The Crooners

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199A01Microphone Or Megaphone19990103

Michael Ball presents a six-part definitive guide to crooning featuring some of the all-time great practitioners.

1: `MICROPHONE or Megaphone'.

This programme looks at the way the crooning style evolved and examines the musical influences that contributed to such a winning formula.

199A02Big Band Boys19990110

Michael Ball presents a six-part definitive guide to crooning featuring some of the all-time great practitioners.

2: `Big Band Boys'.

This programme looks at how crooning really took off with the big bands.

199A03Screen And Heard19990117

This programme examines how the arrival of sound in the movies heralded a new requirement in a leading actor - a good singing voice.

Featured artists include Dick Haymes, Nelson Eddy and Vic Damone

199A04The Feel-good Fifties19990124

A six-part definitive guide to crooning, featuring some of the all-time great practitioners.

4:`The Feel-Good Fifties'.

This programme highlights the new breed of male vocalist who became the first teen idols of the 50s.

Featuring Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray and Eddie Fisher.

199A05Don19990131

Michael Ball presents a six-part definitive guide to crooning featuring some of the all-time great practitioners.

5:`Don't Change a Thing'.

This programme traces the fortunes of singers after the arrival of rock 'n' roll.

Some vocalists slipped into obscurity, others struggled to re-invent themselves, but some just carried on regardless.

Featuring music by Vic Damone, Tony Bennett and Matt Monro.

199A06Alive And Crooning19990207

Michael Ball concludes a six-part definitive guide to crooning featuring some of the all-time great practitioners.

`Alive and Crooning'.

This programme compares the modern male vocalists and the original exponents of the crooning style.

Featuring music by Andy Williams, Neil Diamond, Michael Ball and Harry Connick Jr.