The Torch Singers
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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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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This first programme profiles Helen Morgan who died an alcoholic at the age of 41.
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This second programme profiles the extraordinary Valaida Snow.
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3: Pianist and singer Leslie A Hutchinson, aka Hutch.
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This fourth programme profiles the extraordinary life of Libby Holman.
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This fifth programme profiles the self-styled `Queen of the Blues' Dinah Washington
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This final programme profiles perhaps the last of the great torch singers, Julie London.