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Lost Hollywood radio interviews to be aired in Britain

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Nov 21, 2013 | 3:54am EST

Lost radio interviews with late Hollywood legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby are to be broadcast in Britain after the tapes were discovered in a family archive. The interviews, which also include chats with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, were originally recorded by radio presenter Benny Green for a 26-part series called Hooray for Hollywood, and were partly broadcast by the BBC in the 1970s. Green, who died in 1998, kept tapes of the recordings in his personal archive and they have now resurfaced after they were discovered by his son, Leo Green. The recordings will be aired in two parts across Christmas Day (25Dec13) and Boxing Day (26Dec13) on Britain's BBC Radio 2, with Leo presenting a Hollywood Special featuring a mixture of his father's work and the corporation's own archive material. Leo tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "These songs, stories and voices deserve not to be sat in a cupboard gathering dust. The artists we will hear from are some of the greatest performers of all time. "When some of my friends' dads passed away, they got left a set of golf clubs and a few ill fitting suits. I have been fortunate enough to have been left an incredible and historical archive and I'm really excited to have the chance to share these interviews."

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