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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely story, Raver, I didn't know he had been ill and assumed the repeats were because he couldn't record any new ones.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this Raver! I haven't heard Michael Ball for a while but will listen again just to hear Don. Thank goodness he's made a full recovery.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
What a lovely story, Raver, I didn't know he had been ill and assumed the repeats were because he couldn't record any new ones.


I think Don came to the end of the usual 13 week run and for some reason Jools Holland didn't return for the intervening next 13 week run. I don't listen when he's on so maybe it isn't a show that would be able to be made with the current restrictions. I just assumed that they decided to repeat some of Don's shows until he was due to come back.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you are, ladies. The chat starts around 1:27:00 into the programme. A couple of seconds before, to be precise. The whole show is good. I find him infectious, while the last 30 minutes is a must. I also blubbed at the beautiful Beth Nielsen Chapman song not long after the Michael and Don. As I said, it's an emotional time.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jp7w
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's had a rough time what with Covid 19 and Shirley's death, and at his age.

I'm quite happy with repeats of Don's show. Much better than Jools's offering.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Raver! Just listened and it was moving but Don sounded well which is the best news. I bet his book will be a good read as well.

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I think you're right, H. If the price goes down from 17 once it's released, I might give it a try.
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Try Amazon when it is released.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight's show is the first of a new series, great news.

Now the bad news, Don just announced that this will be his last series. No reason maybe he'll expand later on but I wonder if it has been his decision or the Beeb's?

Make the most of the next 13 weeks!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd better start catching up! I'm behind with loads of my usuals, including Liza.

I'm sure Don wouldn't have stopped on his own accord, H. Probably the Beeb clawing back a few bob.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little piece about the Don on today's BBC webby.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53332613
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Raver!

I didn't listen last night, have it recorded on the Sky Box and will probably record it to the laptop, so I don't know if he mentioned again that it will be his last series. I can't imagine that he hasn't had any emails from listeners saddened by the news.

There was a letter in Radio Times (I mentioned it on the Monologues thread) with a comment from BBC saying there was a ban on using actors over the age of 70. Knowing the Beeb I guess they have carried it over to the radio. Johnnie Walker could be the next to go if that is the case and Bob Harris and Tony B too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was really sorry to know that this current series will be his last. I love the music he plays.
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Me too Eileen. Perhaps the Covid has really taken more out of him than he's admitting too, and at 81 I suppose he is entitled to retire!
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A very nice interview with Don on Steve Wright's show today (Mon). I just happened to get into the car and radio came on playing To Sir With Love and then on came Don! Was about 3.40 ish so start about 1hr mins on iPlayer.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fear that will be the end of "Our Kind of Music"

Very sad news indeed
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fear that will be the end of "Our Kind of Music"

Very sad news indeed
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
A very nice interview with Don on Steve Wright's show today (Mon). I just happened to get into the car and radio came on playing To Sir With Love and then on came Don! Was about 3.40 ish so start about 1hr mins on iPlayer.

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I've got the page up on my other computer, H. I intend to listen later - or at least before it expires. Or before I do, for that matter!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Tonight's show is the first of a new series, great news.

Now the bad news, Don just announced that this will be his last series. No reason maybe he'll expand later on but I wonder if it has been his decision or the Beeb's?

Make the most of the next 13 weeks!

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One of the programmes I download and listen to when I'm out for walks. Sorry to hear it's finishing. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldraver wrote:
I'm sure Don wouldn't have stopped on his own accord, H. Probably the Beeb clawing back a few bob.

Raver, thank you for the link to Steve Wright's interview - very interesting and enjoyable. Listening to last night's show when he was talking about it being his last series, he used the word "disappointing" which made me think he would have wanted to continue and that the dreaded axe had been wielded. A crying shame if that was so.

I hope to goodness we are not going to get more Jools Holland as I tried his programme and gave up. I do feel it is so important to keep the Great American Song Book going and Don was quite right in noting how recognisable the singers of that era were and still are, compared with so many of today's singers who are minor variations of each other.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an excellent piece in today's Guardian in which it says he's having to give up the Radio 2 show due to "lack of time" - seems a shame, but if he wants to do other projects at his age he'd best get on with them!

