Mark Lamarr recalls the unconventional life of singer, songwriter and actor
Dean Reed. Sometimes dubbed the Red Elvis or the communist Johnny Cash, the teen-idol-looking Reed was virtually unknown in his native America. But following moves to Chile, Argentina, Italy (where he starred in numerous spaghetti westerns) and finally East Germany, he became one of the Soviet bloc's biggest stars. Reed was found dead in an East Berlin lake in 1986, aged 47, in what appeared to be a suicide. Contributors include Stefan Ernsting, author of Der Rote Elvis (The Red Elvis), American defector Victor Grossman, biographer Chuck Laszewski and journalist Russell Miller. Plus archive input from Dean Reed and Phil Everly.
1/4. Petula Clark profiles legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf (born Edith Giovanna Gassion ), who died of cancer in 1963, aged 47, following a career marked by dramatically soaring performances, among them the genre-defining classics La Vie en Rose, Milord and, perhaps most iconically, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. Featuring rare archive material and interviews. The series first aired in April 2005.
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