New series 1/4. Four highly opinionated pop observers - Fi Glover, Charles Hazlewood, David Hepworth and Paul Morley - commentate on aspects of the genre. The series kicks off with Fi Glover, who sets out to determine the inexplicable appeal of the power ballad, a peculiarly North American invention that continues to have an undeniable pull with the record-buying public while inducing bile in those who prefer their ballads less syrupy and overblown. Tim Rice, Lionel Richie and Chris De Burgh are among the contributors.
Producers Tom Fenner and Paul Rodgers
2/6. George Melly reassesses the legacy of Bessie Smith , the hugely influential blues and jazz singer whose 1920s and 30s recordings - from St Louis Blues to Empty Bed Blues and Alexander's Ragtime Band- remain potent and stirring classics.
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