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Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers.

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Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

Alice Cooper20170828

Alice talks about his beautifully warped hits, scary alter-ego and shocking stage show.

Johnnie Walker meets the inimitable King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, who is back with his first album of original material in six years. They talk about his beautifully warped classics like School's Out, Elected, I'm Eighteen and Poison, his scary alter-ego and legendary, shocking, theatrical stage show (where his tongue is always firmly in his cheek, something that he says British audiences always understand).

Despite being seen as public enemy number one by concerned parents and the establishment in the 70s, Alice is actually one of the most intelligent, funny and warm raconteurs in the rock business. As Johnnie discovers, his friends have included Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. What's more he is not scared to sleep with Yvonne the Boa Constrictor in his hotel room, even if she did once escape into the plumbing system. Alice also sets the record straight about the infamous chicken stage incident in Toronto and his interaction with Mary Whitehouse. So get ready for a brilliant hour of great stories, wisdom and music from the master.

An Extended Version Of The November Special2013111220131227

Johnnie Walker meets the world class singer, songwriter, band member and human rights campaigner Annie Lennox.

They enjoy an honest conversation about her upbringing in Aberdeen, early days in London with Dave Stewart, the huge success of the Eurythmics, meeting Nelson Mandela and fighting for positive change in the world. Annie also talks frankly about her work as a solo artist and what the future holds for her.

Johnnie Walker meets the world class singer, songwriter, band member and human rights campaigner Annie Lennox.

They enjoy an honest conversation about her upbringing in Aberdeen, early days in London with Dave Stewart, the huge success of the Eurythmics, meeting Nelson Mandela and fighting for positive change in the world. Annie also talks frankly about her work as a solo artist and what the future holds for her.

Annie Lennox20131112

Johnnie Walker Meets Annie Lennox.

Johnnie Walker meets the world class singer, songwriter, band member and human rights campaigner Annie Lennox.

They enjoy an honest conversation about her upbringing in Aberdeen, early days in London with Dave Stewart, the huge success of the Eurythmics, meeting Nelson Mandela and fighting for positive change in the world. Annie also talks frankly about her work as a solo artist and what the future holds for her.

Johnnie Walker Meets Annie Lennox.

Bette Midler: From Broadway To Beaches20141225

Bette: From Broadway to Beaches. Johnnie Walker meets Bette Midler and on that journey discovers how the Hawaiian born Bette went from being voted at school "Miss Talkative" to "the Divine Miss M". Garnering 3 Golden Globes for her films "The Rose", "For The Boys" and "Gypsy". Plus 3 Grammy Awards. She has enjoyed the most varied career and her ability to reach people has helped with her success and you'll hear throughout the next two hours.

Bette: From Broadway to Beaches. Johnnie Walker meets Bette Midler and on that journey discovers how the Hawaiian born Bette went from being voted at school "Miss Talkative" to "the Divine Miss M". Garnering 3 Golden Globes for her films "The Rose", "For The Boys" and "Gypsy". Plus 3 Grammy Awards. She has enjoyed the most varied career and her ability to reach people has helped with her success and you'll hear throughout the next two hours.

Blondie20170529

As Blondie release their new album Johnnie talks to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.

As they release their new eleventh album Pollinator, Johnnie talks to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein about the incredible history of Blondie and their own life stories. Debbie grew up in Paterson, New Jersey (as recently immortalised in the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name) listening to the girl bands of the 50s and 60s on the radio. Chris came from a more artistic liberal background in Brooklyn. They met in New York City, when Chris had just returned from his second visit to the United Kingdom and fallen in love with the growing reggae scene here.

Blondie's subsequent journey, which they discuss here, took them through punk, new wave, disco, hip-hop and pop and the 1970s to the present day in the company of the Velvet Underground, the owner of CBGBs, producers Giorgio Moroder, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and Richard Gere.

As Debbie says it's important to sound like yourself and Johnnie goes through their catalogue (which adds up to forty million album sales), including Parallel Lines, which he describes as about as perfect as an album could be. Denis, Dreaming, Maria, Rapture, Call Me and brand new tracks are also featured.

Bonnie Raitt2016053020161228 (R2)

Ten time Grammy winner and hugely respected musician, singer-songwriter and blues star Bonnie Raitt talks through her 45 year career, including her work with everyone from John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles to Paul Brady, John Prine and Bruce Hornsby.

She takes us through her early days as a civil rights protester, daughter of a Broadway singer and Quaker, being a student at Harvard and meeting John Lee Hooker and other blues giants at the age of 19 to her success with Luck Of The Draw, Nick Of Time, I Can't Make You Love Me and Thing Called Love, among many others.

Bonnie also brings us up to date with 2012's Slipstream and her twentieth album Dig In Deep.

Ten time Grammy winner and hugely respected musician, singer-songwriter and blues star Bonnie Raitt talks through her 45 year career, including her work with everyone from John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles to Paul Brady, John Prine and Bruce Hornsby.

She takes us through her early days as a civil rights protester, daughter of a Broadway singer and Quaker, being a student at Harvard and meeting John Lee Hooker and other blues giants at the age of 19 to her success with Luck Of The Draw, Nick Of Time, I Can't Make You Love Me and Thing Called Love, among many others.

Bonnie also brings us up to date with 2012's Slipstream and her twentieth album Dig In Deep.

Bruce Springsteen20131214

On the eve of his concert at the O2 arena in London, Bruce Springsteen talks to Johnnie Walker about his latest album and performing again with the E Street Band.

On the eve of his concert at the O2 arena in London, Bruce Springsteen talks to Johnnie Walker about his latest album and performing again with the E Street Band.

Bryan Ferry2012122620131130

Johnnie Walker celebrates 40 years of innovation and musical masterpieces with Bryan Ferry

Another chance to hear Johnnie Walker meeting one of our most successful and innovative artists last Christmas - the unique vocalist, songwriter and creative icon Bryan Ferry.

Johnnie celebrates Bryan's 40 years as a solo artist and founding creative force of Roxy Music, looking through his entire catalogue and hearing about his latest project The Jazz Age, which can be described as Bryan Ferry meets the roaring 20s.

It finds the Bryan Ferry Orchestra interpreting classics like Avalon, Do The Strand and Slave To Love, in the style of performers such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington. Bryan feels it's something that wouldn't be out of place at a party held by F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby.

Bryan discusses his jazz influenced childhood in County Durham at the end of the war, early music and art experimentation at Newcastle University and his incredible career, which started with the band Roxy, featuring Andy Mackay and Brian Eno, gaining airplay from John Peel, followed by a name change and a contract with Island Records.

There then follows 40 years of ground breaking albums, concerts and visual projects both as a solo artist and band leader. The set list of any Bryan Ferry concert could draw from Ladytron, Do The Strand, Pyjamarama, Editions Of You, A Song For Europe, Both Ends Burning, Dance Away, Slave To Love, A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, Smoke Gets In My Eyes, Oh Yeah, Virginia Plain, Love Is The Drug, Jealous Guy, and Avalon to name but a few. All original and yet instantly recognisable to a huge audience.

Carly Simon20161226

In an exclusive - and very candid - interview recorded at her Martha's Vineyard home, Carly Simon discusses life, love and her astonishingly diverse career with Johnnie Walker, offering an unique insight into her creativity and personality.

Additionally Simon opens the door on her turbulent marriage to James Taylor, revealing that the two no longer speak except through their children, and talks movingly about her disfunctional relationship with her father and the effect this had on her personal and professional lives. She is frank and forthcoming about her physical problems, including a childhood stammer and a late life struggle with breast cancer, her former and current lovers and her hopes for the future.

