Michael Parkinson - My Favourite Things

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Sir Michael Parkinson returns to Radio 2 with My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. Over the next thirteen weeks, listeners can look forward to recordings from forgotten masters and musical legends, plus an introduction to the next generation of singers.

Among the featured artists will be those who've charted his life. Michael says: "Louis Armstrong was the man who first ignited my love of jazz. He led me to Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, who introduced me to Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Chet Baker."

"Duke Ellington showed me Count Basie and I graduated to Harry James and Woody Herman. George Shearing's I'll Remember April was the very first jazz piano record I bought. Then came Errol Garner, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson."

"I first saw Ella Fitzgerald at the movies. She played a maid who sang A Tisket A Tasket and transformed even that trifle into a musical event and I was hooked. She wasn't the first to enchant me. Billie Holiday had already broken my heart, and I'd seen Anita O'Day, so I knew a good singer when I heard one."

"It seemed for a while that the stream of great singers had dried up with the all time greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Then along came Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Clare Teal, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum to bring their own sensibility and talent to keeping the tradition alive - and more than that - re-interpreting the classic jazz standards repertoire.".

Parky plays forgotten masters, musical legends and the next generation of singers.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson returns to Radio 2 for the second series of 'My Favourite Things'. Over the next thirteen weeks he discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers, playing some of the greatest popular records of all time.

Sir Michael was instrumental in a revival of the great American Songbook that resulted in singers like Diana Krall, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble enjoying significant record success across Europe. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the greats - Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong among them - extends to the musicians who played on their records and to the composers, lyricists, orchestrators, MD's, players and producers who worked with them. Consequently, each programme is a journey of discovery and excellence, not only through the classic and familiar, but also the undiscovered and neglected. Among the episodes; The Arrangers; The Latin influence; The Golden Age of Songwriting; Discovering Jazz; The Centenaries of Sinatra's most prolific writers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen; The Next Generation Singers; Great Duets and so on. Sir Michael begins the series by reflecting on the quality of songwriting during the year he was born - 1935.

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Sir Michael Parkinson returns to Radio 2 for the second series of 'My Favourite Things'. Over the next thirteen weeks he discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers, playing some of the greatest popular records of all time.

Sir Michael was instrumental in a revival of the great American Songbook that resulted in singers like Diana Krall, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble enjoying significant record success across Europe. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the greats - Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong among them - extends to the musicians who played on their records and to the composers, lyricists, orchestrators, MD's, players and producers who worked with them. Consequently, each programme is a journey of discovery and excellence, not only through the classic and familiar, but also the undiscovered and neglected. Among the episodes; The Arrangers; The Latin influence; The Golden Age of Songwriting; Discovering Jazz; The Centenaries of Sinatra's most prolific writers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen; The Next Generation Singers; Great Duets and so on. Sir Michael begins the series by reflecting on the quality of songwriting during the year he was born - 1935.

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Sir Michael Parkinson's 'Favourite Things' this week are the records that took the new Bossa Nova rhythm and adapted it to create some jazz classics. Among the artists to record latin american feeling songs are Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Artie Shaw and Quincy Jones. Parky also comes up to date with recordings from Stacey Kent, Sara Gazarek and Molly Johnson. He looks back at the music scene in 1963 when Bossa Nova was taking off and observes that it was the same year that the great artist Dinah Washington died aged 39... Washington was called 'the Queen of the Blues'. Supremely talented, she produced some great hit records including 'Mad About the Boy' and 'Baby You Got What It Takes'. She enjoyed a reputation as a feisty and disputatious woman... and married seven times.

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Sir Michael Parkinson's 'Favourite Things' this week are the records that took the new Bossa Nova rhythm and adapted it to create some jazz classics. Among the artists to record latin american feeling songs are Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Artie Shaw and Quincy Jones. Parky also comes up to date with recordings from Stacey Kent, Sara Gazarek and Molly Johnson. He looks back at the music scene in 1963 when Bossa Nova was taking off and observes that it was the same year that the great artist Dinah Washington died aged 39... Washington was called 'the Queen of the Blues'. Supremely talented, she produced some great hit records including 'Mad About the Boy' and 'Baby You Got What It Takes'. She enjoyed a reputation as a feisty and disputatious woman... and married seven times.

