Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song (2001– )

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Eight-episode series depicting 100 years of history of popular song, from early pioneers to rock'n'roll revolution and modern-day pop.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Himself (3 episodes, 2001)
Jerry Wexler ...
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
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Ellie Greenwich ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2001)
Edward Jablonski ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Don Kirshner ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Barry Mann ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Roger McGuinn ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Richard Rodgers ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2001)
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2001)
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Ian Whitcomb ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2001)
Hank Williams ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2001)


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. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Release Date:

14 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century  »

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(8 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Robbie Robertson: There was no tricks. It was all about just writing songs that would have that timeless quality. This was like, "Okay, this is really who we are. Here it is. There's no thrills, there's no tricks, there's no nothing. It's just the real shit." You know, and that's as much as any of us ever really wanted out of music.
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