwood film, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which has a link to Johnny Mercer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_in_the_Garden_of_Good_and_Evil
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John W



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to listen back to earlier shows like the one for songwriter Harry Warren but I've just looked at the playlist and I won't bother.

The greatest Harry Warren tunes were written in the 1930s and recorded by the top bands and singers of that decade in Britain and the USA yet the playlist we get from R2 is the usual Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald...... Surprised another opportunity missed for R2 to widen their 'playlist' they just churn out what is on their iTunes list or whatever they have now.
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