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Sir Michael Parkinson introduces favourite singers and songs from the Great American Songbook. In this programme he takes it 'Nice and Easy' with songs from Barbra Streisand, Sinatra, Harry Connick Jnr and others. Michael also reflects on the sixties jazz scene.

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Sir Michael Parkinson introduces favourite singers and songs from the Great American Songbook. In this programme he takes it 'Nice and Easy' with songs from Barbra Streisand, Sinatra, Harry Connick Jnr and others. Michael also reflects on the sixties jazz scene.

20130423

Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the weather - and rain in particular - as the inspiration for song writers. Among the lyrics he celebrates are those to 'Come Rain Come Shine', 'Fire and Rain' 'Stormy Weather', 'Here's that Rainy Day' and of course 'Singin in the Rain'.

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Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the weather - and rain in particular - as the inspiration for song writers. Among the lyrics he celebrates are those to 'Come Rain Come Shine', 'Fire and Rain' 'Stormy Weather', 'Here's that Rainy Day' and of course 'Singin in the Rain'.

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Sir Michael Parkinson asks the question 'when and how do we decide on the music we love?' this week, as he continues to select his favourite classics from The Great American Songbook. For the jazz loving Knight, it was around nine years old as he turned the radio dial, trying to tune in to the American Forces Network broadcasts coming out of Germany. When he did, what he found there started a life-long love affair with music of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra - and it's these four artists that dominate tonight's edition'.

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Sir Michael Parkinson asks the question 'when and how do we decide on the music we love?' this week, as he continues to select his favourite classics from The Great American Songbook. For the jazz loving Knight, it was around nine years old as he turned the radio dial, trying to tune in to the American Forces Network broadcasts coming out of Germany. When he did, what he found there started a life-long love affair with music of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra - and it's these four artists that dominate tonight's edition'.

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..My Favourite Things: Sir Michael Parkinson discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers. 6/13.

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My Favourite Things: Sir Michael Parkinson discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers. 6/13.

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Sir Michael Parkinson selects his favourite classic Great American Songbook recordings. Tonight he features the work of arguably the best jazz singer of them all Anita O'Day. He also features the big bands of Woody Herman and Big 18, the vocalists Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan and remembers interviewing the great Duke Ellington.

My Favourite Things: Sir Michael Parkinson discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers. 7/13.

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Sir Michael Parkinson selects his favourite classic Great American Songbook recordings. Tonight he features the work of arguably the best jazz singer of them all Anita O'Day. He also features the big bands of Woody Herman and Big 18, the vocalists Mel Torme and Sarah Vaughan and remembers interviewing the great Duke Ellington...

..My Favourite Things: Sir Michael Parkinson discusses the best of songwriters, singers and arrangers. 7/13.

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Sir Michael Parkinson returns for a second series of his favourite things.

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Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the next generation of Great American Songbook singers. They include jazz musicians, like Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum, rock artists like Rod Stewart and Annie Lennox and some surprises including Paul McCartney and 'Family Guy's', Seth MacFarlane. Sir Michael celebrates the fact that the music made famous by the likes of Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald has been handed on to new singers and suggests that the work of songwriters like Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and the Gershwins will continue to be recorded and performed for all time.

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Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the next generation of Great American Songbook singers. They include jazz musicians, like Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum, rock artists like Rod Stewart and Annie Lennox and some surprises including Paul McCartney and 'Family Guy's', Seth MacFarlane. Sir Michael celebrates the fact that the music made famous by the likes of Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald has been handed on to new singers and suggests that the work of songwriters like Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and the Gershwins will continue to be recorded and performed for all time.

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Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the next generation of Great American Songbook singers. They include jazz musicians, like Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum, rock artists like Rod Stewart and Annie Lennox and some surprises including Paul McCartney and 'Family Guy's', Seth MacFarlane. Sir Michael celebrates the fact that the music made famous by the likes of Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald has been handed on to new singers and suggests that the work of songwriters like Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and the Gershwins will continue to be recorded and performed for all time...

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On this week's 'My Favourite Things', Sir Michael Parkinson looks at what happens when two great soloists get together in the studio to record a duet. The records include some of the classics recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, but also pop stars Simon and Garfunkel, jazz legends Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane and new collaborations like Michael Buble and Boyz II Men.

