Part of BBC Two’s ‘tribute night’ for Neil Diamond, the programmed featured archive clips of famous artists performing his songs.
A compilation from the BBC archive of performances featuring songs written by, or associated with, Neil Diamond. Featuring Lulu, UB40, Vince Hill, Robert Wyatt, Gladys Knight, Urge Overkill, Lena Zavaroni, The Hollies and a duet by Neil Diamond and Shirley Bassey.
- Lulu: The Boat That I Row
- UB40: Red Red Wine
- Vince Hill: Neil Diamond Medley
- Robert Wyatt: I’m A Believer
- Gladys Knight: Love On The Rocks
- Gladys Knight: Without You
- Urge Overkill: Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
- Lena Zavaroni: Forever In Blue Jeans
- The Hollies: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
- Neil Diamond & Shirley Bassey: Play Me
Lena’s performance of Forever In Blue Jeans, from her 1979 series Lena Zavaroni and Music - Episode 6, was included.
Archive of Comments from the closed Facebook Page: Fanz of Lena Zavaroni
My feedback to the BBC on “…Sings Neil Diamond”
Pleased to see that this programme is getting another repeat broadcast. While I enjoy all the singers in the programme, I wish to inform the BBC that there is still a large number of fans that remember Lena Zavaroni and would love to see her shows get repeated as currently we only get to see her in “…Sings Neil Diamond and once in a while when you repeat the two of the three episodes of TOTP she performed on.
This year is the 20th anniversary of her death so an in-depth documentary would also be in order. Ideally with Louis Theroux as I feel he would be up to asking the difficult questions that have so far gone unanswered.
Thanks for reading my feedback, Robcamstone (Fanz of Lena Zavaroni).
Fanz of Lena Zavaroni, 11 March 2019 19:35
Note: …Sings Neil Diamond was scheduled for a broadcast on BBC Four on the 23 March 2019 at 00:30 but the broadcast never went ahead why I don’t know the BBC when it pulls a broadcast just updates the TV listings for the day and does not indicate that a programme had been pulled or the reason why.
BBC Reply to my email giving feedback on “…Sings Neil Diamond”
Content of eMail:
Hi Robert, Thank you for getting in touch, it’s lovely to hear from you!
I appreciate that you feel the BBC should add programmes regarding Lena Zavaroni to their output, it’s amazing to read of such passion for her and her work. As much as I would like to be able to fulfil your wishes, I’m afraid that I am in no position to make any promises.
That said, we always appreciate it when people share their ideas and make suggestions. This is what shapes the direction and the future of the BBC.
You may wish to keep an eye on BBC Media Centre. All information about new and upcoming programmes can be found there. Here’s the link:
Thanks again for contacting us.
All the best,
BBC Enquiries Team
Emma Nesbitt, BBC Enquiries Team, 13 March 2019