6/10. Johnnie Walker continues a survey of previously aired profiles of iconic pop stars with Cilla Black's tackling of the uncool image of UK chart king Cliff Richard, who, despite phenomenal success, tends to be regarded critically only for his 1958 debut hit Move It!, the 1962 Shadows collaboration The Young Ones, and a handful of 70s-comeback 45s. This 2006 programme features input from the "Peter Pan of pop", who discusses the secret of his enduring success and his debt to certain record producers. (Revised rpt)
2/4. Tex-Mex-influenced country balladeer Tom Russell explores the links between American cowboy culture and the "cowboy song", from early folk songs of the plains to the first real cowboy recordings. Citing contemporary USA as "bland, boring, one big strip mall", Russell searches for the last cowboys.
Tonight he looks at the impact of Hollywood on the cowboy and his music, with discs by contrasting singing-cowboy stars Gene Autry and Tex Ritter.
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