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Alan and Marilyn Bergman: Keeping the Music Playing Part Two

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Words by Alan and Marilyn Bergman Music by Neil Diamond, Billy Goldenberg, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel and John Williams Welcome to the second part of our two-part salute to the songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, to mark Marilyn's ninetieth birthday a few days ago. After Part One's exploration of their early hits, from "Nice 'n' Easy" to "Windmills of Your Mind", today we'll spend some time with their lyrics from the Seventies on, including "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "Sweet Gingerbread Man", "It Might Be You", "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" and many more - blockbuster movie themes, classic album tracks and the Billboard Number One Hit of the Year from 1974. From the Steyn ...

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Alan and Marilyn Bergman: Keeping the Music Playing

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Words by Alan and Marilyn Bergman Music by Neil Diamond, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Norman Luboff and Lew Spence

Today is the ninetieth birthday of Marilyn Bergman, one half of one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of our time. Their catalogue includes "The Windmills of Your Mind", "Nice 'n' Easy", "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "In the Heat of the Night", "It Might Be You", and many more...

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Songs in the Keys of Florida

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Mark presents an audio celebration of songs from the Sunshine State

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A Bushel and a Peck of Heart and Soul

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The Songs of Frank Loesser with Mark and his guests George Abbott, Dorothée Berryman, Cy Feuer, Monique Fauteux, Burton Lane, Jessica Martin, Siân Phillips and Jule Styne

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The Boy Next Door

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Hugh Martin, composer, lyricist, vocal arranger, pianist, singer, actor and the man who gave the world the great seasonal gift of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", was born one hundred years ago this week...

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Non-Stop Nearly Number Ones

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Imagewith Mark and his guests Leonard Bernstein, Chuck Berry, Billy Bragg, Leslie Bricusse, Louis Clark, Vincent Falcone Jr, Julio Iglesias, Ralph McTell, Mary Martin with June Silver, Men at Work, Maria Muldaur, Sid Ramin, Ann Ronell and Harry Secombe (with bonus appearance by Tim Rice)

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Jinns, Rosières, and Prince Bob

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One of the most popular features of Tales for Our Time has been the music Mark chooses to accompany each story. So here, after many requests, is a sampler of the accompanying melodies from some of our tales...

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Twelfth Night Live!

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with Mark and his guests Comden & Green, Everything But The Girl, the Georgian Voices, Stubby Kaye, Emma Kershaw with Tim Rice, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Russell Nype, Paul Sorvino, Carol Welsman and Koko Yamamoto & Tal Bachman

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Easter Parade

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Steyn on the only Easter pop standard - plus the meaning of the word "rotogravure", and whether anyone actually could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet

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Getting His Kicks: A Hundred Years of Bobby Troup

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Mark and his guests celebrate a great songwriter (and gazetteer)

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The Boy Next Door part two

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To mark the centenary of composer Hugh Martin, here's the second part of Mark's two-part audio tribute to the man who gave the world "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"...

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Non-Stop Number Ones

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with Mark and his guests Bananarama, Mike Batt, Don Black, Simon Climie, Christopher Cross, The Human League, Julio Iglesias, Lulu, Artie Shaw, Paul Simon, Jule Styne and Andy Williams (plus bonus appearance by Ted Cruz)

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Twelfth Night Live!

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with Mark and his guests Larry Adler, Tal Bachman, Cheryl Bentyne, Dorothée Berryman, Robert Davi, Everything But The Girl, Monique Fauteux, Patsy Gallant, Jessica Martin, Liza Minnelli with Kander & Ebb, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright III

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Music from Melbourne

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An hour of Mark and musical guests from Down Under

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The Song Is Yule

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Fifty years of Sinatra Christmas classics

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Feral Cats, Bloated Carcasses, and Doilies

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A SteynOnline audio special: Mark talks to rock legend Ted Nugent about politics and pop culture...

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A Particular Place

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A SteynOnline audio special, in which Mark makes a rare excursion into rock'n'roll to remember Chuck Berry

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On Stage with Sinatra

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ImageMark talks to Frank's conductor and pianist during the Seventies and Eighties: Vincent Falcone

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The Song Is You: Nice 'n' Easy

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ImageAlan Bergman, co-author of "The Way We Were" and "Windmills of Your Mind", talks to Mark about the songs he wrote for Sinatra...

