Friday 19 April 2024

Series 27, Prog 13

THE HAROLD ADAMSON SONG BOOK

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

Everything I Have Is Yours - Billie Holiday: Billie Holiday
Daybreak - Frank Sinatra: I Remember Tommy
An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair) - Nat King Cole: Sings the Great Songs!
The Little Things That Mean So Much - Carmen McRae: After Glow
It’s a Most Unusual Day - June Christy: Gone for the Day
Moonlight Mood - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra
Around the World - Steve Lawrence: Winners
You’re a Sweetheart - Dinah Washington: In Love
Time On My Hands (You in My Arms) - Mark Murphy: I’ll Close My Eyes
You - Teri Thornton: Sings the Open Highway
A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening - Ernestine Anderson: A Song for You
I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night - Frank Sinatra: Close to You
Winter Moon - Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough & Dick Sudhalter: Hoagy's Children: Songs of Hoagy Carmichael (Vol 2)
My Resistance Is Low - Hoagy Carmichael & Jane Russell: The Las Vegas Story (Soundtrack)
When Love Goes Wrong - Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Soundtrack)
Too Young to Go Steady - Kurt Elling: This Time It’s Love
It’s a Wonderful World - Peggy Lee: Big Spender

Harold Adamson 
(December 10, 1906 - August 17, 1980)





Thursday 11 April 2024

Series 27, Prog 12

BEAUTY

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

Oooh! Look-a-There, Ain't She Pretty - Jimmy Rushing: Five Feet of Soul
Came So Far for Beauty - Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat
Finding Beauty - Ann Hampton Callaway: At Last
I Feel Pretty - Annie Ross & Gerry Mulligan: Annie Ross Sings a Song with Mulligan
The Beautiful Strangers - Frank Sinatra: A Man Alone
Still We Dream (Ugly Beauty) - Carmen McRae: Carmen Sings Monk
Beautiful - Barbra Streisand: Barbra Joan Streisand
The Bad and the Beautiful - June Christy: Off Beat
I Ain’t Mad at You, Pretty Baby - Jimmy Witherspoon: Hey, Mrs Jones
Pretty Eyes - Peggy Lee: Pretty Eyes
The Lies of Handsome Men - Margaret Whiting: Then and Now
(The End of) A Beautiful Friendship - Nat King Cole & George Shearing: Nat King Cole Sings - George Shearing Quintet Plays
Oh, Pretty Woman - Sharleen Spiteri: The Movie Song Book
But Beautiful - Elaine Delmar & Brian Dee: But Beautiful
Warm and Beautiful - John Pizzarelli: Midnight McCartney
Beautiful Moons Ago - Carmen McRae: You’re Looking at Me
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - The Hi-Lo’s & Frank Comstock Orchestra: The Hi-Lo’s in Stereo

Photo: Lisa Fotios

Thursday 4 April 2024

Series 27, Prog 11

SOULFUL

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Love Letters - Patti Austin: The Real Me

So Very Hard to Go - Tower of Power: Tower of Power

Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand) - Irma Thomas: Take a Look

What Do You Want the Girl to Do - Lowell George: Thanks I’ll Eat It Here

Unforgettable - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable/A Tribute to Dinah Washington

Ain’t That Peculiar - Martha Reeves: Martha Reeves

For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder: For Once in My Life

Always Be Right - Georgia Cécile: Only the Lover Sings

It Was a Very Good Year - Lou Rawls: Soulin’

To Know You Is to Love You - Thelma Houston & The Pressure Cooker: I’ve Got the Music in Me

Save Me (Ballad) - Alex Briley: single

I Don’t Want to Do Wrong - Esther Phillips: Alone Again, Naturally

Lovely Day - Bill Withers: single

Ain’t No Way - Jean Carne: You’re a Part of Me

Rehab - Amy Winehouse: Back to Black


Image: Magda Ehlers




Thursday 28 March 2024

Series 27, Prog 10

WAITING

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Baby, Baby, Wait for Me - Peggy Lee: single

Wait for It - Lorraine Feather: Flirting with Disaster

Don't Wait Too Long - Frank Sinatra: September of My Years

Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux: Careless Love

I Just Can’t Wait to See You - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba’s

Wait Until Dark - Mel Tormé: Right Now! (bonus track)

I Will Wait for You - Lena Horne & Michel Legrand: Lena & Michel

I’ll Wait - Dinah Washington: Dinah Washington Story

Wait Till You See Her - Tony Romano: A Moonlight Affair

I’m Waitin’ for the Junkman - Ella Fitzgerald & Sy Oliver: 78rpm single

Heaven Can Wait - Horse McDonald: Coming Up for Air

Should I Wait (Or Should I Return to Her) - Johnny Mathis: I’ll Buy You a Star

Waitin' for Charlie (to Come Home) - Nancy Wilson: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Heaven Can Wait - Barbara Lea: Barbara Lea Sings Jimmy Van Heusen (Leacock Does Babcock)

