Easy To Remember — The Great American Songwriters

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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