Carole King: Talking Tapestry20111230

New Yorker Carole King gained recognition in the 1960s in one of the most prolific songwriting teams in popular music. In partnership with lyricist and husband Gerry Goffin, she was responsible for such classics as Halfway to Paradise, One Fine Day, Up on the Roof, The Locomotion and Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Her songs were recorded by some of the biggest transatlantic pop stars of her generation and beyond - an illustrious list that includes The Beatles, The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Herman's Hermits, Dusty Springfield and Barbra Streisand.

But it was the 1971 release of her solo album Tapestry that saw Carole make the transition from a composer into a performer in her own right. The quadruple-grammy-winning disc saw Carole offer her personal take on tracks she's made into hits - like Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles), (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) and You've Got A Friend (popularised by her friend James Taylor)

In 2009, 38 years after the release of this landmark album, Carole made a rare visit to the UK and spoke candidly to Johnnie Walker. In this interview she talks about the making of Tapestry, her musical family, concerns for the environment, dealing with stage fright, and the legendary musicians - like Aretha Franklin - who made her songs their own.

Carole also illustrates her story with some impromptu performances on her trademark piano, the tool of her craft, as she offers a masterclass in songwriting and composing.

An in-depth conversation as Johnnie profiles the career of a true living legend.

New Yorker Carole King gained recognition in the 1960s in one of the most prolific songwriting teams in popular music. In partnership with lyricist and husband Gerry Goffin, she was responsible for such classics as Halfway to Paradise, One Fine Day, Up on the Roof, The Locomotion and Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Her songs were recorded by some of the biggest transatlantic pop stars of her generation and beyond - an illustrious list that includes The Beatles, The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Herman's Hermits, Dusty Springfield and Barbra Streisand.

But it was the 1971 release of her solo album Tapestry that saw Carole make the transition from a composer into a performer in her own right. The quadruple-grammy-winning disc saw Carole offer her personal take on tracks she's made into hits - like Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles), (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) and You've Got A Friend (popularised by her friend James Taylor)

In 2009, 38 years after the release of this landmark album, Carole made a rare visit to the UK and spoke candidly to Johnnie Walker. In this interview she talks about the making of Tapestry, her musical family, concerns for the environment, dealing with stage fright, and the legendary musicians - like Aretha Franklin - who made her songs their own.

Carole also illustrates her story with some impromptu performances on her trademark piano, the tool of her craft, as she offers a masterclass in songwriting and composing.

An in-depth conversation as Johnnie profiles the career of a true living legend.

Dolly Parton20141226

An exclusive interview with the country legend, touching on life, love and music.

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris And Linda Ronstadt2016082920160913 (R2)
20170412 (R2)

Johnnie Walker talks in depth to three of America's greatest singer-songwriters, who between them have sold more than 200 million records, won at least 20 Grammys and can sell out concert halls and arenas in moments.

Emmylou Harris proclaimed "it was a glorious sound" when she first sang with her friend Linda Ronstadt and their "favourite" singer Dolly Parton in 1975 at her house in LA. As you will hear, the harmonies blended as if they had been singing together from birth, creating what they called "the sisterhood of song". Dolly says just hearing the subsequent recordings still gives her chills. Many believe that they created what we now call Americana, with the Trio project.

Johnnie hears about those first meetings and the struggle to get their schedules aligned for two albums (released twelve years apart), plus the fun they had choosing the songs and who would sing them, working in the studio with some amazing musicians and winning awards and critical and audience acclaim, plus their thoughts on the other artists they covered - including Linda Thompson, Randy Newman, the Carter Family and Neil Young.

Trio is the perfect description for their equal and delicately balanced collaboration, as the albums remain their favourite works and are, in their own words, their enduring legacy.

Johnnie Walker talks in depth to three of America's greatest singer-songwriters, who between them have sold more than 200 million records, won at least 20 Grammys and can sell out concert halls and arenas in moments.

Emmylou Harris proclaimed "it was a glorious sound" when she first sang with her friend Linda Ronstadt and their "favourite" singer Dolly Parton in 1975 at her house in LA. As you will hear, the harmonies blended as if they had been singing together from birth, creating what they called "the sisterhood of song". Dolly says just hearing the subsequent recordings still gives her chills. Many believe that they created what we now call Americana, with the Trio project.

Johnnie hears about those first meetings and the struggle to get their schedules aligned for two albums (released twelve years apart), plus the fun they had choosing the songs and who would sing them, working in the studio with some amazing musicians and winning awards and critical and audience acclaim, plus their thoughts on the other artists they covered - including Linda Thompson, Randy Newman, the Carter Family and Neil Young.

Trio is the perfect description for their equal and delicately balanced collaboration, as the albums remain their favourite works and are, in their own words, their enduring legacy.

Elkie Brooks20170529

Elkie talks about her record breaking career and signature songs such as Pearl's a Singer.

Johnnie talks in depth to an artist who has had more Top 75 albums than any other British artist in the last two decades - she has opened for The Beatles, recorded with Jimmy Page, Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber, fronted a band with Robert Palmer and, as she celebrates more than 50 years in music, she continues to record and tour today - the extraordinary Elkie Brooks.

Elkie discusses her life and signature songs such as No More The Fool, Pearl's A Singer, Gasoline Alley and some brand new recordings.

Eric Clapton Special With Matt Everitt20180705

Matt Everitt talks to Eric Clapton about his life and career.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

Fleetwood Mac: Beyond The Rumours2014010120160101 (R2)

Beyond The Rumours - Johnnie Walker Meets Fleetwood Mac and unearths the truth Beyond and Behind the rumours.

In 2013, a packed audience at London's O2 Arena went wild as Fleetwood Mac welcomed on stage Christine McVie, completing the line-up of the band that produced one of the biggest selling albums of all times "Rumours".

The success of Fleetwood Mac, is without precedent considering the varying line ups. However, the constants include their remarkable drummer and "big daddy" of the group Mick Fleetwood and the "quiet man", bassist John McVie. Which is fortunate as that's how the band's name came about, combining their two surnames way back in 1967.

Across two hours Johnnie Walker speaks to Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and features a rare interview with, pianist and singer-songwriter Christine McVie. We learn how they all had their part to play in the jigsaw puzzle of Fleetwood Mac's enduring success. Despite the sometimes hedonistic lifestyle, divorces and ego clashes, they couldn't have produced decades of hit records without love and friendship.

Johnnie Walker takes us "Beyond The Rumours".

Genesis20141124

Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford famously met Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in the mid 60s and formed Genesis in 1967 as progressive rock and live performance pioneers.

Along the way they said farewell to friends like Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, but gained inspired guitarist Steve Hackett and a drama student and jazz drummer called Phil Collins.

It is testament to these mild mannered English gentleman that they have survived the departure (and occasional return) of Peter and Phil as lead vocalist and huge solo successes to remain friends and stay together. They have also stuck to their musical roots and principles enjoying both long songs and huge worldwide hits.

Now the three existing members - Tony, Mike and Phil join Johnnie Walker, in the same room, to talk in depth about all their albums, singles, tours and solo work. They talk frankly about being perhaps too ubiquitous in the 80s, changing drumming forever and welcoming each person's solo work as a building block for the success of the whole band. Naturally the subject of reunions and the future is not left out.

Genesis20141124

Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford famously met Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in the mid 60s and formed Genesis in 1967 as progressive rock and live performance pioneers.

