Gary Barlow - We Write The Songs

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Barry Gibb2020122620201227 (R2)

Gary Barlow extends his personal conversations with some of the world’s most exciting songwriters as he delves beyond the melodies and lyrics to discover the stories behind the songs. Talking to the songwriting genius Barry Gibb from his home in Miami, Barry reveals what it was like to work with Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. He also reveals how he faced the music after his brothers passed away. Barry and Gary agreed there was ‘nothing normal about being in a pop group’ and Barry shared how he’s stayed sane in a music career that has lasted over six decades. He also spoke about his new album ‘Greenfields’ which he recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and more. As part of the Bee Gees Barry sold over 220 million records and his songs topped the charts decade after decade - sounding fresh and legendary at the same time. Tragedy, Words and Islands In The Stream all came from the musical mind of this songwriting master.

Gary Barlow enjoys a songwriting masterclass with the legendary Barry Gibb

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Barry Gibb2020122620201227 (R2)Gary Barlow extends his personal conversations with some of the world’s most exciting songwriters as he delves beyond the melodies and lyrics to discover the stories behind the songs. Talking to the songwriting genius Barry Gibb from his home in Miami, Barry reveals what it was like to work with Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. He also reveals how he faced the music after his brothers passed away. Barry and Gary agreed there was ‘nothing normal about being in a pop group’ and Barry shared how he’s stayed sane in a music career that has lasted over six decades. He also spoke about his new album ‘Greenfields’ which he recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and more. As part of the Bee Gees Barry sold over 220 million records and his songs topped the charts decade after decade - sounding fresh and legendary at the same time. Tragedy, Words and Islands In The Stream all came from the musical mind of this songwriting master.

Gary Barlow enjoys a songwriting masterclass with the legendary Barry Gibb

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Gary Barlow extends his personal conversations with some of the world’s most exciting songwriters as he delves beyond the melodies and lyrics to discover the stories behind the songs. Talking to the songwriting genius Barry Gibb from his home in Miami, Barry reveals what it was like to work with Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. He also reveals how he faced the music after his brothers passed away. Barry and Gary agreed there was ‘nothing normal about being in a pop group’ and Barry shared how he’s stayed sane in a music career that has lasted over six decades. He also spoke about his new album ‘Greenfields’ which he recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and more. As part of the Bee Gees Barry sold over 220 million records and his songs topped the charts decade after decade - sounding fresh and legendary at the same time. Tragedy, Words and Islands In The Stream all came from the musical mind of this songwriting master.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Barry Manilow20200125Gary Barlow talks to the international superstar Barry Manilow about his life and career. Reluctant to take centre stage and preferring the life of accompanist and arranger, Manilow graduated to singing his own songs after writing advertising jingles and working in American television on an early forerunner of an X Factor style talent show. He talks about how he was reluctant to record a song called 'Brandy', but how as' Mandy' it gave him his breakthrough hit; how songs like 'Copacobana' came to be written; and how important the musical arrangements of his songs still are to him after a career that has included some 75 million record sales, countless performances, television shows, albums and musicals from Brooklyn to Broadway.

Gary Barlow talks to singer-songwriter Barry Manilow about his life and work.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Gary Barlow talks to the international superstar Barry Manilow about his life and career. Reluctant to take centre stage and preferring the life of accompanist and arranger, Manilow graduated to singing his own songs after writing advertising jingles and working in American television on an early forerunner of an X Factor style talent show. He talks about how he was reluctant to record a song called 'Brandy', but how as' Mandy' it gave him his breakthrough hit; how songs like 'Copacobana' came to be written; and how important the musical arrangements of his songs still are to him after a career that has included some 75 million record sales, countless performances, television shows, albums and musicals from Brooklyn to Broadway.

Gary Barlow talks to singer-songwriter Barry Manilow about his life and work.

