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.