Sir Michael Parkinson plays some of the most famous recordings of all time, including Sinatra's 'Fly Me To the Moon', Mel Torme's 'Too Close For Comfort' and Duke Ellington's 'Take the A Train' and concentrates on the people who put together the orchestrations. As Quincy Jones said about song arranging, 'My instruments are the singers, the songs, and the musicians. It's like weaving a wonderful tapestry of sound' ...
Sir Michael Parkinson looks at the weather - and rain in particular - as the inspiration for song writers. Among the lyrics he celebrates are those to 'Come Rain Come Shine', 'Fire and Rain' 'Stormy Weather', 'Here's that Rainy Day' and of course 'Singin in the Rain'.