Along the way they said farewell to friends like Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, but gained inspired guitarist Steve Hackett and a drama student and jazz drummer called Phil Collins.

It is testament to these mild mannered English gentleman that they have survived the departure (and occasional return) of Peter and Phil as lead vocalist and huge solo successes to remain friends and stay together. They have also stuck to their musical roots and principles enjoying both long songs and huge worldwide hits.

Now the three existing members - Tony, Mike and Phil join Johnnie Walker, in the same room, to talk in depth about all their albums, singles, tours and solo work. They talk frankly about being perhaps too ubiquitous in the 80s, changing drumming forever and welcoming each person's solo work as a building block for the success of the whole band. Naturally the subject of reunions and the future is not left out.

Genesis20141229

Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford famously met Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in the mid 60s and formed Genesis in 1967 as progressive rock and live performance pioneers.

Along the way they said farewell to friends like Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, but gained inspired guitarist Steve Hackett and a drama student and jazz drummer called Phil Collins.

It is testament to these mild mannered English gentlemen that they have survived the departure (and occasional return) of Peter and Phil as lead vocalist and huge solo successes to remain friends and stay together. They have also stuck to their musical roots and principles enjoying both long songs and huge worldwide hits.

Now the three existing members - Tony, Mike and Phil join Johnnie Walker, in the same room, to talk in depth about all their albums, singles, tours and solo work. They talk frankly about being perhaps too ubiquitous in the 80s, changing drumming forever and welcoming each person's solo work as a building block for the success of the whole band. Naturally the subject of reunions and the future is not left out.

This is an extended version of the programme that was broadcast in November, with additional music and interviews.

Genesis20141229

Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford famously met Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in the mid 60s and formed Genesis in 1967 as progressive rock and live performance pioneers.

Along the way they said farewell to friends like Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, but gained inspired guitarist Steve Hackett and a drama student and jazz drummer called Phil Collins.

It is testament to these mild mannered English gentlemen that they have survived the departure (and occasional return) of Peter and Phil as lead vocalist and huge solo successes to remain friends and stay together. They have also stuck to their musical roots and principles enjoying both long songs and huge worldwide hits.

Now the three existing members - Tony, Mike and Phil join Johnnie Walker, in the same room, to talk in depth about all their albums, singles, tours and solo work. They talk frankly about being perhaps too ubiquitous in the 80s, changing drumming forever and welcoming each person's solo work as a building block for the success of the whole band. Naturally the subject of reunions and the future is not left out.

This is an extended version of the programme that was broadcast in November, with additional music and interviews.

James Taylor2015052420150526 (R2)
20151231 (R2)

talks in depth about his life and career and plays live in session.

talks in depth about his extraordinary life and career, leading up to his first new studio album in thirteen years Before This World.

James also plays new material and classics from the 1970s live in session, with some of his touring band, at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

Topics include family, addiction, being the first signed artist to the Beatles Apple record label and friendships with Peter Asher, Carole King, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and the actor Warren Oates.

Johnnie and James remember classic tracks from albums like Gorilla and Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon and singles, like Handyman, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain, that have touched all our lives.

talks in depth about his extraordinary life and career, leading up to his first new studio album in thirteen years Before This World.

James also plays new material and classics from the 1970s live in session, with some of his touring band, at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

Topics include family, addiction, being the first signed artist to the Beatles Apple record label and friendships with Peter Asher, Carole King, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and the actor Warren Oates.

Johnnie and James remember classic tracks from albums like Gorilla and Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon and singles, like Handyman, Carolina In My Mind, Sweet Baby James and Fire and Rain, that have touched all our lives.

talks in depth about his life and career and plays live in session.

Jimmy Page20151230

OBE talks about his incredible career and influences. As well as his encyclopedic knowledge of music he also has an incredible memory about the many sessions he performed for the likes of Van Morrison and Them, The Kinks, The Who and Shirley Bassey.

Jimmy also guides Johnnie through his work with the Yardbirds and his friend Jeff Beck and the initial plans, with John Entwistle and Keith Moon, to form a supergroup that would, in the words of Moon, go down like a lead balloon, with Pete Townshend at least.

Jimmy talks about the infamous concert tours, recent reformation and classic recordings of Led Zeppelin and his friends and co-founders Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

OBE talks about his incredible career and influences. As well as his encyclopedic knowledge of music he also has an incredible memory about the many sessions he performed for the likes of Van Morrison and Them, The Kinks, The Who and Shirley Bassey.

Jimmy also guides Johnnie through his work with the Yardbirds and his friend Jeff Beck and the initial plans, with John Entwistle and Keith Moon, to form a supergroup that would, in the words of Moon, go down like a lead balloon, with Pete Townshend at least.

Jimmy talks about the infamous concert tours, recent reformation and classic recordings of Led Zeppelin and his friends and co-founders Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.

Johnnie Walker Meets Alice Cooper20171228

Alice talks about his beautifully warped hits, scary alter-ego and shocking stage show.

Johnnie Walker meets the inimitable King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, who is back with his first album of original material in six years. They talk about his beautifully warped classics like School's Out, Elected, I'm Eighteen and Poison, his scary alter-ego and legendary, shocking, theatrical stage show (where his tongue is always firmly in his cheek, something that he says British audiences always understand).

Despite being seen as public enemy number one by concerned parents and the establishment in the 70s, Alice is actually one of the most intelligent, funny and warm raconteurs in the rock business. As Johnnie discovers, his friends have included Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. What's more he is not scared to sleep with Yvonne the Boa Constrictor in his hotel room, even if she did once escape into the plumbing system. Alice also sets the record straight about his interaction with Mary Whitehouse. So get ready for a brilliant hour of great stories, wisdom and music from the master.

Johnnie Walker Meets Blondie2017052920180621 (R2)

When Blondie released their album Pollinator Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

When they released their eleventh album Pollinator in 2017, Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein about the incredible history of Blondie and their own life stories. Debbie grew up in Paterson, New Jersey (as recently immortalised in the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name) listening to the girl bands of the 50s and 60s on the radio. Chris came from a more artistic liberal background in Brooklyn. They met in New York City, when Chris had just returned from his second visit to the United Kingdom and fallen in love with the growing reggae scene here.

Blondie's subsequent journey, which they discuss here, took them through punk, new wave, disco, hip-hop and pop and the 1970s to the present day in the company of the Velvet Underground, the owner of CBGBs, producers Giorgio Moroder, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and Richard Gere.

As Debbie says it's important to sound like yourself and Johnnie goes through their catalogue (which adds up to forty million album sales), including Parallel Lines, which he describes as about as perfect as an album could be. Denis, Dreaming, Maria, Rapture, Call Me and brand new tracks are also featured.

When Blondie released their new album, Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

Earlier in the year when they released their new eleventh album Pollinator, Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein about the incredible history of Blondie and their own life stories. Debbie grew up in Paterson, New Jersey (as recently immortalised in the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name) listening to the girl bands of the 50s and 60s on the radio. Chris came from a more artistic liberal background in Brooklyn. They met in New York City, when Chris had just returned from his second visit to the United Kingdom and fallen in love with the growing reggae scene here.

Blondie's subsequent journey, which they discuss here, took them through punk, new wave, disco, hip-hop and pop and the 1970s to the present day in the company of the Velvet Underground, the owner of CBGBs, producers Giorgio Moroder, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and Richard Gere.

As Debbie says it's important to sound like yourself and Johnnie goes through their catalogue (which adds up to forty million album sales), including Parallel Lines, which he describes as about as perfect as an album could be. Denis, Dreaming, Maria, Rapture, Call Me and brand new tracks are also featured.

