Sunday, 13 January 2013
Barry - this week's deliberate mistake
Have just listened to the second episode of They Write the Songs, on Cole Porter, currently on BBC iplayer here.
As with last week's programme about Jerome Kern, you get to hear most of the composer's best known songs (usually in the most Radio 2-friendly versions), some basic information (in Porter's case: lots of hit songs but fewer hit shows), and at the end Barry sings snatches of some Porter songs he didn't have room to include, so there's no doubt he owns the material he's presenting, and if the effect of the programme might be to turn more listeners on to Porter, that can only be a good thing.
So what have I found to complain about this week?
Well, let's leave aside Baz's cruel-to-be-kind suggestion that Marlene Dietrich might need a bit of Auto-Tune on her voice as he cuts off her recording of You Do Something to Me in favour of "the right one" (Sinatra's).
Again, it's a small detail but it's one which I'm pretty certain Benny Green would have seized upon. And to honour his memory and the lasting effect on me of his Sunday afternoon programmes, I maun record Barry's words, which would have pained that broadcaster for more than one reason. Regular listeners to those Sunday shows are advised to place their cups of cocoa or other caffeine-based drink on some hard surface before reading on.
Barry introduced Be a Clown as "one of his funniest, most unique and wittiest songs."
Next week's programme will be on Harry Warren. Do the aural equivalent of keeping 'em peeled. I know I will.