Friday, 15 November 2013

Musical London

The latest episode of The London Walks Podcast –  Musical London (Part One) – is available for download now.

To accompany Musical London, we have put together some playlists so that you can stream or buy the music featured and referenced in the podcast.

In Part One of Musical London, Andy heads for the Savoy Hotel to follow in the footsteps of Bob Dylan.

The Savoy is one of London’s music shrines: not only Dylan, but jazz and, of course, the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan are associated with this grand old hotel. We’ve also included famous musical guests on the playlist.

(We’ll be adding tracks and compiling new playlists to go with the podcast over the next couple of weeks.)

The Savoy Playlist

Track one is Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues and the much-imitated “video” (actually a scene from D.A Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back documentary) with the cue cards being peeled off by the man himself. Shot behind the Savoy Hotel (where Dylan was in residence) a tribute to the sequence features in our very own Rock’n’Roll London film.

Noel Coward took up temporary residence at the Savoy during the Second World War. Our Coward selection is his gloriously self-referential Mad About The Boy as performed by the Savoy Orpheans…

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue had its British premiere at The Savoy. And here’s another of his famous works, Summertime, as recorded by Savoy performer and Battersea-born boy George Shearing – the jazz pianist referred to by Jack Kerouac as “God”.

No Savoy playlist is complete without G&S and this is from Iolanthe (1882), which was actually the first of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to be opened at The Savoy. Six earlier “Savoy Operas” were staged elsewhere.

The playlist also features actor Richard Harris (a long-term resident at The Savoy); Donovan (unwitting foil for Dylan in Don’t Look Back) and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who made their British debut here.

The full playlist can be heard on Deezer HERE


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