Johnnie Walker Meets Blondie20171228

When Blondie released their new album, Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.

Earlier in the year when they released their new eleventh album Pollinator, Johnnie spoke to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein about the incredible history of Blondie and their own life stories. Debbie grew up in Paterson, New Jersey (as recently immortalised in the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name) listening to the girl bands of the 50s and 60s on the radio. Chris came from a more artistic liberal background in Brooklyn. They met in New York City, when Chris had just returned from his second visit to the United Kingdom and fallen in love with the growing reggae scene here.

Blondie's subsequent journey, which they discuss here, took them through punk, new wave, disco, hip-hop and pop and the 1970s to the present day in the company of the Velvet Underground, the owner of CBGBs, producers Giorgio Moroder, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and Richard Gere.

As Debbie says it's important to sound like yourself and Johnnie goes through their catalogue (which adds up to forty million album sales), including Parallel Lines, which he describes as about as perfect as an album could be. Denis, Dreaming, Maria, Rapture, Call Me and brand new tracks are also featured.

Johnnie Walker Meets Bryan Ferry20121226

Johnnie Walker celebrates 40 years of innovation and musical masterpieces with Bryan Ferry

Johnnie Walker Meets Jimmy Webb Part 120180517

Johnnie meets Jimmy Webb as he plays his way throughout his hit making history.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

In the first of 2 one hour programmes Johnnie Walker discovers the stories behind the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration. Apart from Burt Bacharach and Hal David, he was one of the first songwriters to be recognised for his achievements and the luminaries who have sung his songs include his long-time collaborator Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt amongst the many. He has been labelled as the "Cole Porter of The Stars" or worse "Pop Music's Mozart". He was "the son of a preacher man" and was restless to break into the World of popular music penning hits as diverse as "MacArthur Park" to "Up Up And Away". We learn how and when he met his idols Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley and how he devised the achingly beautiful lyrics "I need you more than want you and I want you for all time" in "Wichita Lineman" and the bizarre "someone's left the cake out in the rain" for "MacArthur Park", which may have been credited to the poet WH Auden. It's a fascinating tale which Jimmy Webb tells by way of the keyboard and a frank chat with Johnnie Walker.

Johnnie Walker Meets Jimmy Webb Part 220180524

Johnnie meets Jimmy Webb as he plays his way throughout his hit making history.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

In the second of 2 one hour programmes, Jimmy Webb tells us how he turned down a lucrative deal to star in Las Vegas and opted for the rock and roll roots of the Monterey Pop Festival playing with the notorious Wrecking Crew. He talks about coming to England and meeting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His lyrics continued to mesmerise with songs like "Didn't We" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Johnnie Walker sits beside him as he plays his songs and tells their stories at his beloved keyboard.

Johnnie Walker Meets Sir Elton John And Bernie Taupin20171112

Johnnie meets two of the greatest composers in modern music Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Johnnie Walker meets two of the greatest composers in modern music - Sir Elton John and his lifelong friend and collaborator Bernie Taupin - as they celebrate 50 years of working together.

In 1967 they both answered the same advertisement looking for songwriters in the NME in London. Bernie travelled down from his home in Lincolnshire to lodge with Elton's family in Pinner. They failed the subsequent audition, but have gone on to create more than 30 albums together, and multimillion selling songs including Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Your Song and I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.

At his 60th Birthday Madison Square Garden Concert, Elton told the audience that without Taupin there probably wouldn't be an Elton John.

Bernie talks about how proud he is that Elton calls him the brother he never had, the excitement of the early years on the road and their world conquering golden years and being part of the band, even though he never played an instrument on stage. He also describes how much he enjoys their collaborations and his love for Americana in all forms.

Elton talks about the freshness he feels both performing Bernie's timeless lyrics and composing new material with him. They both talk about the meaning and the creation of many of their signature songs.

Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time with Candle In The Wind. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Johnnie Walker Meets Sir Elton John And Bernie Taupin20180101

Johnnie meets two of the greatest composers in modern music Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Johnnie Walker meets two of the greatest composers in modern music - Sir Elton John and his lifelong friend and collaborator Bernie Taupin - as they celebrate 50 years of working together.

In 1967 they both answered the same advertisement looking for songwriters in the NME in London. Bernie travelled down from his home in Lincolnshire to lodge with Elton's family in Pinner. They failed the subsequent audition, but have gone on to create more than 30 albums together, and multimillion selling songs including Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Your Song and I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.

At his 60th Birthday Madison Square Garden Concert, Elton told the audience that without Taupin there probably wouldn't be an Elton John.

Bernie talks about how proud he is that Elton calls him the brother he never had, the excitement of the early years on the road and their world conquering golden years and being part of the band, even though he never played an instrument on stage. He also describes how much he enjoys their collaborations and his love for Americana in all forms.

Elton talks about the freshness he feels both performing Bernie's timeless lyrics and composing new material with him. They both talk about the meaning and the creation of many of their signature songs.

Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time with Candle In The Wind. Since launching his first tour in 1970, Elton has over 4,000 performances in more than 80 countries to his credit. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Johnnie Walker Meets Sting, Two Englishmen In New York20111229

As he reaches sixty, Sting looks back over a solo career spanning twenty-five years. Johnnie Walker travels to New York to sit down with an Englishman who penned an ode to staying true to one's identity in the world's most iconic city.

The musical superstar is in a philosophical mood as he talks to Johnnie about forty years in the music business, focusing largely on his solo career after the break-up of the hugely successful group The Police in 1984. He's recently released a definitive box set collection, celebrating 25 years as a solo artist, and is in the middle of another world tour, called fittingly for The Police's former bass guitarist, Back to Bass.

As a solo artist Sting has had 21 UK Top 40 hits, picked up eleven Grammy Awards and put out ten studio albums, featuring much loved hits from Englishman In New York to Fields of Gold. He's experimented with styles and sounds from jazz to bossa nova to country and gospel, and recorded successful collaborations with the likes of Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Mary J Blige.

To a soundtrack of Sting's often very personal solo tracks, Johnnie talks to Sting about his childhood, family life, political activism, his passion for his charity work, and his incredible solo success. The interview first broadcast in two-parts in November 2011.

As he reaches sixty, Sting talks to Johnnie Walker about 25 years as a solo artist.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Albert Hammond20171229

Johnnie Walker meets Albert Hammond - the greatest songwriter you've never heard of.

Johnnie Walker Meets the Greatest Songwriter you've never heard of, but this man has had writing credits on over 360 million records, he's been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, won an Ivor Novello Award for his outstanding song collection and has been awarded the OBE, it's said that he doesn't just write songs, he writes classics. Albert Hammond brought his guitar along to play and talk through his many hits from a catalogue of over a thousand songs. You'll hear the touching story behind "The Air That I Breathe" and how it influenced Radiohead to write "Creep". How he persuaded Leo Sayer to sing his number one hit "When I Need You" and how after writing the Emmy Award winning "One Moment In Time", he envisaged Elvis Presley singing it not Whitney Houston! The artists who have covered his work include The Carpenters, Diana Ross, The Hollies, Julio Iglesias, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and many more and after his early collaboration with Mike Hazlewood, he went on to write with the biggest names in the business such as Hal David and Carole Bayer Sager. He is quite simply a genius and for the next two hours you'll hear why.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Alice Cooper20170828
Johnnie Walker Meets... Alice Cooper20170912
Johnnie Walker Meets... Alice Cooper20170912

Alice talks about his beautifully warped hits, scary alter-ego and shocking stage show.