Jeff Lynne20200118In episode three of Gary Barlow’s ‘We Write the Songs’ Gary talks to Jeff Lynne. Not only a songwriter, but also producer, sound engineer, instrumentalist and singer. The two discuss the inspiration behind the Electric Light Orchestra, how Lynne works in the studio to achieve his tracks, how the musical ideas are born and how he writes his lyrics. They talk about the importance of chord sequences to his work and how one of Jeff Lynne’s most famous songs ‘Mr Blue Sky’ came to be. They also discuss Lynne’s collaborations and producing successes with ‘The Travelling Wilburys, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

Gary Barlow talks to Jeff Lynne, singer songwriter, engineer and producer behind The ELO.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Max Martin2018121920200104 (R2)Gary Barlow begins his new series on Radio 2 with one of the most successful song writers of all time – Max Martin. Winner of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Best Songwriter of the Year eleven times, seven times consecutively; writer of twenty two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits; selling in excess of 140 million records; Martin has produced a succession of hits for Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Celine Dion and more, and currently has a successful musical ‘& Juliet’ featuring many of his songs playing in London’s West End. And yet as successful as he is, Martin is remarkably low profile. In this rare interview, he explains how he works, what it takes to make hit records, and how he collaborates with today’s major pop artists.

Gary Barlow meets Max Martin - hit maker for Britney, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and more.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

Gary Barlow begins his new series on Radio 2 with one of the most successful song writers of all time – Max Martin. Winner of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Best Songwriter of the Year eleven times, seven times consecutively; writer of twenty two Billboard Hot 100 number one hits; selling in excess of 140 million records; Martin has produced a succession of hits for Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Celine Dion and more, and currently has a successful musical ‘& Juliet’ featuring many of his songs playing in London’s West End. And yet as successful as he is, Martin is remarkably low profile. In this rare interview, he explains how he works, what it takes to make hit records, and how he collaborates with today’s major pop artists.

Sir Paul McCartney20200111In the second episode of his series ‘We Write the Songs’ Gary Barlow talks to the legendary Paul McCartney about his career and song writing.
He reveals how he and John Lennon only began writing original songs because other bands were doing the same covers that The Beatles were doing at The Cavern in Liverpool; discusses the influence of Sir George Martin on the arranging of their songs; and explains how he and John Lennon rarely wrote any musical notation down, but relied on lyrics and chord symbols alone. The result would often be that they would arrive in the studio, not remembering their own melodies and having to recall them just from the chords and lyrics. Sir Paul also talks about how the brilliance of George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the studio, contributed to some of the greatest hits in popular music.

Gary Barlow talks to the legendary Sir Paul McCartney about his career and song writing.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

In the second episode of his series ‘We Write the Songs’ Gary Barlow talks to the legendary Paul McCartney about his career and song writing.
He reveals how he and John Lennon only began writing original songs because other bands were doing the same covers that The Beatles were doing at The Cavern in Liverpool; discusses the influence of Sir George Martin on the arranging of their songs; and explains how he and John Lennon rarely wrote any musical notation down, but relied on lyrics and chord symbols alone. The result would often be that they would arrive in the studio, not remembering their own melodies and having to recall them just from the chords and lyrics. Sir Paul also talks about how the brilliance of George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the studio, contributed to some of the greatest hits in popular music.

02Barry Gibb2020122720210221 (R2)Gary Barlow extends his personal conversations with some of the world’s most exciting songwriters as he delves beyond the melodies and lyrics to discover the stories behind the songs. Talking to the songwriting genius Barry Gibb from his home in Miami, Barry reveals what it was like to work with Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. He also reveals how he faced the music after his brothers passed away. Barry and Gary agreed there was ‘nothing normal about being in a pop group’ and Barry shared how he’s stayed sane in a music career that has lasted over six decades. He also spoke about his new album ‘Greenfields’ which he recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and more. As part of the Bee Gees Barry sold over 220 million records and his songs topped the charts decade after decade - sounding fresh and legendary at the same time. Tragedy, Words and Islands In The Stream all came from the musical mind of this songwriting master.

Gary Barlow enjoys a songwriting masterclass with the legendary Barry Gibb

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Barry Gibb20210221Gary Barlow extends his personal conversations with some of the world’s most exciting songwriters as he delves beyond the melodies and lyrics to discover the stories behind the songs. Talking to the songwriting genius Barry Gibb from his home in Miami, Barry reveals what it was like to work with Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross. He also reveals how he faced the music after his brothers passed away. Barry and Gary agreed there was ‘nothing normal about being in a pop group’ and Barry shared how he’s stayed sane in a music career that has lasted over six decades. He also spoke about his new album ‘Greenfields’ which he recorded in the RCA studios in Nashville with Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Olivia Newton-John and more. As part of the Bee Gees Barry sold over 220 million records and his songs topped the charts decade after decade - sounding fresh and legendary at the same time. Tragedy, Words and Islands In The Stream all came from the musical mind of this songwriting master.

