Michael Parkinson: My Favourite Things




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 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 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'.