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On this week's 'My Favourite Things', Sir Michael Parkinson looks at what happens when two great soloists get together in the studio to record a duet. The records include some of the classics recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, but also pop stars Simon and Garfunkel, jazz legends Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane and new collaborations like Michael Buble and Boyz II Men -

On this week's 'My Favourite Things', Sir Michael Parkinson looks at what happens when two great soloists get together in the studio to record a duet. The records include some of the classics recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Louis Armsrong and Ella Fitzgerald, but also pop stars Simon and Garfunkel, jazz legends Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane and new collaborations like Michael Buble and Boyz II Men.

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Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the exceptional Dorothy Fields, one of only three women to majorly contribute lyrics for the Great American Songbook. She wrote with some notable composers including Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz. Her songs are among the best known of all time. 'I Can't Give you Anything But Love', 'The Sunny Side of the Street', 'The Way You Look Tonight' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among them. Her career spanned the decades. Her first big hit 'Sunny Side of the Street was written in 1930, while one of her last - 'Big Spender', written for 'Sweet Charity' with Cy Coleman - was written in 1968.

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Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the exceptional Dorothy Fields, one of only three women to majorly contribute lyrics for the Great American Songbook. She wrote with some notable composers including Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz. Her songs are among the best known of all time. 'I Can't Give you Anything But Love', 'The Sunny Side of the Street', 'The Way You Look Tonight' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among them. Her career spanned the decades. Her first big hit 'Sunny Side of the Street was written in 1930, while one of her last - 'Big Spender', written for 'Sweet Charity' with Cy Coleman - was written in 1968.

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Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the exceptional Dorothy Fields, one of only three women to majorly contribute lyrics for the Great American Songbook. She wrote with some notable composers including Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Arlen and Arthur Schwartz. Her songs are among the best known of all time. 'I Can't Give you Anything But Love', 'The Sunny Side of the Street', 'The Way You Look Tonight' and 'Pick Yourself Up' among them. Her career spanned the decades. Her first big hit 'Sunny Side of the Street was written in 1930, while one of her last - 'Big Spender', written for 'Sweet Charity' with Cy Coleman - was written in 1968...

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Sir Michael Parkinson plays some of the most famous recordings of all time, including Sinatra's 'Fly Me To the Moon', Mel Torme's 'Too Close For Comfort' and Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' and concentrates on the people who put together the orchestrations. As Quincy Jones said about song arranging, 'My instruments are the singers, the songs, and the musicians. It's like weaving a wonderful tapestry of sound'.

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Sir Michael Parkinson plays some of the most famous recordings of all time, including Sinatra's 'Fly Me To the Moon', Mel Torme's 'Too Close For Comfort' and Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' and concentrates on the people who put together the orchestrations. As Quincy Jones said about song arranging, 'My instruments are the singers, the songs, and the musicians. It's like weaving a wonderful tapestry of sound'.

2013061820140624

Sir Michael Parkinson plays some of the most famous recordings of all time, including Sinatra's 'Fly Me To the Moon', Mel Torme's 'Too Close For Comfort' and Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' and concentrates on the people who put together the orchestrations. As Quincy Jones said about song arranging, 'My instruments are the singers, the songs, and the musicians. It's like weaving a wonderful tapestry of sound'...

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents the final part in this series of My Favourite Things.

Sir Michael Parkinson closes the current series of 'My Favourite Things' with a programme dedicated to forgotten masters. Among them Vic Damone, Carmen McRae, Jimmy Rushing, Blossom Dearie, Bobby Darin & Lena Horne. He also features the songwriter Harry Woods, who wrote the perennial and permanently cheerful songs, 'When the Red Red Robin' and 'I'm Looking Over a Four Leafed Clover', but also composed songs of great sensitivity including 'Try A Little Tenderness', which became a huge hit for Bing Crosby.

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Sir Michael Parkinson closes the current series of 'My Favourite Things' with a programme dedicated to forgotten masters. Among them Vic Damone, Carmen McRae, Jimmy Rushing, Blossom Dearie, Bobby Darin & Lena Horne. He also features the songwriter Harry Woods, who wrote the perennial and permanently cheerful songs, 'When the Red Red Robin' and 'I'm Looking Over a Four Leafed Clover', but also composed songs of great sensitivity including 'Try A Little Tenderness', which became a huge hit for Bing Crosby

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Sir Michael Parkinson closes the current series of 'My Favourite Things' with a programme dedicated to forgotten masters. Among them Vic Damone, Carmen McRae, Jimmy Rushing, Blossom Dearie, Bobby Darin and Lena Horne. He also features the songwriter Harry Woods, who wrote the perennial and permanently cheerful songs, 'When the Red Red Robin' and 'I'm Looking Over a Four Leafed Clover', but also composed songs of great sensitivity including 'Try A Little Tenderness', which became a huge hit for Bing Crosby.

