On the Town
Welcome to the second part of my conversation with Don Black about his bestselling memoir The Sanest Guy in the Room. In Part Two we hear Don's songs as recorded by everyone from Matt Monro and Shirley Bassey to Queen and Eminem...
Steyn talks to Don Black about his bestselling memoir The Sanest Guy in the Room, in whose success Mark played a small but not unimportant part
Mark tells the story of the only Easter pop standard
The great Doris Day celebrates her 90th birthday this week. We will be marking the occasion on the big day, but, as a curtain-raiser, I thought we should have a DD classic for our Song of the Week...
The best live music from Mark's shows over the years - with Randy Bachman, Patsy Gallant, Peter Noone & Herman's Hermits, Ted Nugent, Elisabeth von Trapp, Loudon Wainwright III, and many more
Mark celebrates one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of our time, from "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "Nice 'n' Easy" to "The Way We Were", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", and many more...
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 ...
Mark presents an audio celebration of songs from the Sunshine State
The Songs of Frank Loesser with Mark and his guests George Abbott, DorothÃ©e Berryman, Cy Feuer, Monique Fauteux, Burton Lane, Jessica Martin, SiÃ¢n Phillips and Jule Styne
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...
with 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)
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...
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
Mark and his guests celebrate a great songwriter (and gazetteer)
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"...
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)
with Mark and his guests Larry Adler, Tal Bachman, Cheryl Bentyne, DorothÃ©e 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
An hour of Mark and musical guests from Down Under
Fifty years of Sinatra Christmas classics
A SteynOnline audio special: Mark talks to rock legend Ted Nugent about politics and pop culture...
A SteynOnline audio special, in which Mark makes a rare excursion into rock'n'roll to remember Chuck Berry
Mark talks to Frank's conductor and pianist during the Seventies and Eighties: Vincent Falcone
Alan Bergman, co-author of "The Way We Were" and "Windmills of Your Mind", talks to Mark about the songs he wrote for Sinatra...
Composers and lyricists tell the stories behind some of the great standards Sinatra sang...
Composers and lyricists tell the stories behind the songs Sinatra sang
Mark talks to the songwriters of "Tea For Two", "Almost Like Being In Love", "On A Clear Day" and "Willow, Weep For Me"
Part Two of Mark's audio special with Frank Sinatra's longtime pianist and conductor Vincent Falcone Jr.
The first of a new audio series with Mark in conversation with great songwriters
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.
An encore presentation of Mark's audio salute to James Bond's music man, John Barry
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 ...
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...
A SteynOnline audio special to mark the 60th birthday of The Pajama Game
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...
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...
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
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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