Backroom Boys

Michael Ball presents a six-part series focusing on the often unseen artists who have influenced the way we think of popular vocal music today.

Episodes

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01Carole King19991015

In a male-dominated music industry, Carole King succeeded as a songwriter before going on to achieve fame as a singer.

Featuring hits like `Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?', `The Locomotion' and (`You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'.

01Carole King19991015

In a male-dominated music industry, Carole King succeeded as a songwriter before going on to achieve fame as a singer.

Featuring hits like `Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?', `The Locomotion' and (`You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'.

02Jaques Brel19991022

One of the most potent songwriters to come out of Europe, Brel was a major influence on popular music outside the French-speaking world. With contributitions from Dionne Warwick, Scott Walker and David Bowie, and an interview with Brel's daughter.

02Jaques Brel19991022

One of the most potent songwriters to come out of Europe, Brel was a major influence on popular music outside the French-speaking world. With contributitions from Dionne Warwick, Scott Walker and David Bowie, and an interview with Brel's daughter.

03Nelson Riddle19991029

Although an Oscar-winning composer, trombonist and renowned conductor, it is as an arranger that Nelson Riddle will be best remembered. How did he achieve his sound? And was Riddle the man who saved Sinatra?

03Nelson Riddle19991029

Although an Oscar-winning composer, trombonist and renowned conductor, it is as an arranger that Nelson Riddle will be best remembered. How did he achieve his sound? And was Riddle the man who saved Sinatra?

04Harold Arlen19991105

A programme devoted to one of America's greatest songwriters, who found fame as composer for the legendary Cotton Club revues, and went on to write songs for 20 films, including `The Wizard of Oz'.

04Harold Arlen19991105

A programme devoted to one of America's greatest songwriters, who found fame as composer for the legendary Cotton Club revues, and went on to write songs for 20 films, including `The Wizard of Oz'.

05John Cameron19991112

A focus on the composer, conductor and arranger who has orchestrated hit shows from `Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' to `Les Miserables'.

06 LASTMitch Mille19991119

one of the most successful producers of the fifties, whose dramatic studio work revolutionised the old notion of a release being a mere recording of a performance.

06 LASTMitch Mille19991119

one of the most successful producers of the fifties, whose dramatic studio work revolutionised the old notion of a release being a mere recording of a performance.