September Song - Nat King Cole & George Shearing: Nat King Cole Sings - George Shearing Quintet Plays

I Wait for Late Afternoon and You - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix

Waitin’ for the Robert E Lee - Dean Martin: Swingin’ Down Yonder


Photo: Lukas Hartmann




Thursday 21 March 2024

Series 27, Prog 9

THE JULE STYNE SONG BOOK

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

Don’t Rain on My Parade - Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag
I Don’t Want to Walk Without You - Anne Phillips: Born to Be Blue
People - Earl Coleman & Billy Taylor: Love Songs
The Music That Makes Me Dance - Carmen McRae: Second to None
Sunday - Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy
Three Coins in the Fountain - Frank Sinatra: This Is Sinatra!
Time After Time - Claire Martin: Too Much in Love to Care
I Said No - Ella Fitzgerald: Whisper Not
I Fall in Love Too Easily - Anita O’Day: Anita
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend - Julie London: The Best of Julie London
I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry - Mark Murphy: Meet Mark Murphy - The Singing “M"
It’s You or No One - Frank D’Rone & Bill May & His Orchestra: After the Ball
Small World Isn’t It - Nancy Wilson: Live from Las Vegas
Together (Wherever We Go) - Peggy Lee: Olé ala Lee!
All I Need Is the Girl - Mel Tormé: Swings Shubert Alley
It’s Magic - Keely Smith: Swingin’ Pretty
The Party’s Over - Al Hibbler: Sings the Blues/Monday and Every Day
I’ve Heard That Song Before - Harry James & His Orchestra Featuring Helen Forrest: 78rpm single

Jule Styne
(December 31, 1905 – September 20, 1994)






Thursday 14 March 2024

Series 27, Prog 8

PATERNAL INFLUENCES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Papa Loves Mambo - Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole Sings… (EP)

Fine Fat Daddy - Dinah Washington: Sings Bessie Smith

My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Loves Cole

Father of Girls - Perry Como: In Person (at the International Hotel, Las Vegas)

Shack Daddy - Betty Jean Morris: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller

Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar - Woody Herman: The Many Faces of Boogie Woogie

Poppa Don’t Preach to Me - Lena Horne: Lena Sings Your Requests

Wailin’ Daddy - Mabel Scott: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller

Cool Kind of Papa (Good Kind Daddy) - Mildred Anderson & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis: Person to Person

Goodbye, Daddy, Goodbye - Barbara Dane: On My Way

Aggravatin' Papa (Don’t You Try to Two-Time Me) - Pearl Bailey: More Songs for Adults Only

Jet Propelled Papa - Helen Humes: Today I Sing the Blues

Daddy - Della Reese: Della Cha Cha Cha

A Piece of Sky - Barbra Streisand: Yentl (Soundtrack)

Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better - Fats Domino: Fats Is Back

Salty Papa Blues - Dinah Washington: The Best in Blues

My Father - Nina Simone: Baltimore

My Daddy Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll) - Mae West: The Fabulous Mae West


Photo: Dan Gold



Thursday 7 March 2024

Series 27, Prog 7

THE GOOD EARTH

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Mississippi Mud - Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road

This Bitter Earth - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)

Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield - Lou Rawls: You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

La Gadoue - Jane Birkin: Birkin/Gainsbourg/Le Symphonique

Magic Garden - Johnny Mathis: I’ll Buy You a Star

Fields of Gold - Barb Jungr & John McDaniel: Float Like a Butterfly/The Songs of Sting

Muddy Water - Jimmy Rushing: Jimmy Rushing and the Smith Girls

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Ethel Ennis: My Kind of Waltztime

Cotton Fields - The Hi-Lo’s: The Hi-Lo’s Happen to Folk Songs

The Fields of St Etienne - Mary Hopkin: Those Were the Days

Greenfields - The Four Freshmen: Stars in Our Eyes

Abandoned Garden - Salena Jones: Salena Sings Jobim with the Jobims

The Garden of Eden - Frankie Vaughan: single

Down By the Sally Gardens - Clare Teal: Hey Ho

Plant Your Garden - Big Joe Turner: Life Ain’t Easy

A Garden in the Rain - Sarah Vaughan: The Explosive Side of Sarah Vaughan (The Benny Carter Sessions)


Photo: Tom Fisk



Thursday 29 February 2024

Series 27, Prog 6

THE BETTY COMDEN-ADOLPH GREEN SONG BOOK

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

Just in Time - Mel Tormé: Swings Shubert Alley
I Like Myself - Blossom Dearie: Sings Comden & Green
Hold Me, Hold Me, Hold Me - Blossom Dearie: Sings Comden & Green
How Will He Know - Blossom Dearie: Sings Comden & Green
Lonely Town - Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?
The Right Girl for Me - Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years (1942- 1952) Vol 9
Never Never Land - Carol Sloane: Live at 30th Street
So Far, So Good - Peggy Lee: The Lost ‘40s and ’50s Capitol Masters
Dance Only with Me - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee
Lucky to Be Me - Georgia Cécile & Fraser Urquhart: Sure of You
Do It Yourself - The Skip-Jacks: Sweet, Hot and Blue
I Know About Love - June Christy: Do Re Mi
Now - Lena Horne: Here’s Lena Now!
Some Other Time - Ernestine Anderson & George Shearing: A Perfect Match
It’s Love - Carmen McRae: Something to Swing About
Make Someone Happy - Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill: San Francisco
Lone Before I Knew You - Carmen McRae: Something Wonderful
The Party’s Over - Nat King Cole: Just One of Those Things