Johnnie Walker meets the inimitable King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, who is back with his first album of original material in six years. They talk about his beautifully warped classics like School's Out, Elected, I'm Eighteen and Poison, his scary alter-ego and legendary, shocking, theatrical stage show (where his tongue is always firmly in his cheek, something that he says British audiences always understand).

Despite being seen as public enemy number one by concerned parents and the establishment in the 70s, Alice is actually one of the most intelligent, funny and warm raconteurs in the rock business. As Johnnie discovers, his friends have included Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. What's more he is not scared to sleep with Yvonne the Boa Constrictor in his hotel room, even if she did once escape into the plumbing system. Alice also sets the record straight about the infamous chicken stage incident in Toronto and his interaction with Mary Whitehouse. So get ready for a brilliant hour of great stories, wisdom and music from the master.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Blondie20170529

As Blondie release their new album Johnnie talks to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.

As they release their new eleventh album Pollinator, Johnnie talks to Debbie Harry and Chris Stein about the incredible history of Blondie and their own life stories. Debbie grew up in Paterson, New Jersey (as recently immortalised in the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name) listening to the girl bands of the 50s and 60s on the radio. Chris came from a more artistic liberal background in Brooklyn. They met in New York City, when Chris had just returned from his second visit to the United Kingdom and fallen in love with the growing reggae scene here.

Blondie's subsequent journey, which they discuss here, took them through punk, new wave, disco, hip-hop and pop and the 1970s to the present day in the company of the Velvet Underground, the owner of CBGBs, producers Giorgio Moroder, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and Richard Gere.

As Debbie says it's important to sound like yourself and Johnnie goes through their catalogue (which adds up to forty million album sales), including Parallel Lines, which he describes as about as perfect as an album could be. Denis, Dreaming, Maria, Rapture, Call Me and brand new tracks are also featured.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Elkie Brooks20170529

Elkie talks about her record breaking career and signature songs such as Pearl's a Singer.

Johnnie talks in depth to an artist who has had more Top 75 albums than any other British artist in the last two decades - she has opened for The Beatles, recorded with Jimmy Page, Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber, fronted a band with Robert Palmer and, as she celebrates more than 50 years in music, she continues to record and tour today - the extraordinary Elkie Brooks.

Elkie discusses her life and signature songs such as No More The Fool, Pearl's A Singer, Gasoline Alley and some brand new recordings.

Johnnie Walker Meets... Elkie Brooks20170912
Johnnie Walker Meets... Elkie Brooks20170912

Elkie talks about her record breaking career and signature songs such as Pearl's a Singer.

Johnnie talks in depth to an artist who has had more Top 75 albums than any other British artist in the last two decades - she has opened for The Beatles, recorded with Jimmy Page, Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber, fronted a band with Robert Palmer and, as she celebrates more than 50 years in music, she continues to record and tour today - the extraordinary Elkie Brooks.

Elkie discusses her life and signature songs such as No More The Fool, Pearl's A Singer, Gasoline Alley and some brand new recordings.

Johnnie Walker Meets... The Bbc's Pop Pioneers20170919

Johnnie relives the early days of BBC pop broadcasting with fellow pirates and pioneers.

Johnnie relives the early days of BBC radio pop broadcasting with fellow pirates who left the high seas for Portland Place - Keith Skues, Emperor Rosko and Tony Blackburn alongside former Radio 1 controller and opening morning producer Johnny Beerling, David Symonds and current Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale.

Johnnie will also pay tribute to the first voice on Radio 2 - Paul Hollingdale, who sadly passed away recently. You'll also hear archive clips from the opening morning on both stations, shows from the period like Top Gear and Junior Choice and songs that were making the charts in the summer of love.

Johnnie Walker Meets... The Pirates20170814

Johnnie celebrates the excitement and energy of the groundbreaking pirate radio shows.

Johnnie celebrates the excitement and energy and ground breaking shows of the early pirate radio stations like Radio London, Radio Caroline and Radio 270.

Joined by his friends and colleagues 'Admiral' Robbie Dale (who along with Johnnie remained on board after midnight on the 14th August when the Marine Offences Bill passed into law, broadcasting illegally to an estimated European audience of 22 million), Tom Edwards (who left Caroline on the 14th), Pete Brady, Roger Twiggy Day, Keith Cardboard Shoes Skues, Emperor Rosko, Paul Burnett and Tony Blackburn, who worked on both Caroline and London, Johnnie will play some of 1967's key tracks on the medium wave and pay tribute to Kenny Everett and Ed Stewart.

Mark Knopfler2015052520161229 (R2)

talks in depth to Johnnie Walker about his hugely successful career as a solo artist and member of Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies, his collaborations with people like Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Chet Atkins and Emmylou Harris and his work as a film soundtrack composer.

Mark also discusses his earlier jobs and musical adventures, the first steps of Dire Straits and his childhood, especially his first treasured guitar and the vinyl singles and performances from the Everly Brothers, Hank Marvin and Duane Eddy, which sent him down a path that led to 125 million record sales.

Mark will talk us through all the key tracks from his life (both influences and compositions) and his most recent, eighth solo album Tracker.

He talks about the thrill of tracking down subject matter, tracking down an idea, investigating the whole thing, as he prepares to write and work in the studio.

Tracker also contains a new cast of characters drawn from Mark's endless fascination with people, both real and imagined, and places and times in his own life.

Co-produced with his longtime confidant Guy Fletcher, it features frequent collaborators, such as John McCusker on fiddle and cittern, Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, bassist Glenn Worf and drummer Ian Thomas.

The record also features the fruits of newer friendships, for example two elegant saxophone cameos by Nigel Hitchcock on River Towns and Wherever I Go. The latter song closes the album and features Mark duetting with singer-songwriter Ruth Moody (famous for her work with the Wailin' Jennys).

Mark Knopfler. Johnnie Walker talks to Mark Knopfler.

Johnnie Walker talks to Mark Knopfler.

Neil Diamond: New York City Born And Raised2011070420111228

New York City born and raised - Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond and celebrates his life and music from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn to headlining around the World. On Independence Day, Johnnie talks to Neil about his American roots which led him to write the anthemic "America" and his move from New York to California, spawning the deeply moving "I Am I Said". He asks what inspired Neil to pick up a guitar and write such classics as "Solitary Man", "Shilo", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Love on the Rocks".

Johnnie Walker meets singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, who discusses his life and career.

Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond and celebrates his life and music, from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to headlining around the world.

Neil talks about his American roots, which led him to write the anthemic America and his move from New York to California, spawning the deeply moving I Am I Said. He asks what inspired Neil to pick up a guitar and write such classics as Solitary Man, Shilo, You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Love On The Rocks.

This interview first broadcast on Radio 2 in July 2011.

New York City Born And Raised - Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond.

New York City born and raised - Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond and celebrates his life and music from his humble beginnings in Brooklyn to headlining around the World.

On Independence Day, Johnnie talks to Neil about his American roots which led him to write the anthemic "America" and his move from New York to California, spawning the deeply moving "I Am I Said".

He asks what inspired Neil to pick up a guitar and write such classics as "Solitary Man", "Shilo", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Love on the Rocks".

Johnnie Walker meets singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, who discusses his life and career.

Neil Diamond: New York City Born And Raised20111228

Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond and celebrates his life and music, from humble beginnings in Brooklyn to headlining around the world.

