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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:28 am

David Cassidy: The Last Session
In 2017, David decided to record an album in tribute to his father, Jack. His battles with dementia turned out (he said) to be more down to alcohol poisoning. But his constant pain worked against him, and he finally died a year ago. But his final EP did get finished.
There were 2 stories here: Publicist Elliot Mintz conducted recorded interview sessions with him around 1976, and some of this audio was used here.
The other facet was his troubled relationship with his father. David had been the child from Jack's first marriage, but Jack remarried. When David became as big a star as his father, he hoped for a proper connection, but it never came as his father died in 1976 in a house fire. Also, Jack clearly saw him as an embarrassment, not something to be proud of. The Partridge story had overtones of the Monkees, and with similar troubled results.

Radio 2 In Concert: Emeli Sande
With her parents down from Aberdeen in attendance, Emeli did stuff from her 2 albums, with some previews for her next album due out next year. I'm surprised she isn't a bigger star already. Maybe that 3rd album will do it.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:53 am

Our Classical Century: A New Dawn
Suzy Klein looks at the period between WW1 and WW2, and such classical music gems as Holst's Planet Suite and Vaughn Williams' Lark Ascending. They included Hubert Parry's Jerusalem too, to really ram home points I've seen in recent docs. Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue were also looked at, as well as the building of Abbey Road, and developments like microphones and radio. Lenny Henry helped tell some of the stories.

Music Icons: James Taylor
He had mental health issues early on, and later struggles with drug addictions. He had a short-lived run on Apple Records, but made bigger in-roads as a singer-songwriter. He worked with Carole King and married Carly Simon. He lived in the same apartment block in New York as John Lennon, and met Mark Chapman the day before the fatal shooting. 

The Proclaimers - This Is The Story
David Tennant interviews the Scottish duo about their career. They befriended Kevin Rowland (of Dexys Midnight Runners) and sent a demo tape to Paul Heaton (then of the Housemartins). They had a record remixed by Gerry Rafferty, and a publishing deal with Bill Drummond (the KLF). So they made good contacts. But they had good songs and a good recording ethic too. Apart from a hiatus to raise kids, they've kept touring and recording ever since.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:31 am

Legends of Opera: Jessye Norman
Born in Georgia, she started singing in church, and led on to opera. She won a scholarship, and became a success singing in Berlin. Then she went on to La Scala, Covent Garden and then New York. Her repertoire tended to be Franco-German rather than Italian. She sang for US Presidents like Reagan and Clinton. She renewed ties with Berlin when the wall fell in 1990. She sang at the 1996 Olympics in Georgia. She scaled back her career and set up her own art school.

Belladrum 2018 - The 101
A short performance of Cliché, which was good enough.

Music Icons: Jefferson Airplane
They developed a reputation for psychedelia and the counter-culture. They got namechecked by Donovan in the mid-60s. A few line-up changes led to their best-known members like Grace Slick. White Rabbit and Someone To Love are their best-known songs. They played Monterey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont. Factional problems led to the group dissolving. They opposed the Vietnam War. They made it to the R&R Hof In 1996.

Rebecca Ferguson - In Concert at Baloise Session 2015
She was pushing an album of classic covers, Lady Sings The Blues, which comprised the majority of this gig, though she saved her own hits for the final section.

Belladrum 2018 - Amy McDonald
The Scottish songstress gave a short turn of Down By Water.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:05 am

Stevie Wonder - A Musical History
The same series as for genres, but with all the guests (and others) talking about one specific artist. Extra voices brought in here included Glenn Gregory, Alexander O'Neal, Martin Freeman and Norman Jay.

MTV World Stage: Nick Jonas
A short burst from some festival at Singapore this August.

Music Icons: Joni Mitchell
Born an only child in Alberta, she was athletic and then quite sickly. She developed songwriting and met David Crosby in California. She peaked around the end of the 1960s with hits like Both Sides Now and Woodstock. She had an affair with James Taylor, then moved from folk to a more jazzy sound. She won Grammys too.

Paul Heaton - From Hull to Heatongrad
Just released a career compilation The Last King of Pop, he spoke about his formative school days and moving around the country. He formed a band Tools Down, and then put the Housemartins together once he connected with Stan Cullimore. Norman Cook, who went on to greater things from there, was a very chatty inclusion. The Beautiful South years were more important for bringing Paul to find Jacqui Abbott, whom he is again working with these days. He owned up to some failings, and made his lack of industry awards seem like a vendetta.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:21 am

Music Icons: Neil Diamond
How a young songwriter honed his craft at the Brill Building, saw the Monkees make gold from his work, then have his own successes. He experimented with African rhythms, and with film soundtracks, and a successful live album. He was synonymous with glittery shirts, and worked with Rick Rubin in the later stage of his career. He rocked Glastonbury in 2008.