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The Song Is You episode six

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Composers and lyricists tell the stories behind some of the great standards Sinatra sang...

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The Song Is You episode five

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ImageComposers and lyricists tell the stories behind the songs Sinatra sang

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The Song Is You episode two

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ImageMark talks to the songwriters of "Tea For Two", "Almost Like Being In Love", "On A Clear Day" and "Willow, Weep For Me"

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"Where Are You Working Next Week?"

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ImagePart Two of Mark's audio special with Frank Sinatra's longtime pianist and conductor Vincent Falcone Jr.

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The Song Is You episode one

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ImageThe first of a new audio series with Mark in conversation with great songwriters

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Mark's Halloween Horror!

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Yes, it's Steyn's night of horror. No, not his flight on United. That was just the warm-up.

Following his spooky interpretation of a 1970s rock classic for last Halloween, Mark thought he'd try something even scarier for this All-Hallows Eve. He's always wanted to do one of those 1980s rock videos - moody, menacing, monochrome, full of smoke and guitars. So click below and stand well back:

With a tip of the hat to Tweety, Sylvester ...and Sting.

For the backstory, see here.

For more, see here.

 

A Theme to a Kill

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An encore presentation of Mark's audio salute to James Bond's music man, John Barry

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Ain't That A Kick - Sammy Cahn All The Way

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2015 is Frank Sinatra's centenary year, which necessitates a few modifications to SteynOnline's music, film and entertainment coverage. Our official observances commence tomorrow when our Song of the Week department becomes a Song of the Semi-Week in order to squeeze in 100 Sinatra songs of the century between now and December. Several other folk seem to have opted for this approach, too - our old friend the Pundette has launched a dedicated Sinatra Centenary site for that very purpose - so we hope you'll have lots of finicky fun nitpicking through competing hit parades and demanding to know why this or that song hasn't made the list. Don't worry, we'll still make space for other musical content this year, not least because I need to come ...

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One for the Road

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Mark is in Chicago this weekend promoting his new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. As we mentioned a week ago, Hugh Hewitt read it and said:

"Moon River and Me" @MarkSteynOnline '09 essay on Johnny Mercer alone worth the price of book...

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Beautiful Dolls and Only Girls

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This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, the conflict that gave us the modern world - Communist Russia, the post-Ottoman Middle East, Europe's loss of civilizational confidence. The catalyst for war was the assassination of the Archduke Franz-Ferdinand, which Mark noted here a month ago. In the weeks ahead, we'll be looking at some of World War One's cultural legacy, for good or ill. As a curtain-raiser, here's an encore presentation of a SteynOnline audio special, celebrating the British Tommies' favourite ballad of the war years, "If You Were The Only Girl In The World", and its composer Nat D Ayer.

Ayer was a two-hit wonder, with an ocean between them: "If You Were The Only Girl" was his British hit; his American hit from five years earlier was known to generations of Looney Tunes viewers for most of the next century - "Oh, You Beautiful Doll". This special podcast was first broadcast to mark the 100th birthday of "Beautiful Doll" in 2011...

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Pajama Nights on Broadway

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A SteynOnline audio special to mark the 60th birthday of The Pajama Game

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Artie Shaw: Beginning the Beguine ...and Ending It

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No sooner do we release the new eBook of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade than readers start bombarding me with demands to know where the audio book is. Well, here's the nearest to an audio excerpt from the book - a salute to Artie Shaw...

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The Silent Star

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From the Sunday Telegraph corner of the Steyn archives here's my profile from a few years back of the Academy Awards' indispensable man - the one star without whom none of this would be possible...

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PAUL SIMON, LONE TEEN RANGER

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In lieu of our usual Song of the Week, we present a SteynOnline audio special: Mark talks to singer-songwriter Paul Simon - including a tour of Simon's boyhood neighborhood and a live performance of his very first song

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PAUL SIMON: SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT THE MOON?

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In Part Two of our audio special, Paul Simon talks to Mark about songwriting, demonstrates the original ska version of "Mother And Child Reunion", and muses on the alleged homosexual subtext of "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard"

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