Some performers are simply born great. It is their combination of talent and charisma which makes them legendary. Neil Ritchie examines what makes a performer great and looks at how, besides talent, their early lives, family, education, career choices, mentoring, integrity, musicality, direction, timing, and, of course, luck impacted their careers. Spend some time with each of them enjoying their music and learning about their often complicated personal lives.
Note: Neil will be commentating on the series from his home via Zoom.
Jan 12 Frank Loesser
This talented artist wrote the music and lyrics of two of Broadways most enduring musicals "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business". He also wrote many hit songs, with a personality that made him a popular party guest.
Jan 19 Anna Moffo
Probably my favourite soprano who looked as seductive as her voice sounded. A career shortened by overwork and demanding men.
Jan 26. Carmen McRae
Many people value her as the greatest jazz vocalist. She was a good pianist and commanding presence but was one of the more difficult artists to work with.
Feb 2 Yves Montand
A movie star of French cinema who was one of the most charismatic singers of the music hall. His beautiful baritone voice combined with a dramatic delivery and command of the stage.
Feb 9 Marvin Hamlisch
This American composer, pianist and conductor won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony. Countless hit songs and two Broadway smash hits "They're Playing Our Song" and "A Chorus Line"
Feb 16. W.S. Gilbert
Famous as librettist and lyricist for 14 operettas written with Arthur Sullivan, he also wrote 40 plays and was an admired stage director.
Feb 23 Freddie Mercury
Although the British rock star has been dead for 30 years his legend is secure thanks to the hit oscar winning movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" and tours by the group Queen with Adam Lambert filling Freddie's shoes.
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