Parkinson heralds his kind of music

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TV legend Sir Michael Parkinson is getting ready for a grilling in Preston as part of a nationwide tour.

But the famous interviewer is now the one being interviewed as he reveals his passion for music ahead of his show Parkinson: Our Kind of Music.

“Since a young age I have had a passion and love for music,” says Sir Michael.

“I was about 10 and fiddling with our radio at home in Yorkshire trying to find the American Forces Network broadcasting out of Germany.

“I was seeking an alternative to the kind of music on the BBC at that time which consisted, it seemed to me, of adenoidal crooners, syncopated dance bands and posh sounding announcers.

"Then I heard Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and a door was opened into a world of music I could only have imagined.

“It’s a passion that has stayed with me all my life and when I was lucky enough to get my talk show Parkinson, I was determined to feature the kind of music and performers that played and performed my kind of music.”

* Parkinson: Our Kind of Music is at Preston Charter Theatre on September 25 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £27.50 at prestonguildhall.co.uk.