Good stuff on the BBC

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 5, 2008

I have to admit a positive BBC bias.  Despite all the nonsense and the justifiable criticism, our license fee is an absolute bargain for what we receive.  Ignoring the ever enjoyable Later and Paul Jones’ Radio 2 show, often there are musical treasures to enjoy.

This week for example….

Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – The Louis Jordan Story

Radio 2: Mondays: 6 – 27 October 2008 2330 – 0000

Writer Clarke Peters presents this fascinating four part series about one of the most extrovert characters in show business history.

With his yard-wide smile, rousing vocals and searing alto saxophone, Louis Jordan was the bridge from the minstrel show to rock and roll, influencing performers including Ray Charles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bill Haley.

Pacey, fast moving and packed with humour, the series is just like a Jordan performance, featuring classics like Saturday Night Fish Fry, Outskirts of Town, Caldonia, and Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.

Imagine – The Story of the Guitar

BBC 1: Sundays 05 – 19 October  22:20

Alan Yentob embarks on a three-part personal journey to discover how the guitar became the world’s favourite musical instrument.



October 5th, 2008 at 18:09
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Cheers for the tip-off about the Louis Jordan Story, Ken. Sounds top-notch stuff and I will certainly be lending an ear to the wireless tomorrow night. Incidentally, Duke Robillard performed a cracking tribute to Mr Jordan at this year’s Chicago Blues Fest.

Off to the George & Dragon in Cheadle in a couple of hours time to see The mighty, mighty Harpbreakers and have a beer with my old mate Nigel.



October 6th, 2008 at 09:56
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Yes, thanks for the tip off Ken, I look forward to that Louis Jordan story,