Neil talks about his American roots, which led him to write the anthemic America and his move from New York to California, spawning the deeply moving I Am I Said. He asks what inspired Neil to pick up a guitar and write such classics as Solitary Man, Shilo, You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Love On The Rocks.

This interview first broadcast on Radio 2 in July 2011.

New York City Born And Raised - Johnnie Walker meets Neil Diamond.

Neil Sedaka2010122820131123

Another chance to hear Neil Sedaka, recorded in conversation with Johnnie Walker at the BBC Radio Theatre. In a documentary, that was originally broadcast in two-parts earlier this year, the American singer-songwriter charts his life story with anecdotes and music.

Playing many of his hits at the piano, Neil remembers studying at the world famous Juilliard School in New York; signing to Atlantic Records; working at The Brill Building with songwriting greats like Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and enjoying ten US top ten hits in a row.

With the British Invasion of the American music charts, Neil's homespun style of songwriting proved less popular, so he decided to reverse the invasion and try his luck in England, where he signed to Elton John's Rocket Record label and produced the aptly-titled album Sedaka's Back. The story is brought up-to-date with details of Neil's latest projects, including his first symphonic piece, Joie de Vivre, and his plans for the future.

Another chance to hear Neil Sedaka, recorded in conversation with Johnnie Walker at the BBC Radio Theatre. In a documentary, that was originally broadcast in two-parts earlier this year, the American singer-songwriter charts his life story with anecdotes and music.

Playing many of his hits at the piano, Neil remembers studying at the world famous Juilliard School in New York; signing to Atlantic Records; working at The Brill Building with songwriting greats like Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and enjoying ten US top ten hits in a row.

With the British Invasion of the American music charts, Neil's homespun style of songwriting proved less popular, so he decided to reverse the invasion and try his luck in England, where he signed to Elton John's Rocket Record label and produced the aptly-titled album Sedaka's Back. The story is brought up-to-date with details of Neil's latest projects, including his first symphonic piece, Joie de Vivre, and his plans for the future.

One Vision: Johnnie Walker Meets Queen2011082920111227

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May, as the band celebrate their 40th year in the music industry.

We hear the story of four very different musicians, with "One Vision" and one very distinctive sound. Their accolades are well charted: they've had eighteen number one albums, they were the first rock band to make singing along OK, and they made history with their show-stealing performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history.

We'll hear many of their classic hits and memorable album tracks, with some unique insights from the original members.

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May.

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May, as the band celebrate their 40th year in the music industry.

We hear the story of four very different musicians, with "One Vision" and one very distinctive sound. Their accolades are well charted: they've had eighteen number one albums, they were the first rock band to make singing along OK, and they made history with their show-stealing performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history.

We'll hear many of their classic hits and memorable album tracks, with some unique insights from the original members. This interview first broadcast on Radio 2 in August 2011.

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May.

We hear the story of four very different musicians, with "One Vision" and one very distinctive sound.

Their accolades are well charted: they've had eighteen number one albums, they were the first rock band to make singing along OK, and they made history with their show-stealing performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history.

We'll hear many of their classic hits and memorable album tracks, with some unique insights from the original members.

One Vision: Johnnie Walker Meets Queen20111227

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May, as the band celebrate their 40th year in the music industry.

We hear the story of four very different musicians, with "One Vision" and one very distinctive sound. Their accolades are well charted: they've had eighteen number one albums, they were the first rock band to make singing along OK, and they made history with their show-stealing performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, widely regarded as one of the greatest in rock history.

We'll hear many of their classic hits and memorable album tracks, with some unique insights from the original members. This interview first broadcast on Radio 2 in August 2011.

Johnnie Walker speaks to Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May.

Part 1 - Glen Campbell, Fifth Dimension, The Supremes2018051720180529 (R2)

Johnnie meets Jimmy Webb as he plays his way throughout his hit making history.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

In the first of 2 one hour programmes Johnnie Walker discovers the stories behind the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for his music, lyrics and orchestration. Apart from Burt Bacharach and Hal David, he was one of the first songwriters to be recognised for his achievements and the luminaries who have sung his songs include his long-time collaborator Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand and Linda Ronstadt amongst the many. He has been labelled as the "Cole Porter of The Stars" or worse "Pop Music's Mozart". He was "the son of a preacher man" and was restless to break into the World of popular music penning hits as diverse as "MacArthur Park" to "Up Up And Away". We learn how and when he met his idols Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley and how he devised the achingly beautiful lyrics "I need you more than want you and I want you for all time" in "Wichita Lineman" and the bizarre "someone's left the cake out in the rain" for "MacArthur Park", which may have been credited to the poet WH Auden. It's a fascinating tale which Jimmy Webb tells by way of the keyboard and a frank chat with Johnnie Walker.

Part 22018052420180529 (R2)

Johnnie meets Jimmy Webb as he plays his way throughout his hit making history.

Johnnie Walker talks to music legends about their long and fascinating careers

In the second of 2 one hour programmes, Jimmy Webb tells us how he turned down a lucrative deal to star in Las Vegas and opted for the rock and roll roots of the Monterey Pop Festival playing with the notorious Wrecking Crew. He talks about coming to England and meeting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His lyrics continued to mesmerise with songs like "Didn't We" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Johnnie Walker sits beside him as he plays his songs and tells their stories at his beloved keyboard.

Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Paul20111024

Paul Simon talks to Johnnie Walker about his long career in music. This interview first broadcast in May 2011 and is repeated in the same month he releases his 70th Birthday Collection.

It's been over 50 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first troubled the charts with their pop hit Hey Schoolgirl, which was released under the moniker Tom and Jerry. Johnnie finds out how, at nearly 16 years old, Paul Simon found himself performing for Dick Clark on the hit TV show American Bandstand. The singer-songwriter went on to pen pop standards like Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson and You Can Call Me Al, and he was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Shaped The World".

Simon talks openly about his relationship with his father, his time UK during the 60s, his work with Art Garfunkel and immense solo success and, and the writing of his new album So Beautiful Or So What.

The pair bond over the importance of family and Paul's long-lasting love affair with rhythm and song-writing, during an interview which was recorded in Norwalk Connecticut during rehearsals for Paul's 2011 tour.

Paul Simon talks to Johnnie Walker about his long career in music.

This interview first broadcast in May 2011 and is repeated in the same month he releases his 70th Birthday Collection.

It's been over 50 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first troubled the charts with their pop hit Hey Schoolgirl, which was released under the moniker Tom and Jerry.

Johnnie finds out how, at nearly 16 years old, Paul Simon found himself performing for Dick Clark on the hit TV show American Bandstand.

The singer-songwriter went on to pen pop standards like Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson and You Can Call Me Al, and he was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "100 People Who Shaped The World".

Peter Kay20161230

Recently Peter Kay contacted Johnnie Walker directly, saying that he was a lifelong fan of his radio shows, which was lovely for Johnnie to hear as he is a huge fan of Peter and his many shows, performances, charitable works and achievements.

They got chatting over the phone about Johnnie's Sounds of the 70s show and music in general, and Johnnie came up with the idea of recording a special two hour show, driving around Bolton and Manchester, whilst having a chat, a pasty from Peter's favourite bakery and lots of laughs as they sang along to their favourite records on the car stereo system.

You can tell that Peter loves radio from the station Forever FM, which he created for his BBC series Car Share. As Peter tells Johnnie, music and the radio station were a big part of the show, becoming the third character.

Their playlist includes Gary US Bonds, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, The Drifters, Mike and The Mechanics, Simon and Garfunkel and Van Morrison.