MTV World Stage: Alessia Cara
She still seems more likely to be featured on other people's records, but her own are usually good, and she looks good for the long haul.

Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private
Veteran entertainer has his 1st album of new material in 14 years to celebrate the end of 4 tough personal years over police allegations badly reported by the BBC. He lives happily in Portugal. Some of the new songs, like album title track Rise Up, were quite good.

Songs of Praise: Cornish Christmas
Presenter Aled Jones heard from Fishermen's Friends, poet Lemn Sissay, and Cliff Richard, who sang his new Christmas song Miracle of Love.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:57 am

Julian Lennon - Through The Picture Window
This 2013 effort possibly tallied with an album release. He talks mainly in voiceover about his creative process and experience, and hobby of photography. Bono and Steven Tyler also contribute (the latter with mixed flattery). I was amused that Gregory Darling was one of his writing collaborators, as I've heard some of his songs that I liked.

Barbra Streisand - Becoming an Icon 1942-1984
How she fought her way to a singing and acting career, despite critical accusations of talentlessness. Her self-control made her ground-breaking in the 1960s, opening doors for others to follow. She's won awards left, right and centre. She got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. She used her star power to make the personal project of Yentl. Truly, there's no sand like Streisand.

Music Videos That Defined the 2000s
Notably far more from the first half of the decade than the latter. Some were actually innovative and memorable, a few weren't. The influence of YouTube and "going viral" made an impact.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:18 am

Ten Greatest Hip-Hop Videos of All Time
BET did a secret industry poll and got some people I've never heard of to discuss it. Here's the list anyway:
10 This Is America - Childish Gambino
09 Stan - Eminem
08 Stand Up - Ludacris
07 Crossroads - Bone, Thugs N Harmony
06 The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) - Missy Elliott
05 Humble - Kendrick Lamar
04 Been Around The World - Puff Daddy & the Family
03 Touch The Sky - KanYe West
02 California Love - 2pac
01 Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
Well, I wouldn't call that predictable...  Neutral 

The Truth About Carols
What turned out to be a 2008 doc with the ever reliable Howard Goodall relating the struggle to get carols sung at Christmas (St Francis of Assisi got the ball rolling, bizarrely), and how some of them (eg God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen) contained secret political messages. The publication of hymn books and the devising of a set service for Christmas Eve were big helps too.

Belladrum 2018 - Whisky Shivers
Never heard of them, but their song Reckless was OK.

Music Legends We Lost in 2018
Predictable fawning in some cases, brief blinks in many others. Hugh Masekela was probably more significant than Aretha Franklin, but good luck making that argument...
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Post  misery guts on Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:48 am

Aled Jones - Dychwelyd Adre'
This 2016 saw Aled return to his hometown of Bangor to close his One Voice tour, an album project in which the adult Aled duetted, after a fashion, with his childhood self, on unreleased tracks made towards the end of his career before his voice broke. As ever, he's one of the few child stars to have matured into a likeable adult (achieved by dropping out of the spotlight for 15-20 years).

Top of the Pops Christmas
Usual Christmas Day lookback over the year's music, in tune with whoever they could get to come in and play. Happily acts like Jess Glynne, Rita Ora and George Ezra are not too uppity to do that. They also ran down the top 10 of the year, and played the video of the awful Christmas #1.

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones
Oprah Winfrey MC'd this back-slapping, as acts ranging from Stevie Wonder and Patti Austin, all the way down to John Legend and Meghan Trainor, took turns to sing songs associated with the legendary producer. Quincy himself was at least present. A classier closing section saw Gloria Estefan duet with her daughter Emily, and then Gladys Knight brought the curtain down.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:26 am

Suede - The Insatiable Ones
Lengthy and entertaining look back at how lads from Surrey became the first flame of Britpop by mistake. Brett Anderson is more of a latterday Bryan Ferry than the latterday Morrissey he is sometimes painted as. He did two albums before guitarist Bernard Butler left. Richard Oakes became a prodigious replacement, but then Brett got into drugs, and the band split after their 5th album. They reformed 7 years later for a one-off charity gig, and before you know it, they've added another 3 albums (the latest coming earlier in 2018). They seem a lot stronger unit now.

