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: Sarah Kennedy

: Ken Bruce

: Jeremy Vine


: Steve Wright

: Chris Evans

: Nigel Ogden

With The Organist Entertains.

: Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie

Tonight's broadcast shifts from Manchester to London's Grosvenor House Hotel for live coverage of the Mercury Music Prize.

(Stuart Maconie on the Mercury Music Prize: page 27)


DJ: Stuart Maconie
DJ: Mark Radcliffe

: Living in Harmony

4/6. Russell Davies explores the ancient art of close-harmony singing, including barbershop, jazz, gospel and doo-wop. See also the following programme.


Unknown: Russell Davies

: Street Corner Soul

3/4. Another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector presenting a history of doo-wop - the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the urban streets of East Coast America. The story shifts to the mid-1950s, when doo-wop possibly reached its creative peak, with weekly releases of vocal-group records numbering in the hundreds. Among the era's top hi-fi serenaders were the Penguins (Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)) and the Five Satins (In the Still of the Nite), with the Cadillacs (Speedoo) picking up the tempo. As doo-wop took root in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, the mainstream music industry moved in for a slice of the action.


Unknown: Ronnie Spector

: Janice Long

: Alex Lester

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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.

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