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Presenting the best and most eclectic performances on the BBC from the world's best-known artists performing their interpretations of classic tracks from The Great American Songbook.

In chronological order, this programme takes us through a myriad of BBC studio performances, from Dame Shirley Bassey in 1966 performing The Lady is A Tramp, to Bryan Ferry in 1974 on Twiggy's BBC primetime show performing Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, to Captain Sensible on Top of the Pops in 1982 with his number one hit version of Happy Talk, through to Kirsty MacColl singing Miss Otis Regrets in 1994 to Jamie Cullum with his version of I Get a Kick Out Of You on Parkinson in 2004 and bang up to date with Brit winner Florence from Florence and the Machine performing My Baby Just Cares for Me with Jools Holland on his Annual Hootenanny at the end of 2009.

The Great American Songbook can best be described as the music and popular songs of the famous and prolific American composers of the 1920s and onwards. Composers such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Hoagy Carmichael to name but a few... songwriters who wrote the tunes of Broadway theatre and Hollywood musicals that earned enduring popularity before the dawning of rock 'n' roll.

These famous songwriters have penned songs which have entered the general consciousness and which are now best described as standards - tunes which every musician and singer aspires to include in their repertoire. (00:59:15)

Jimmy Scott ~ All of Me

Dr. John ~ Blues in the Night

Jack Jones ~ Call Me Irresponsible

Michael Bublé ~ Come Fly With Me

Diana Krall ~ Devil May Care

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Captain Sensible ~ Happy Talk

Jamie Cullum ~ I Get a Kick Out Of You

Harry Connick, Jr. ~ It Had To Be You

Nilsson ~ Makin' Whoopee

Kirsty MacColl ~ Miss Otis Regrets

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra & Florence Welch ~ My Baby Just Cares For Me

Sammy Davis Jr. ~ My Funny Valentine

Tony Bennett ~ One For My Baby

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra ~ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Johnny Mercer ~ Something's Gotta Give

Alison Moyet ~ That Ole Devil Called Love

Shirley Bassey ~ The Lady is a Tramp