Larry King Now - Itzhak Perlman
Talented violinist talked of starting out in Israel, being intrigued by hearing classical music on the radio. He had polio as a young child, so he sits when conducting. He respects the talent of the young, listens to 50s rock n roll, and likes Brahms, Bach and Mozart. He felt parents should encourage their kids towards classical music at an earlier age than when teenagers. He's touring into 2019, and subject of some PBS doc series American Masters.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:24 am

Big Sean - Live @ Wireless Festival 2018
A bit sweary, but he did at least rattle through the material, even squeezing in his 2017 #1 Feels (although most people would think he was the least memorable part of that track).

Belladrum 2018 - Tide Lines
New to me, they also rattled through their songs, their debut album came out in 2017, and they seem to have a more gaelic/celtic tinge than some.

Carole King & Friends at Christmas
This 2011 effort, held at glamorous, er, Stoke Newington Town Hall, saw Carole rotating with guests The Puppini Sisters, Richard Hawley, The Mummers and  - surprise - Gregory Porter. Again, some familiar standards and some welcome-for-being-less-familiar efforts. Greg did Up On The Roof.

Dreaming Of A Jewish Christmas
The story of how and why some Christmas classics (The Christmas Song, White Christmas, Silver Bells etc) were the work of a group who don't celebrate Christmas in the same way as others. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer was invented to boost sales of a colouring book, whilst Do You Hear What I Hear? was about the Cuban Missile Crisis. So, informative amidst the schmaltz.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:28 am

Top of the Pops New Year
Like the Christmas edition (although screened on the 29th for no good reason - other than maybe Dr Who taking its slot), this was another collection of which acts had bothered to come in to the studio (both shows likely being shot at the same time). Notably, the awful These Days turned up on both shows, which is a bit careless. There were features on the number of film musicals, and looking ahead to 2019, but not for long. They tacked on Ava Max's video which was a convenient #1 ending.

Manran @ Barrowland
Backed by Trail West, the Manran mob had the Glasgow crowd happy.

Pendevig o'r 'Steddfod
More celtic antics, a longer concert here from a lively and tuneful lot.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:28 am

New Year's Day Concert from Vienna 2019
2 and a half fun-packed (!) hours with works by multiple members of the Strauss family, and one or two from others. Entertaining background music, though.

J Cole Live @ Wireless Festival 2018
Boring, but could have been worse. I muddle him up with MJ Cole, who was around in the 90s, and about the same interest value.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:15 am

Paul Weller - Live at the Royal Albert Hall - May Love Travel With You
He's really plugging this latest, acoustic album. Here he worked with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, under the guidance of Hannah Peel. Lucy Rose helped out on vocals, which is a good rub for her.

Ken Dodd - How Tickled We Were
Tribute to the late legend, with some focus on his small sideline as balladeer. Tears was the 3rd biggest selling single in the UK in the 1960s.

Belladrum 2018 - Nerina Pallot
The quirky singer-songwriter managed to do the awful (but popular) Everybody's Gone To War, and neither of her songs I really liked.

Top of the Pops - The Story of 1987
Pete Waterman was in his element, and Kim Appleby and Rick Astley were both present to help tell their own stories. The former Terence Trent D'Arby was at least coherent. Two members of M/A/R/R/S and two folk from Curiosity Killed The Cat had their own tales, and Martyn Ware was a successful producer this year. Carol Decker was obligatorily catty.

Top of the Pops - 1987 Big Hits
An hour backing up the above, and also including Wet Wet Wet, New Order and the Pet Shop Boys (I suspect Neil either isn't willing to talk, or they're not willing to interview him).
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:40 am

After The Screaming Stops
Much-hyped doc about Bros' recent reformation, much taken up by their recounting their formative experiences, the painful way the band split, and then finally tensions about working together again. There's some aggro, but mercifully they find a path through on the day before the first gig, which then goes well. Good luck to them, I suppose.

MTV World Stage 2018: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
They're brothers as well as DJs. This headline show from Malta in June zipped along merrily enough.

Take That - We've Come A Long Way
More boyband antics, this time rather less tense. Their recent greatest hits collection had tracks reworked, and they do some reminiscence here with Robbie (Jason, having left in 2014, did not show his face). Barry Gibb turned up to contribute to their new version of How Deep Is Your Love? and revealed they'd been singing one line wrongly ever since 1996.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:37 am

Belladrum 2018 - Ward Thomas
A short burst with the track Lie Like Me.