Gary Barlow enjoys a songwriting masterclass with the legendary Barry Gibb

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02John Legend2021010220210124 (R2)Gary Barlow chats to superstar John Legend about his extensive collection of awards including what it's like to be one of fifteen people with an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award). John is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer, actor, film producer, theatre director, and philanthropist. Gary explores John's early influences whilst growing up in a musical family in Springfield Ohio and the crucial collaborations which paved the way to stardom. John shares the story of how he met Kanye West, who played a pivotal part in his career as well as opening up about his recent family tragedy and the impact it's had on his relationship with his wife, Chrissy Teigen

Gary bonds with John Legend as they explore the art of creating the perfect song

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Paloma Faith20210130Gary Barlow talks to illustrious artist Paloma Faith about her award winning career including her five platinum selling albums; the latest 'Infinite Things' a lockdown creation. Paloma shares her creative process and how she came to the music industry, her insatiable drive and what it was like working with Prince, Pharrell Williams and Diane Warren. Paloma and Gary also talk honesty about how to craft great songs under heavy pressure

Gary and Paloma Faith get deep as they discuss the art of creating the perfect song.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Robbie Williams20210214Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams sit down for a heart to heart covering everything from the breakup of Take That to how Robbie's coped during lockdown. Robbie reveals he's rarely asked about his songwriting despite being one of the best-selling artists of all time, bagging seven number ones on his own and seven as part of Take That. Gary asks Robbie questions he's never asked before - find out and what it was like for Robbie in a pop band where Gary used to write all the songs. Robbie chats about his epic songwriting partnership with Guy Chambers and how he crafts masterful lyrics taking inspiration from everyone - even his sister's poetry

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow share songwriting secrets

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Robbie Williams2021021420210313 (R2)Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams sit down for a heart to heart covering everything from the breakup of Take That to how Robbie's coped during lockdown. Robbie reveals he's rarely asked about his songwriting despite being one of the best-selling artists of all time, bagging seven number ones on his own and seven as part of Take That. Gary asks Robbie questions he's never asked before - find out and what it was like for Robbie in a pop band where Gary used to write all the songs. Robbie chats about his epic songwriting partnership with Guy Chambers and how he crafts masterful lyrics taking inspiration from everyone - even his sister's poetry

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow share songwriting secrets

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Sam Smith20210109
02Sam Smith2021010920210207 (R2)Sam Smith and Gary Barlow sit down to uncover the stories behind the songs. Since exploding onto the music scene in 2012, Sam has won four Grammy Awards and an Oscar whilst consistently topping the charts with their legendary lyrics and vocals. Sam shares their soul so honestly with Gary - revealing how they wrote anthems like 'Stay With Me' and the Bond theme 'Writing’s on the Wall', and what happened at their house party to celebrate 4 Grammy wins. Find out whether success swallows creativity and some songwriting secrets from the artist who's written for Celine Dion and Mary J Blige.

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.

02Sheryl Crow20210228Gary Barlow and Sheryl Crow share the stories behind the songs - and there are alot of them! Sheryl has sold over 50 million records and won 9 Grammys. Follow her journey from singing backing vocals on Michael Jackson's Bad Tour to composing a Bond theme. She explains how her songwriting changed as life evolved from battling Breast Cancer and Depression to becoming a single parent. Discover how she finally learnt not to go to an instrument to solve all her problems. Plus enjoy Bob Dylan's unique advice for conquering writer's block. A fascinating insight into the exceptionally talented songwriter behind the anthems All I Want To Do, Tomorrow Never Dies and Everyday Is A Winding Road

Gary Barlow sits down with nine time Grammy Award-winning artist, Sheryl Crow

Gary Barlow speaks to fellow acclaimed songwriters.