Phil Collins20161227

discusses his life and career in a candid, hilarious and fascinating special with Johnnie, after recently announcing his return to the live arena, reissuing his solo back catalogue and writing his autobiography Not Dead Yet.

This includes what he calls camera shutter moments - the early family fun on the river Thames, the acting, the music, the hits, the misses, his inability to say no to work, his marriages and divorces and the tabloid headlines. Phil ultimately brings us around to today's happiness, in both his personal and professional life.

Phil started his career as a child actor and remembers the occasion when he ended up on the cutting room floor (with the Fab Four).

The early music breaks also feature large in this chat - seeing Cream in London during the swinging 60s, one of his first sessions - working with another solo Beatle (and again getting cut out of the finished album) and the moment when the light bulbs came on above the heads of Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford (during the unnecessary auditions for a replacement singer in Genesis), after Peter Gabriel left. He also goes into detail about the personal and technical feelings and milestones, which determined the path of his solo career.

Above all, as one of the few people to sell more than 100 million records worldwide, Phil goes through his amazing solo success, creating the extraordinary In The Air Tonight, working with royalty, Disney and his idols The Who and Eric Clapton, amongst many others.

ProducerMark Simpson.

Phil Collins discusses his life and career in a candid, hilarious and fascinating special with Johnnie, after recently announcing his return to the live arena, reissuing his solo back catalogue and writing his autobiography Not Dead Yet.

This includes what he calls camera shutter moments - the early family fun on the river Thames, the acting, the music, the hits, the misses, his inability to say no to work, his marriages and divorces and the tabloid headlines. Phil ultimately brings us around to today's happiness, in both his personal and professional life.

Phil started his career as a child actor and remembers the occasion when he ended up on the cutting room floor (with the Fab Four).

The early music breaks also feature large in this chat - seeing Cream in London during the swinging 60s, one of his first sessions - working with another solo Beatle (and again getting cut out of the finished album) and the moment when the light bulbs came on above the heads of Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford (during the unnecessary auditions for a replacement singer in Genesis), after Peter Gabriel left. He also goes into detail about the personal and technical feelings and milestones, which determined the path of his solo career.

Above all, as one of the few people to sell more than 100 million records worldwide, Phil goes through his amazing solo success, creating the extraordinary In The Air Tonight, working with royalty, Disney and his idols The Who and Eric Clapton, amongst many others.

ProducerMark Simpson.

Priscilla Presley2015082720151221 (R2)

Johnnie Walker talks to Priscilla Presley about her life with one of the music world's greatest figures - Elvis Presley.

Highlights include her childhood and military background, their first meeting in Germany, his love of gospel and opera and Elvis's career highlights, especially the 68 Comeback Special and a new album project mixing his powerful vocal delivery with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at Abbey Road studios.

Priscilla talks in depth about Elvis, the southern gentleman, who helped her get used to fame, poured his heart out to her and was, to this day, the love of her life.

This programme was first broadcast in August this year.

Johnnie talks to Priscilla Presley about her life with Elvis, including her childhood and military background, their first meeting in Germany and his love of gospel and opera.

Johnnie Walker talks to Priscilla Presley about her life with one of the music world's greatest figures - Elvis Presley.

Highlights include her childhood and military background, their first meeting in Germany, his love of gospel and opera and Elvis's career highlights, especially the 68 Comeback Special and a new album project mixing his powerful vocal delivery with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded at Abbey Road studios.

Priscilla talks in depth about Elvis, the southern gentleman, who helped her get used to fame, poured his heart out to her and was, to this day, the love of her life.

This programme was first broadcast in August this year.

Johnnie talks to Priscilla Presley about her life with Elvis, including her childhood and military background, their first meeting in Germany and his love of gospel and opera.

Rocking All Over The Years20121227

From The Scorpions, to The Spectres and now 50 years on they've reached the Status Quo. Johnnie Walker marks the event by talking to the original "Frantic Four".

He journeys back to 1962 where in the second year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, in Beckenham, Kent, a schoolboy; Francis Rossi, teams up with fellow orchestra member Alan Lancaster to form The Scorpions. A year later they change their name to The Spectres and at rehearsals in the Air Cadets base, Dulwich, South London they recruit drummer John Coghlan. But it wasn't until a meeting at Butlin's in Minehead when Rick Parfitt the final member of the "Frantic Four", was introduced to the band which became Status Quo in 1967.

Francis, Alan, John and Rick recall that time, their closeness, the laughter and their break-up. Their rise to fame, wasn't instant but this record-breaking band have worldwide record sales of over 118 million, they've recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which hit the Top Ten. Despite continuously being on the rock and pop map, they enjoyed a resurgence in 1985 when they opened Live Aid at Wembley, with Rocking All Over The World.

They have just finished a UK Tour with their current line-up. But next March Francis, Alan, John and Rick will regroup for their tour called "Status Quo - The Legendary Frantic Four", who are still Rocking All Over The Years.

Rocking All Over The Years20121227

From The Scorpions, to The Spectres and now 50 years on they've reached the Status Quo. Johnnie Walker marks the event by talking to the original "Frantic Four".

He journeys back to 1962 where in the second year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, in Beckenham, Kent, a schoolboy; Francis Rossi, teams up with fellow orchestra member Alan Lancaster to form The Scorpions. A year later they change their name to The Spectres and at rehearsals in the Air Cadets base, Dulwich, South London they recruit drummer John Coghlan. But it wasn't until a meeting at Butlin's in Minehead when Rick Parfitt the final member of the "Frantic Four", was introduced to the band which became Status Quo in 1967.

Francis, Alan, John and Rick recall that time, their closeness, the laughter and their break-up. Their rise to fame, wasn't instant but this record-breaking band have worldwide record sales of over 118 million, they've recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which hit the Top Ten. Despite continuously being on the rock and pop map, they enjoyed a resurgence in 1985 when they opened Live Aid at Wembley, with Rocking All Over The World.

They have just finished a UK Tour with their current line-up. But next March Francis, Alan, John and Rick will regroup for their tour called "Status Quo - The Legendary Frantic Four", who are still Rocking All Over The Years.

Rocking All Over The Years2014102020161229 (R2)

From The Scorpions, to The Spectres and now 50 years on they've reached the Status Quo. Johnnie Walker marks the event by talking to the original "Frantic Four".

He journeys back to 1962 where in the second year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, in Beckenham, Kent, a schoolboy; Francis Rossi, teams up with fellow orchestra member Alan Lancaster to form The Scorpions. A year later they change their name to The Spectres and at rehearsals in the Air Cadets base, Dulwich, South London they recruit drummer John Coghlan. But it wasn't until a meeting at Butlin's in Minehead when Rick Parfitt the final member of the "Frantic Four", was introduced to the band which became Status Quo in 1967.

Francis, Alan, John and Rick recall that time, their closeness, the laughter and their break-up. Their rise to fame, wasn't instant but this record-breaking band have worldwide record sales of over 118 million, they've recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which hit the Top Ten. Despite continuously being on the rock and pop map, they enjoyed a resurgence in 1985 when they opened Live Aid at Wembley, with Rocking All Over The World.

Rocking All Over The Years2014102020161229 (R2)

From The Scorpions, to The Spectres and now 50 years on they've reached the Status Quo. Johnnie Walker marks the event by talking to the original "Frantic Four".

