Russell Davies

Russell Davies presents the song Show, celebrating the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

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Russell Davies presents the song Show, celebrating the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

Russell Davies celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

A bunch of new CDs from the Arbors company get the programme off to a good start this week with brand-new versions of classic songs and a rarity by a formidable team of writers (Ira Gerswhin, Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg).

We then settle in to celebrating the big centenary of this week - that of pianist Lou Busch whose alter ego was honky-tonk pianist Joe "Fingers" Carr.

One track has Russell wondering about the use of "Napoleon" in song and we close with a nod to Roc Hillman, writer of My Devotion whose centenary falls on this day.

Russell Davies celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

The results of meetings on a recent trip to The States with a variety of musicians, singers and composers are the catalyst for much of this week's programme.

Songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, for instance, who wrote the opening number for Peggy Lee.

Mike told Russell about having been on board the SS Andrea Doria when it collided with another ship, a disaster in which Cary Grant's wife Betsy Drake was also involved.

Then Russell remembers pianist Hank Jones, before a return to people he met: veteran singer Louise Tobin, Chicago veteran Ernie Andrews and Jazzology president George H Buck.

The show that celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

Celebrating the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

Russell explores the American Indian tradition in music and plays obscure comedy recordings by Midge Williams and Spike Jones.

Russell explores the American Indian tradition in music.

Remembering the American singer Blossom Dearie, who died earlier this month.

Remembering the American singer Blossom Dearie, who died in February 2009.

Russell celebrates the centenary of Danish entertainer Victor Borge.

Russell celebrates the centenary of Danish entertainer Victor Borge, who was born on 3rd January 1909.

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Next in series: 04 January 1998

Previous in series: 18 August 1991

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25 Aug 1991 14:02-15:00 (RADIO 2)

Recorded on 1991-06-10.

Next in series: 25 August 1991

Previous in series: 04 September 1988

18 Aug 1991 14:02-15:00 (RADIO 2)

Recorded on 1991-05-24.

Russell is joined by singer, songwriter and musician Neil Sedaka.

Russell Davies examines the career of songwriter Jule Styne, whose birth centenary fell yesterday.

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Radio 2.

Russell talks to enigmatic singing star Madeleine Peyroux about her new album.

Russell speaks to lyricist Hal David.