Lyrics by Don Black 17 August 2008

A concert at the London Palladium to celebrate the work of multi-award winning lyricist Don Black, in honour of his 70th birthday (he looks about 50!), and aired on BBC Radio 2's 'Friday Night is Music Night' on 22 August 2008.

Lee was one of a host of stars who performed at the concert, singing two numbers superbly - 'Some Of Us Belong To The Stars' from Billy, which is being prepared for a West End revival, and 'Love Changes Everything' - and he looked rather wonderful too!

With thanks to Jazzylou for these first three - a scene-setting picture (left) taken during the interval and two from the 'curtain calls' at the end of this wonderful concert.

These next three are from BBC Radio 2's photo gallery of the event (now deleted).

And finally Lee and Denise relax at the after-show party.

It truly was a star-studded evening, hosted by Michael Parkinson, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon - and it went like this:

Overture - arranged by Larry Blank
Peter Grant - Walk Away; Black/Jurgens arr. Roy Moore
Elkie Brooks - Sam; Black/Marvin/Ferrar arr. Roy Moore
Mica Paris - I'll Put You Together Again; Black/Stephens arr. Paul Bateman
Jonathan Ansell and Hayley Westenra - Amigos Para Siempre; Black/Lloyd Webber arr. Paul Bateman (written for the Barcelona Olympics)
Lee Mead - Some Of Us Belong To The Stars; Black/Barry arr. Roper
Marti Webb - Take That Look Off Your Face; Black/Lloyd Webber arr. K Woodman
Raza Jaffrey - The Journey Home; Black/Rahman (from Bombay Dreams)
Peter Grant - On Days Like These; Black/Jones arr. Williams (from The Italian Job)
Joe Longthorne - If I Never Sing Another Song; Black/Jurgens/Alexandra arr. Martin Williams

Matt Rawle - Thunderball; Black/Barry arr. Paul Bateman
Lulu - To Sir With Love; Black/London arr. Nick Ingman
Phil Campbell - True Grit; Black/Bernstein arr. Williams
Craig David - Ben; Black/Scharf arr. Richard Balcombe
Lee Mead - Love Changes Everything; Black/Lloyd Webber/Hart
Maria Friedman/Ryan Molloy - If It Wasn't For Her/No Ordinary Love; Black/Legrand arr. Legrand (world premiere of two numbers from new musical 'The Count of Monte Cristo' with guest conductor Michel LeGrand)
Gary Barlow - Born Free; Black/Barry arr. Nick Ingman (with guest conductor David Arnold)
Maria Friedman - As If We Never Said Goodbye; Black/Lloyd Webber/Hampton/Powers
Don Black is welcomed to the stage with a prolonged standing ovation and responds with grace and humour to the evening's tribute
Mica Paris - Diamonds are Forever; Black/Barry arr. Egan

Audio downloads:
Lee's first song - Some Of Us Belong To The Stars
Lee's second song - Love Changes Everything
Full Concert - Part 1
Full Concert - Part 2

The Stage Review - more about Don Black than the show itself, but gives some lovely background


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