Friday, 6 January 2012

Songs you didn't know you didn't know 4

Here's the final one for now. There are other topics to be blogged!

Huw Williams has reminded me of this great piece of music used on The Two Ronnies TV show as the intro to the Charlie Farley and Piggy Malone mini-series.

It was called The Detectives and was written by Alan Tew. He also wrote incidental music for the Van der Valk, The Hanged Man and The Sweeney TV series too. There's also a slow version of The Detectives that was sometimes used for poignant moments in the Charlie Farley and Piggy Malone stories:

And the TV show Vision On continues to throw up great tunes. I was reminded by Alan Partridge(?!) that the show used John Williams' version of Cavatina and also this great little tune by Al Hirt called Java:

He was a big lad, our Al, and his nicknames included 'Jumbo' and 'The Round Mound of Sound'. Ouch. You might also remember Elephant Dance by Harry Pitch:

Last but not least, Persephone has reminded me of this classic - The Elizabethan Serenade by Ronald Binge. When he wrote it in 1951 it was simply called 'Andante cantabile' but he re-titled it and dedicated it to the young Queen Elizabeth in 1952. It was used as the theme for the BBC radio show Music Tapestry and on the Forces Network.

Binge also wrote Sailing By - the theme for the BBC Shipping Forecast:

More another day!

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