Walk On By: The Story of Popular Song – Season 1, Episode 1

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Walk On By: The Story of Popular Song (2001) – TV Documentary

Note: I think the four videos below collectively contain only the first of eight “Season 1” episodes, the introductory episode called From Russia With Love. I’ve not seen any evidence that the TV series had a second season (The “season” may be an IMDb artifact). Only three of the eight episodes appear to deal with the Songbook era.

Production Companies:

  • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Bravo (in association with)

Summary (from IMDb), by Peter Brandt Nielsen:

Told through countless archive clips, numerous celebrity interviews and a narrator, the eight-episode BBC series tells the story of one hundred years of popular song. Starting with the thesis of popular song developing through the joining of the musical traditions of European Jews and African blacks in USA in early 20th century, the series continues to cover the jazz era singers, the birth of rock’n’roll, the new-found role of the pop producer, the multiple style developments from Britain and America in the 1960’s, the country music blossom period, the use of popular music on stage and on screen, and the background of the modern-day manufactured pop artist.

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