Easy To Remember — The Great American Songwriters

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 27 September, 2014

Today we’re featuring songs from the Great American Songbook — with music by writers including Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Kern, Carmichael, Porter and many more.

Join us as we take a trip back to recall the Great American Songwriters and their songs — inspired by William Zinsser’s marvellous book Easy To Remember.

In particular, listen out for three modern performers you might not immediately associate with this material: British singer‐songwriter and pianist Peter Skellern, noted for the enormous arrangements on his recordings (often including at least one if not all of brass band, choir and orchestra); UK ELO rocker and star producer Jeff Lynne, whose album Long Wave revisits many of the songs that were an influence in his childhood; and American singer‐songwriter Harry Nilsson, singing with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins  in sessions produced by Derek Taylor.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are tuning in from Canada or the United States, please click here. Otherwise, click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. You can also listen to this programme in high‐quality HE‐AAC here.


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