Music Icons: Otis Redding
He was from Georgia, and formed a band in his teens. He married Zelma in 1961, and was soon signed to labels and good publishing deals. He worked as a roadie for Booker T, and wangled an audition at Stax. He was dubbed "Mr Pitiful" but turned it to his advantage. He wrote his own stuff, such as Respect. The Otis Blue album was a huge success. He was fine at covers too, like Try A Little Tenderness. He did a duets album and a live album. Then he did well at Monterrey Pop. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay was the herald of a change of direction, but tragically he was killed in a plane crash before he could achieve it.

Sheridan Smith: Coming Home
Actress and singer has had a tough emotional time with her father dying. Here, she works on a new album, before returning home to perform a special homecoming gig at Bentley Top Club.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:20 am

Kylie Minogue: Reel Stories
Presenter Dermot O'Leary guided Kylie through 30+ years of clips from her acting and singing careers, meeting Olivia Newton-John on the chat-show Wogan, being bemused by the importance of Top of the Pops, the dancing with Jason Donovan when performing Especially For You, being on Saturday morning telly, her experimental era and return to pop ways. She remains a much-loved and valued act.

Belladrum 2018: The Supernaturals
A short acoustic burst with I Don't Think So. I'm surprised they're still going to be honest, not an act who get much attention.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:20 am

Belladrum 2018: The Charlatans
A longer set than some, thankfully, they're still releasing new material, and seem just as fresh as they did 30-odd years ago.

Belladrum 2018: Darlingside
Just a short burst with Extralife.

Larry King Now: Cheyenne Jackson
Some actor from Idaho, who's worked with Lady Gaga, been on Broadway, sang a lot in some Elvis show, takes acting inspiration from Kathy Bates, and has been sober for 5+ years.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:24 am

Bette Midler - One Night Only
This 2014 special saw Bette chat to Joanna Lumley, but mainly perform many hits of hers, finishing with Wind Beneath My Wings.

Belladrum 2018 - Songhoy Blues
Just a short extract, with Sekon Okmarou.

MTV Unplugged Melbourne - DMA's
Never heard of them, they're from Sydney and did quite a long show. They were a bit like the ballady bits of Oasis, which is a surprising choice for Aussie pop-rockers.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:12 am

On Drums... Stewart Copeland!
On Bass... Tina Weymouth!
On Guitar... Lenny Kaye!
A curious 3-part series looking at individual instruments, how they've evolved, and how important they are to the overall sound. What became noticeable was that Copeland clearly went to New Orleans to tell his story, and interview people who could help him tell it. The others generally didn't (Weymouth did some vid-link to Bootsy Collins), so it seemed less personal the more they made their cases. Watchable stuff all the same, with many tributes paid.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:46 am

Belladrum 2014 - Rae Morris
Surprising possible repeat, but a welcome half-hour from someone of whom big things were heralded, but which did not happen.

Music Icons: Ray Charles
An innovator, a genius who transcended genres, from blues, jazz and country. Born in Georgia in 1930, he met Quincy Jones in Seattle, and signed to Atlantic Records. He evolved his sound and wrote many classics, but when he got comfortable financially, he switched to covers instead. He did many duet albums, including his last. He had heroin troubles, but cleaned up eventually. He won many Grammys.

The Go-Betweens - Right Here
Lengthy effort about Aussie band who managed to release many albums over 20-30 years, work with Rough Trade and Sire/Warner Brothers, go through a few line-ups, but not score any hit singles. The nucleus of the band were Robert Forster and Grant McLennan. Grant died in 2006, but Robert and other band members and managers told their story.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:21 am

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds - A Tale of Three Cities - Vienna 1908
Dr James Fox tries a bit of lateral thinking. He talks of a city where Klimt, Freud, Loos, Schiele and Kokoschka are all busy, but particularly Arnold Schoenberg, who premiered his 2nd String Quartet in December of this year, making use of frequent key changes and atonal harmonies. 
Schoenberg wrote:My music will be understood in 100 years, not now.
Well, it was a bit quicker than that.

Belladrum 2018 - Ryan McMullan
Another short burst, with Letting Go For A Little While.

Music Icons: Dusty Springfield
She embodied White Soul, started singing from 12, but suffered low self-esteem. She got her nickname from playing football, apparently. She did some of her own songwriting, production and arrrangements. She had a few really big hits, but suffered personal issues in the 70s. The Pet Shop Boys resurrected her career in the late 1980s, but she became ill with breast cancer and died in 1999, after being awarded the OBE.
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Music Icons: Run DMC
Russell Simmons had a brother, Joe who became known as Run. Daryl became DMC. And they hooked up with Jam Master Jay. Through Russell's Def Jam Records , they released early rap classics in the mid-80s. But when Rick Rubin produced their 3rd LP and persuaded them to do the Aerosmith mash-up Walk This Way, they went into orbit. They had personal issues, not least DMC not wanting to rap as much. Also a spiritual angle. JMJ was shot dead in 2002, and the band were inducted to the R&R HoF in 2009.

