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Season 5 Episode 5

The Great American Love Song with Nicky Campbell

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Aired Sunday May 17, 2015 on ITV
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The Great American Love Song with Nicky Campbell
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Arts documentary series. Nicky Campbell reckons that in the 1920s and 1930s, New York produced the best songs ever written. He visits Manhattan to explore his lifelong passion for this golden age of song-writing, when the music of packed Broadway theatres fused with the sounds of Harlem's raunchy jazz clubs. He discovers too the troubled geniuses behind the songs. George Gershwin was the gifted prodigy son of Jewish immigrants. Fats Waller was Harlem's larger-than-life lothario. Cole Porter was a sparkling socialite with a secret double life. On his trip, Nicky meets a colourful cast of characters - Annie Lennox, Baba Brinkman, Michael Feinstein, Michael Mwenso, David Lahm and Marti Stevens among them. Nicky has chosen six songs: Rodgers and Hart's Manhattan, George and Ira Gershwin's The Man I Love, Night and Day - which Nicky plays on Cole Porter's own piano, The Way You Look Tonight - written for Fred Astaire, Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin' and The Night We Called It a Day.moreless
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