Betty Comden (May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006) 
& Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) 



Thursday 22 February 2024

Series 27, Prog 5

NOBODY

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

I Ain’t Got Nobody - Rosemary Clooney & Nelson Riddle: Rosie Solves the Swingin’ Riddle!
Nobody Cares - Ray Charles: The Genius Sings the Blues
Nobody Does It Like Me - Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft/The Songs of Cy Coleman
Nobody in Mind - Big Joe Turner: Nobody in Mind
I’m Nobody’s Baby - Annie Ross & Zoot Sims: A Gasser!
Nobody Home - Johnny Hartman: Once in Every Life
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon: The Spy Who Loved Me (Soundtrack)
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen - Louis Armstrong: Louis and the Good Book
Nobody Like My Baby - Ann Richards & Stan Kenton: Two Much!
Nobody’s Chasin’ Me - Pearl Bailey: More Songs for Adults Only
’Tain’t Nobody’s Business - Jimmy Rushing: Five Feet of Soul
Nobody Home But the Blues - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Lady Lonely
Nobody’s Sweetheart - Cab Calloway: 78rpm single
I Don’t Want Nothin’ from Nobody - Carmen McRae & The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: November Girl
Nobody Wins - Frank Sinatra: Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back
Nobody Else But Me - Irene Kral: Second Chance
You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Loves You - Dinah Washington: Dinah ’62

Photo: Skylar Kang


Thursday 15 February 2024

Series 27, Prog 4

SERENADE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Serenade - Barbara Long: Soul

A Blues Serenade - Jimmy Witherspoon: ‘Spoon

Charade - Kat Edmonson: Take to the Sky

The Lamplighter’s Serenade - The Four Freshmen: Stars In Our Eyes (Sing Tributes to Great Songs and to the Outstanding Vocal Groups that Originally Recorded Them)

Manhattan Serenade - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra featuring Jo Stafford: The Essence of Tommy Dorsey

Autumn Serenade - Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane: John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

Moonlight Serenade - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra

Penthouse Serenade (When We’re Alone) - Dolores Grey: Warm Brandy

Donkey Serenade - Perry Como: Como Swings

Serenade in Blue - Ethel Ennis: Have You Forgotten?

Home in Hawaii (King’s Serenade) - Bing Crosby: Return to Paradise

Sunrise Serenade - The Modernaires: Sing the Great Glenn Miller Instrumentals

Serenade - Della Reese: Classic Della

Soul Serenade - Lou Rawls: I Can’t Make It Alone/The Axelrod Years

Ferry Boat Serenade - The Andrews Sisters: In Hi-Fi

Sleepy Serenade - The Andrews Sisters: 78rpm single

This Is My Song - Frank Sinatra: The World We Knew

The Hut Sut Song (A Swedish Serenade) - Mel Tormé: Musical Sounds are the Best Songs


Photo: Méline Waxx



Thursday 8 February 2024

Series 27, Prog 3

IT’S IN THE GENES! - CELEBRATING GENE DE PAUL & GENE LEES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com


Cow-Cow Boogie - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge 3

Afterthoughts - Nancy Wilson: single

Spring, Spring, Spring - Johnny Mercer: Sings Just for Fun

Cocoanuts - Mavis Rivers: Swing Along with Mavis Rivers

You Don’t Know What Love Is - Dick Haymes: Moondreams

I’ll Remember April - Cleo Laine: The April Age

Irresistible You - June Christy: Fair and Warmer

He’s My Guy - Nancy Wilson: Something Wonderful

Lonesome Polecat - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind

Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington: Golden Hits (Vol2 )

Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - Stan Getz & João Gilberto & Astrid Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto

Song Of The Jet (Samba Do Avião) - Salena Jones: Salena Sings Jobim with the Jobims

Yesterday I Heard The Rain (Esta Tarde Vi Llover) - Tony Bennett: Yesterday I Heard The Rain

Desifinado - Gene Lees: Bridges/Gene Lees Sings The Gene Lees Song Book (bonus track)

Desifinado - Ella Fitzgerald: single

Bridges - Andy Bey: Tuesdays in Chinatown

Waltz for Debby - Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!

Someone To Light Up My Life (Se Todos Fossem Iquais a Voce) - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Company


Gene de Paul (June 17, 1919 - February 27, 1988)






























Gene Lees (February 8, 1928 - April 22, 2010)