Sir Michael Parkinson presents the final part in this series of My Favourite Things.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's featured artists include Alan Bergman, Julian Marc Stringle and Roberta Flack.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's performers include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jacqui Dankworth and Stacey Kent.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

08/08/201120120325

Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's performers include Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jacqui Dankworth and Stacey Kent.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's show features compositions from John Barry, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jelly Roll Morton, while the singers include Billie Holiday, Buddy Greco and Hugh Laurie.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance.

In the final episode, Michael Parkinson celebrates the compositions of Irving Berlin.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance.

In the final episode, Michael Parkinson celebrates the compositions of Irving Berlin.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. The featured artists include Paul Simon, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls and Blossom Dearie.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's featured performers include Hoagy Carmichael, Fred Astaire, Gregory Porter and Madeleine Peyroux.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

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Another chance to hear Sir Michael Parkinson's series dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. Over the next thirteen weeks, listeners can look forward to recordings from forgotten masters and musical legends, plus an introduction to the next generation of singers.

Among the featured artists will be those who've charted his life. Michael says: "Louis Armstrong was the man who first ignited my love of jazz. He led me to Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, who introduced me to Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Chet Baker."

"Duke Ellington showed me Count Basie and I graduated to Harry James and Woody Herman. George Shearing's I'll Remember April was the very first jazz piano record I bought. Then came Errol Garner, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson."

"I first saw Ella Fitzgerald at the movies. She played a maid who sang A Tisket A Tasket and transformed even that trifle into a musical event and I was hooked. She wasn't the first to enchant me. Billie Holiday had already broken my heart, and I'd seen Anita O'Day, so I knew a good singer when I heard one."

"It seemed for a while that the stream of great singers had dried up with the all time greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Then along came Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Clare Teal, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum to bring their own sensibility and talent to keeping the tradition alive - and more than that - re-interpreting the classic jazz standards repertoire."

This episode first broadcast in May 2011 and the featured artists include Frank Sinatra, George Shearing, Mel Tormé, Count Basie and Radio 2's own Clare Teal.

Parky plays forgotten masters, musical legends and the next generation of singers.

25/07/201120120311

Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's featured artists include Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang, and Norah Jones.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

25/07/201120120311

Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's featured artists include Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett & k.d. Lang, and Norah Jones.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

27/06/201120120212

Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. The featured artists include Hoagy Carmichael, Dick Haymes and Chet Baker.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

30/05/201120120115

Sir Michael Parkinson presents My Favourite Things, a programme dedicated to the very best in songwriting and performance. This week's featured artists include Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie and John Dankworth.

Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the very best in songwriting and performance.

Jimmy Van Heusen20130521

Sir Michael Parkinson returns for a second series of his favourite things.

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Sir Michael Parkinson remembers the great songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Together they wrote an astonishing catalogue of songs - Sinatra recorded 76 of them! Cahn and Van Heusen won three academy awards for 'All the Way', 'Call Me Irresponsible' and 'High Hopes'. Cahn won a further one for 'Three Coins in the Fountain' in all Cahn's songs were nominated 23 times...

Apart from Sinatra, their songs were sort out and recorded by the cream of American singers including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye.

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Sir Michael Parkinson remembers the great songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Together they wrote an astonishing catalogue of songs - Sinatra recorded 76 of them! Cahn and Van Heusen won three academy awards for 'All the Way', 'Call Me Irresponsible' and 'High Hopes'. Cahn won a further one for 'Three Coins in the Fountain' in all Cahn's songs were nominated 23 times...

Apart from Sinatra, their songs were sort out and recorded by the cream of American singers including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye...

Sir Michael Parkinson returns for a second series of his favourite things.

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Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the weather - and rain in particular - as the inspiration for song writers. Among the lyrics he celebrates are those to 'Come Rain Come Shine', 'Fire and Rain' 'Stormy Weather', 'Here's that Rainy Day' and of course 'Singin in the Rain'.