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Gregory Porter's Popular Voices

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Music

Summary

Grammy award-winning soul and jazz star Gregory Porter presents a 100-year celebration of the mystery, joy and pain that lies behind some of the greatest voices in modern music.

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Episode 2: Crooners & Co

Summary

The soul and jazz performer explores the soft, intimate art of crooning. Born with the arrival of the microphone in the 1930s, crooning was initially about men seducing women and thrived through signature stars such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. However, far from disappearing with the advent of rock 'n' roll, the art of crooning gained a new existential edge and was transformed by the likes of Roy Orbison, David Bowie and even Lana Del Rey into a haunting and abiding strain of contemporary pop. Contributors include Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme, George Benson and Beck.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

What’s this, Iggy Pop and Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on a programme about crooners? Gregory must have pulled his hat on a bit too tight this week.

Don’t fret, he is thinking straight; the golden-voiced trinity of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra get top billing. But covering crooning across the last 100 years means showing how rock ’n’ roll led to it morphing into other styles. Which means you also get Elvis, Roy Orbison and David Bowie. And Iggy merits his inclusion for being the most entertaining talking head – who else would describe the sound of crooning as like “a frog mating”?

How to watch

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterGregory Porter
ContributorIggy Pop
ContributorJoshua Homme
ContributorGeorge Benson
ContributorBeck

Crew

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Executive producerMark Cooper
Series directorBen Whalley
Series producerBen Whalley

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  • Episode 2

    Crooners & Co

    Summary

    The soul and jazz performer explores the soft, intimate art of crooning. Born with the arrival of the microphone in the 1930s, crooning was initially about men seducing women and thrived through signature stars such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. However, far from disappearing with the advent of rock 'n' roll, the art of crooning gained a new existential edge and was transformed by the likes of Roy Orbison, David Bowie and even Lana Del Rey into a haunting and abiding strain of contemporary pop. Contributors include Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme, George Benson and Beck.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    What’s this, Iggy Pop and Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on a programme about crooners? Gregory must have pulled his hat on a bit too tight this week.

    Don’t fret, he is thinking straight; the golden-voiced trinity of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra get top billing. But covering crooning across the last 100 years means showing how rock ’n’ roll led to it morphing into other styles. Which means you also get Elvis, Roy Orbison and David Bowie. And Iggy merits his inclusion for being the most entertaining talking head – who else would describe the sound of crooning as like “a frog mating”?

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterGregory Porter
    ContributorIggy Pop
    ContributorJoshua Homme
    ContributorGeorge Benson
    ContributorBeck

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerMark Cooper
    Series directorBen Whalley
    Series producerBen Whalley
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