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Jazz Star Clare Teal Presents New BBC Radio Series

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Clare Teal returns with a new series for Friday evenings, looking at the people, places and organisations behind the scenes of making a record.

In this series Clare focuses on producer George Martin, ghost vocalist Marni Nixon, composer John Barry, the record label Capitol Records, accompanist and arranger George Shearing and the studio Abbey Road.

“Although I haven't worked with these people or companies, in one way or another they've all influenced me," says Clare.

“They have such interesting stories to tell, from Johnny Mercer who started Capitol Records to Marni Nixon, having to sing for movie stars without being credited or even mentioned on the film titles or soundtrack records. I so enjoyed putting these shows together. They've helped me learn even more about the roles these people played in shaping the music business as we know it today."

Each programme features a cross section of material. Clare's research has unearthed several more-obscure performances which span all genres, from The Beatles singing the Gerry & The Pacemakers' hit How Do You Do It to a rare John Barry soundtrack called Deadfall, featuring a stunning vocal Shirley Bassey, and a song recorded at Abbey Road by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise!

Clare Teal won Best Vocalist award at the 2005 British Jazz Awards. The ceremony, which was attended by many of the UK's leading jazz musicians and singers, took place at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival in July.

For the first programme, Clare follows the career of record producer George Martin. George is famous for his ground-breaking work with the Beatles in the Sixties, when they rewrote the rule book for pop music by using modern recording techniques to create strange new sounds. But in fact George Martin's career was well-established before then and with quite different artists, as Clare explains and illustrates in After Seven.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Dave Aylott
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