Al Bowlly - Britain'sfirst Pop Star

Episodes

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[R3 BD=20071228]

New series 1/4. Clare Teal presents a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star, with careers in Berlin and New York as well. The good-looking Bowlly became popular - especially with women - at a time when big bands rather than solo acts dominated popular music. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year careerthat yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You, Pennies from Heaven and Moonlight on the Highway, the latter two of which inspired writer Dennis Potter. The series features archive interviews with friends and colleagues who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last living friend. The singer perished in a Blitz explosion in 1941, aged 42. Producer James Hale

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[R3 BD=20071228]

Singer: Al Bowlly

Unknown: Dennis Potter.

Unknown: Joyce Stone

Producer: James Hale

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[R3 BD=20080104]

2/4. Clare Teal continues a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing and Pennies from Heaven.

GENOME:
[R3 BD=20080104]

Singer: Al Bowlly

GENOME:
[R3 BD=20080111]

3/4. Clare Teal presents a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded more than 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You and Moonlight on the Highway. The series features archive interviews with friends and associates who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last surviving friend.

Bowlly perished in the Blitz in 1941. This chapter looks at his career move to the United States.

GENOME:
[R3 BD=20080111]

Singer: Al Bowlly

Unknown: Joyce Stone

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[R3 BD=20080118]

4/4. Clare Teal concludes a tribute to South African-raised singer Al Bowlly , who travelled to Britain, where, in the 1930s, he emerged as this nation's first pop star. He recorded over 1,000 songs in a 14-year career that yielded hits such as Love Is the Sweetest Thing, The Very Thought of You and Moonlight on the Highway. The series features archive interviews with friends and associates who have since died, and 96-year-old Joyce Stone , who is his last surviving friend. Bowlly perished in the Blitz in 1941. In this final chapter Bowlly returns to London from America to discover he is no longer Britain's most popular vocalist. But the Second World War would change everything.

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[R3 BD=20080118]

Unknown: Clare Teal

Singer: Al Bowlly

Unknown: Joyce Stone