Clare Teal presents the first of two tribute programmes to conductor and arranger Steve Gray , a vital contributor to the BBC Big Band library who died last month.
Performing Gray's music are the BBC Big Band with Georgie Fame , Jamie Cullum and Cleveland Watkiss.
2/4. Clarke Peters profiles singer and saxophonist Louis Jordan
(1908-75), whose feel-good jump-jive sound (with the band Tympany Five) is credited with bridging the gap between minstrel show and rock 'n' roll, between swing and R&B. This edition explores his emergence as a superstar and looks at how early rock 'n' roll acts covered songs made popular by Jordan and the Tympany Five 20 years earlier.
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.
Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and
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programmes, online etc.
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