The Cotton Club

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200B0120000616

A four-part series in which George Melly explores the history of the world's most famous nightclubs.

This first programme looks at how the Cotton Club was set up by a notorious gangster in 1923, and quickly gained a reputation for the excellence of its music and entertainment.

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George Melly explores the history of the world's most famous nightclubs.

In the second of four programmes he looks at how the Cotton Club helped launch the careers of several famous songwriters, including James Van Heusen, Dorothy Fields, Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Arlen

200B0320000630

George Melly explores the history of the world's most famous nightclubs.

In the third of four programmes, he focuses on the female performers who were linked with the Cotton Club, including singers Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Adelaide Hall and the Club's dazzling team of dancing girls.

200B0420000707

George Melly concludes his history of one of the world's most famous nightclubs.

Tonight's programme features the orchestras that provided music during the Cotton Club's 17-year existence, including the bands of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Jimmie Lunceford.