2/3. Paul Gambaccini celebrates the career of easy-listening superstar Johnny Mathis , who pierced the rock 'n' roll airwaves of the late 50s with a run of smooth and creamy ballads, most notably Wonderful! Wonderful!, It's Not for Me to Say, Chances Are and Misty. Augmented by an in-depth interview with the singer, the story continues into the 60s and 70s, when Mathis had few hit 45s but developed his popular stage act. Plus a look at his 1973 work with "Philly sound" producer Thorn Bell and his 1976 UK Christmas number one When a Child Is Born (Soleado).
Aled Jones presents highlights of the year's shows, featuring soprano Amanda Roocroft. violinist Nicola Benedetti , cellist Julian Lloyd
Webber and, from the pop world, Tony Hadley , Joe Brown , Chris de Burgh , Cara Dillon and others.
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