A Very British Thank You
What does it mean to be British? It’s a simple question with many answers and one that’s seems more relevant than ever. I think a good example of a very British statement came from Radio 2’s Ken Bruce. His show has just taken over as the UK’s most popular radio programme. If this was America, imagine the gushing, weeping thank-yous that would have prompted. Instead, Ken replied said: “After 34 years as a part of the BBC Radio 2 family, I’m astounded that the allure of my daily grumpy musings, coupled with PopMaster, continue to entertain. Many thanks to the long-suffering listeners”. Nice one, Ken.
Luck Be A Lady
Here’s a clip of me singing Luck Be A Lady from this year’s Crystal Serenity Pops concert. Every year Crystal Cruises go all out for a special concert towards the end of the world cruise. They bring in extra musicians (some from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) to create a 30 piece orchestra and this year they flew in a couple of acrobats from Russia. Together with the production cast of singers and dancers and a couple of others guests like myself, it makes for quite a show. The video gives you a little taste. I’ll post another clip next week.
The Life and Music of Keely Smith
Who won the very first Grammy Award? It was Keely Smith and Louis Prima for That Old Black Magic at the first Grammy’s in 1959. Keely Smith is my featured artiste in this week’s show along with two hours of the best music. It’s available wherever you normally get your podcasts or click here to listen now.