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jul/29/don-black-songwriter-lyricist-interview-michael-jackson-john-barry
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
oldraver wrote:
I'm sure Don wouldn't have stopped on his own accord, H. Probably the Beeb clawing back a few bob.

Raver, thank you for the link to Steve Wright's interview - very interesting and enjoyable. Listening to last night's show when he was talking about it being his last series, he used the word "disappointing" which made me think he would have wanted to continue and that the dreaded axe had been wielded. A crying shame if that was so.

I hope to goodness we are not going to get more Jools Holland as I tried his programme and gave up. I do feel it is so important to keep the Great American Song Book going and Don was quite right in noting how recognisable the singers of that era were and still are, compared with so many of today's singers who are minor variations of each other.
Thanks Eileen. As happy as I am with a plaudit or two, it was Helen who alerted us to it! You're dead right about the Great American Song Book. I watched the Ella Fitzgerald BBC 4 documentary Just One Of Those Things this week and it said something that was obvious, but hadn't occurred to me. It was that the song book is, in effect, America's 'classical music', as it's such a young country. Something like that. And I cannot recommend the documentary highly enough.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jr4f
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
I was really sorry to know that this current series will be his last. I love the music he plays.


I was listening to Don (from a couple of weeks back) when out walking this morning and he was saying about getting lots of mail from people saying how sad and disappointed they are that his programmes are coming to an end. He said he is also sad and disappointed. I took from that that perhaps the ending of them isn't entirely his own choice. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
FleetingEileenM wrote:
I was really sorry to know that this current series will be his last. I love the music he plays.

I was listening to Don (from a couple of weeks back) when out walking this morning and he was saying about getting lots of mail from people saying how sad and disappointed they are that his programmes are coming to an end. He said he is also sad and disappointed. I took from that that perhaps the ending of them isn't entirely his own choice. Sad

FleetingEileenM wrote last Monday:
"Listening to last night's show when he was talking about it being his last series, he used the word "disappointing" which made me think he would have wanted to continue and that the dreaded axe had been wielded. A crying shame if that was so."

Indeed, Becky, as you can see, I had the same thought as you. Perhaps he didn't want to criticise the BBC so as to leave the door open, as it were.
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Indeed, Becky, as you can see, I had the same thought as you. Perhaps he didn't want to criticise the BBC so as to leave the door open, as it were.


Apologies Eileen - don't know how I missed that Embarassed Smile - perhaps my phone rang when I was reading the thread.

The word disappointing was very telling - I don't think he's going under his own steam. Perhaps he doesn't think it worth a fuss and would rather leave in a quiet manner.

Whatever, it's a real shame.
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That's OK, Becky Smile . Yes, he is the only one who plays "our kind of music" now, quoting dear David Jacobs.

I would love to have Russell Davies back again, with the music programmes he used to do which of course were axed. I don't mean the ones in which he interviewed a singer and interspersed the chat with tracks but him on his own with all sorts of background info about what he was playing.

I dread to think who is going to replace Don. I suppose we'll have Moira Stuart for another series which will be mostly OK - but then who? Please, please, please not Jools Holland Sad.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I though Moira stopped when Evans left and she went to Classic FM which is why we had Jools.

I used to like Moira, very interesting programmes,
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure where Moira went but Jools took over her slot and not sure why apart from C 19 as to why it stopped.

Now I've not listened to this but heard Richard Allinson mention at the end of last week that he had interviewed Don about his book for the Magic Radio Book Club podcast. Found the link which is here https://planetradio.co.uk/podcasts/magic-book-club/

It's the 22 Jul edition if there has been another one before you get to listen.

Son't suppose he'll mention R2 but you never know!

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Thanks for that link, Helen, I have just listened to it. Very informative.
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I just listenen Eileen and I just wish it had been longer! I was left with the impression that Richard would have talked for the whole length of the podcast if he'd been able. I'm a fan of his so would have enjoyed it!

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So there I was, standing at the sink, late on Sunday night, melting under this relentless heat we're having down here, having just switched on the radio out there, when I heard this amazing singing. Never heard it before and I thought to myself who could it be? Vic Damone? Funnily enough, he came up later in the programme. I was amazed when Don said who it was!

Jeff Chandler. Superb.

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Yes, Raver, I was amazed when I heard who it was. What a lovely voice!
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Wasn't it just, Eileen! Amazed is the word.
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