Jonas Blue's Mixtape
A mix of his own works and those of other producers in the same racket whom he admires, like Zedd, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris.

MTV World Stage - Jason Derulo
From their Isle of MTV thing in Malta from June of 2018. He claims to be the King of Pop now, but I suspect Bruno Mars might have something to say about that.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:50 am

Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds - A Tale of Three Cities - Paris 1928
Dr James Fox with part 2 of his thesis. Here he considered the surrealism of Andre Breton, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali & Luis Bunuel. The art of Tamara de Lempicka and Piet Mondrian, the writings of Ernest Hemingway and the architecture of Le Corbusier. And particularly the success of Cole Porter, who had been in Paris a while and wrote a musical about it, including his first big hit song Let's Do It. Paris also bloomed for jazz, as black Americans discovered they could be treated as people in France, unlike back home, and one of them, Josephine Baker, made a big mark in the process. Finally, George Gershwin was inspired to create his work An American In Paris.

Larry King Now - Mike Posner
He's go a new album A Real Good Kid out, partly inspired by his Dad dying on a brain tumour whilst he was enjoying a massive success with I Took A Pill In Ibiza. Also the death of his friend Avicii, as mentioned in said song. He regrets the past misogyny of some of his songs and videos. He's done collaborations, but writes best for himself. He's launched a musical scholarship project. And he's undertaking a walk across the USA from March 1st, from Astbury Park to Venice Beach, more of a bucket list idea than for any specific charity.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:55 am

Our Classical Century - In War and Peace
Saw the 1st part of this series before Christmas, so glad to see a 2nd. Suzy Klein's guest host here was war correspondent John Simpson, and the story ran from the 1936 coronation to the 1953 one. This encompassed William Walton, Benjamin Britten and Shostakovich, the bombing of Queen's Hall in London (which led to the Proms moving to the Royal Albert Hall, and replacement by the Royal Festival Hall), and an experiment in classical music performances at the National Gallery, as the music moved from the preserve of an elite, to the right of the masses.

Belladrum 2018 - Amy McDonald
Unsure if I've seen this before or not, it was Down by Water anyway.

Foreigner - Live at Baloise Session
By 2014, I'm unsure how many classic line-up members remain, but the songs were well done. I was bemused they ended on a rocking high, even having done their best song beforehand in I Want To Know What Love Is.

Music Icons: Santana
Carlos was taught guitar by his musical father, and he formed his own band after a stand-in spot at the Fillmore. Woodstock made them famous, and their 2nd album Abraxas really cemented their legend. There were line-up changes and spiritual sidelines. They made it to the R&R HoF in 1998, and then made a massive selling success after Clive Davis put them up to it (Carlos had reservations).
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:12 am

Belladrum 2018 - Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5
Peculiar live act with kids on stage, dodgy rave-inspired songs and weird subject matters. Like discovering a cult has been going on for years and you've only just found out about it.

War Requiem - Staging a Masterpiece
Benjamin Britten's 1962 epic, put on by the English National Opera and stage designed by Wolfgang Tillmans. Wilfred Owen's WW1 poetry counterpoints the music, and backdrop scenes project martial images. An intriguing process.

Discovering: Little Richard
A popular roustabout child who was given a spot by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, won a radio talent contest, and had little success on record labels. Then he hit paydirt with Tutti Frutti. Other big hits followed before he turned to the Lord. A UK tour saw him return to Rock & Roll, and he even had support from the Beatles one night. Drugs took the edge off his success, and he turned to festivals and talk shows. He was the 1st person in the R&R HoF in 1986.

James Blunt - Live at Baloise Session
From 2014, as he was pushing his Moon Landing album. Among other hits, and much banter to the crowd, he did a cover of Slade's "Coz I Luv You" which was a welcome surprise.

The South Bank Show: Danielle de Niese
The 40 year old soprano who won Young Talent Time in Australia at the age of 9, added classical music lessons to dancing and acting to give her a difference, and wowed the NY Met at the age of 19 in a production with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Cecilia Bartoli. She presented "LA Kids" and won an Emmy for it. She wowed the Glyndebourne faithful with her grasp of choreography, and has gone from strength to strength.
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