The Torch Singers

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200C0120000714

Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series on the torch song.

The first programme looks at the wide range of torch singing, from 20s stars like Helen Morgan to Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Madonna.

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Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series on the torch song.

2: She introduces some of the classic torch singers of the 20s and 30s, including Folies Bergere star Mistinguett, and Libby Holman, Ruth Etting and Valaida Snow, all of whose lives were touched by violence and tragedy.

200C0320000728

Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series on the the torch song.

3: Torch songs that were especially popular during World War II, featuring Dinah Shore, Billie Holiday, Maxine Sullivan, Peggy Lee, Mildred Bailey and Dooley Wilson

200C0420000804

Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series on the torch song - a genre which is difficult to pin down.

This programme explores postwar jazz and cabaret singers, including Edith Piaf, Lotte Lenye, Juliette Greco and Ella Fitzgerald.

Plus unusual items by Sammy Davis Jr and Oscar Peterson.

200C0520000811

Eartha Kitt presents a series on the torch song - a genre which is difficult to define.

This programme celebrates the art of being stylishly unhappy, concentrating on the ballad singers who continued their craft even when rock 'n' roll threatened to sweep all before it.

200C0620000818

Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series on the torch song - a genre which is difficult to define.

This final programme features an eclectic choice of torch songs from performers such as Louis Armstrong, Mabel Mercer, Nancy Wilson, Hadda Brooks, Hildegarde, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington and Eartha Kitt herself.

202B0120020607

Eartha Kitt returns with a six-part series exploring the history of the torch singer.

This first programme profiles Helen Morgan who died an alcoholic at the age of 41.

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Eartha Kitt returns with a six-part series exploring the history of the torch singer.

This second programme profiles the extraordinary Valaida Snow.

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Eartha Kitt's six-part history of the torch singer.

3: Pianist and singer Leslie A Hutchinson, aka Hutch.

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Eartha Kitt returns with a six-part series exploring the history of the torch singer.

This fourth programme profiles the extraordinary life of Libby Holman.

202B05Queen Of The Blues20020705

Eartha Kitt presents a six-part series exploring the lives of the torch singers.

This fifth programme profiles the self-styled `Queen of the Blues' Dinah Washington

202B06 LAST20020712

Eartha Kitt concludes a six-part series exploring the lives of the torch singers.

This final programme profiles perhaps the last of the great torch singers, Julie London.