American singer and pianist Michael Feinstein presents a new nine-part series on both legendary and lesser-known songwriters. Today he looks at Jimmy McHugh , among whose many lyricists was the love of his life Dorothy Fields. Contributors include Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters and June Christy.
Producer Mark Rowles
The man who made the music and the woman who wrote the words: Jimmy McHugh with lyricist Dorothy Fields
The Michael Feinstein Songbook 7.00pm R2
Michael Feinstein is the Michael Parkinson of Radio 2 music programmes: he has interviewed just about anyone worth knowing, living or dead, who has ever written a handful of decent songs. I dare say there are songwriting schools across America whose graduates are on Feinstein's waiting list. This is the start of the fifth series of Songbook and it is always good value, not least because it mixes big names from the past with big names from the present- this is by no means one of those down-memory-lane shows. The new series ranges from Irving Berlin to Carole Bayer Sager. Feinstein starts tonight with Jimmy McHugh, who wrote On the Sunny Side of the Street and I Can't Give You Anything but Love, among many other hits.
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