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Singer-Songwriters at the BBC

 
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Singer-Songwriters at the BBC Reply with quote

This series is really is worth a watch

Fridays at 9:15 on BBC 4

This is the line up for the 2nd in the series

A compilation of performances highlighting the growth of the singer-songwriter genre in the 1970s. Featuring songs by Bobbie Gentry, Kris Kristofferson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Janice Ian, Gordon Lightfoot, John Martyn, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Ralph McTell, Don Williams, Paul Brady and Loudon Wainwright III.


One of the ones on last week's show...

Harry Nilsson ~ Without Her


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpOZ4xffh7k


This programme is followed by Songwriters' Circle,which aviddiva has already started a thread on, where singer-songwriters perform their classics, chat about their work and collaborate.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to love these really cool "In Concert" programmes that went out on BBC2 in the early/mid 70s. You had these cardboard-box studio sets and the audience was made up of staff from TV centre all acting really cool and far-out.

I have a James Taylor one saved somewhere, and also a Jini Mitchell one, both of which were really good. How times change eh?

Ralph McTell - there's another one. He did so much more than "Streets of London" for which he's known. "The River Man" is a beautiful song that was inspired by Herman Hesse's book "Siddhartha". I remember he played that at a club in Plymouth when I was a student and the audience was spellbound by it.

Loudon Wainwright III - I remember John Peel championing him in the mid-70s. "Dirty old skunk in the middle of the road..." is one of his more memorable songs! Smile
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caught up on my recording of this last night. Fantastic programme, I don't remember seeing many of them before.

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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a James Taylor recording tucked away somewhere too,Colin....my favourite from it is Fire and Rain.

There was one on there I had never heard of before Helen...Steve Goodman, who I looked up ..he sadly died at the age of 36 from leukemia.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd not seen him before either Becky, even though City Of New Orleans is a favourite of mine, thanks to JW playing Arlo Guthrie's version of it in his Radio 1 days. Very sad story as were those of a few of the others.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I'd not seen him before either Becky, even though City Of New Orleans is a favourite of mine, thanks to JW playing Arlo Guthrie's version of it in his Radio 1 days. Very sad story as were those of a few of the others.

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Ah,I was doing two things at once and was listening more than watching so obviously missed some of the stories along the bottom of the screen... Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
I have a James Taylor recording tucked away somewhere too,Colin....my favourite from it is Fire and Rain.


Mine is "Sunny Skies" (it's lovely, jaunty, happy song) from either his first or second album, and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" from much later - and superbly covered by Eric Clapton, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Sunny Skies as well Colin!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used to love these really cool "In Concert" programmes that went out on BBC2 in the early/mid 70s. You had these cardboard-box studio sets and the audience was made up of staff from TV centre all acting really cool and far-out.

Not true Colin...the tickets were sent to Youth clubs and other youth orginisations...i went to a lot of these concerts with my youth club

My best memories are the Eagles..Crosby and Nash..Neil Young and Ralph McTell

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beautiful song this is that was on Friday's programme and what a heavenly voice sings it.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-UM0tEIbLw
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimmy mac wrote:
Not true Colin...the tickets were sent to Youth clubs and other youth orginisations...i went to a lot of these concerts with my youth club


Lots of tickets were offered around to staff at TVC at the time. I used to know several people who worked for the Beeb at that time and several of them got in on the basis of being BBC employees.
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