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: Sarah Kennedy

: Ken Bruce

: Jeremy Vine


: Steve Wright

: Chris Evans

: Desmond Carrington

Easy-listening golden oldies.

: Nigel Ogden

With The Organist Entertains.

: Living in Harmony

3/6. Russell Davies explores the ancient art of close-harmony singing in its many variations, including barbershop, jazz, gospel and doo-wop as sung by sacred, commercial, amateur and professional groups (including church choirs, Welsh male voice choirs, session singers and backing vocalists). See also the following programme.


Unknown: Russell Davies

: Street Corner Soul

2/4. Another chance to hear
Ronettes star Ronnie Spector 's look at the legacy of doo-wop - the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia. The story continues with the rise of vocal groups following the successes of the Ravens and the Orioles. These acts were shut out by major record companies that wouldn't touch "race music", so future high-profile groups such as the Five Keys, the Dominoes and the Clovers initially recorded on independent labels and relied on maverick DJ Alan Freed for airplay. The series hears input from the artists and hustlers responsible for doo-wop.


Unknown: Ronnie Spector

: Janice Long

: Alex Lester

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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