He journeys back to 1962 where in the second year at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, in Beckenham, Kent, a schoolboy; Francis Rossi, teams up with fellow orchestra member Alan Lancaster to form The Scorpions. A year later they change their name to The Spectres and at rehearsals in the Air Cadets base, Dulwich, South London they recruit drummer John Coghlan. But it wasn't until a meeting at Butlin's in Minehead when Rick Parfitt the final member of the "Frantic Four", was introduced to the band which became Status Quo in 1967.

Francis, Alan, John and Rick recall that time, their closeness, the laughter and their break-up. Their rise to fame, wasn't instant but this record-breaking band have worldwide record sales of over 118 million, they've recorded 64 British hit singles - more than any other band - 22 of which hit the Top Ten. Despite continuously being on the rock and pop map, they enjoyed a resurgence in 1985 when they opened Live Aid at Wembley, with Rocking All Over The World.

Rod Stewart2015083120151228 (R2)

Johnnie Walker is in conversation with one of our greatest performers and songwriters, whose voice is just as distinctive and strong now as it was with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces in the 60s and 70s.

Rod Stewart CBE has broken chart records on both sides of the Atlantic, with top ten and number one hit singles and albums, including clever covers, the great American songbook and his own heartfelt compositions.

Rod talks in depth about his love of this country, his family, football, long legged blondes, the armed forces, that famous Stewart "luck" and his triumphant return to song writing. He also looks ahead to his special appearance at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in September.

Since Johnnie and Rod last met he has released two albums and written his autobiography, so there is a lot to catch up on. Above all, he is great company - hugely enthusiastic and very funny - and not afraid to comment on his past and laugh at himself.

Rod talks in depth about his love of this country, his family, football, long legged blondes, the armed forces, that famous Stewart "luck" and his triumphant return to song writing.

This programme was first broadcast in August.

Johnnie Walker is in conversation with one of our greatest performers and songwriters, whose voice is just as distinctive and strong now as it was with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces in the 60s and 70s.

Rod Stewart CBE has broken chart records on both sides of the Atlantic, with top ten and number one hit singles and albums, including clever covers, the great American songbook and his own heartfelt compositions.

Rod talks in depth about his love of this country, his family, football, long legged blondes, the armed forces, that famous Stewart "luck" and his triumphant return to song writing.

Since Johnnie and Rod last met he has released two albums and written his autobiography, so there is a lot to catch up on. Above all, he is great company - hugely enthusiastic and very funny - and not afraid to comment on his past and laugh at himself.

This programme was first broadcast in August.

Rod talks in depth about his love of this country, his family, football, long legged blondes, the armed forces, that famous Stewart "luck" and his triumphant return to song writing. He also looks ahead to his special appearance at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in September.

The Art Of Garfunkel2012122520130709

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon. From their early days as "Tom and Jerry" when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of "Sound Of Silence" and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic "Bridge Over Troubled Water", a song which nearly went to Paul Simon. He knew he had a God given talent from the age of 5 singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Barmitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire. His latest album is simply called "The Singer" and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Another chance to hear Johnnie Walker in conversation with Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation.

The Art Of Garfunkel2012122520130709

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon. From their early days as "Tom and Jerry" when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of "Sound Of Silence" and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic "Bridge Over Troubled Water", a song which nearly went to Paul Simon. He knew he had a God given talent from the age of 5 singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Barmitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire. His latest album is simply called "The Singer" and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Another chance to hear Johnnie Walker in conversation with Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation.

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon.

From their early days as Tom and Jerry when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well-documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of Sound Of Silence and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic Bridge Over Troubled Water, a song which nearly went to Paul Simon.

He knew he had a God given talent from the age of five, singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Bar Mitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire.

His latest album is simply called The Singer and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Art Garfunkel chats to Johnnie Walker about life, relationships, poetry and Paul Simon.

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The Art Of Garfunkel2012122520130716

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon. From their early days as "Tom and Jerry" when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of "Sound Of Silence" and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic "Bridge Over Troubled Water", a song which nearly went to Paul Simon. He knew he had a God given talent from the age of 5 singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Barmitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire. His latest album is simply called "The Singer" and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Art Garfunkel chats to Johnnie Walker about life, relationships, poetry and Paul Simon.

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon.

From their early days as Tom and Jerry when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well-documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of Sound Of Silence and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic Bridge Over Troubled Water, a song which nearly went to Paul Simon.

He knew he had a God given talent from the age of five, singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Bar Mitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire.

His latest album is simply called The Singer and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

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Art Garfunkel chats to Johnnie Walker about life, relationships, poetry and Paul Simon.

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon.

From their early days as Tom and Jerry when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well-documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of Sound Of Silence and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic Bridge Over Troubled Water, a song which nearly went to Paul Simon.

He knew he had a God given talent from the age of five, singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Bar Mitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire.

His latest album is simply called The Singer and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker. In a frank and friendly interview we learn about his life, his voice, his relationships, his poetry and his partnership with Paul Simon. From their early days as "Tom and Jerry" when they were contracted to The Brill Building, to setting the record straight on their well documented break-up. He talks about the life-changing recording of "Sound Of Silence" and how the fact that despite his incredible voice, it took him over 300 vocal takes to perfect the anthemic "Bridge Over Troubled Water", a song which nearly went to Paul Simon. He knew he had a God given talent from the age of 5 singing in the stairwells in school, listening to his voice echoing, throughout the corridors. By the time of his Barmitzvah, Art had already perfected a four hour repertoire. His latest album is simply called "The Singer" and that's what you'll hear in the next two hours, the classic songs from his remarkable career as we learn "The Art of Garfunkel".

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker

The Art Of Garfunkel2012122520131102

Art Garfunkel, one of the most distinctive singers of a generation chats to Johnnie Walker

The Pirates20170814

Johnnie celebrates the excitement and energy of the groundbreaking pirate radio shows.

Johnnie celebrates the excitement and energy and ground breaking shows of the early pirate radio stations like Radio London, Radio Caroline and Radio 270.

Joined by his friends and colleagues 'Admiral' Robbie Dale (who along with Johnnie remained on board after midnight on the 14th August when the Marine Offences Bill passed into law, broadcasting illegally to an estimated European audience of 22 million), Tom Edwards (who left Caroline on the 14th), Pete Brady, Roger Twiggy Day, Keith Cardboard Shoes Skues, Emperor Rosko, Paul Burnett and Tony Blackburn, who worked on both Caroline and London, Johnnie will play some of 1967's key tracks on the medium wave and pay tribute to Kenny Everett and Ed Stewart.

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Johnnie Walker takes listeners on a journey through 50 years of a musical icon's life.

Music is Dionne Warwick's soul and she tells us about her astonishing dynasty. Her mother, Lee Drinkard Warwick, was the manager of the renowned gospel group The Drinkard Singers, and her aunt is Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston.

But It was at a Drifters recording session 50 years ago when the magic began, she was spotted by the prolific songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and they formed the most triumphant triumvirates in pop music. They racked up more than 30 hit singles during their first decade together. Bacharach described her voice: "she has a strong side and a delicacy when singing softy, like miniature ships in bottles, she was no play-it-safe girl".

But their relationship wasn't always plain sailing. Dionne describes how angry she was when they gave her demo song, Make It Easy On Yourself, to another artist after promising it to her. She yelled at them "Don't make me over man you have to accept me for what I am!" Hal said: "Burt, I think we just heard the title of a new song". Don't Make Me Over became Dionne's first solo hit and, 50 years later, she is still making records. It's a poignant fact her latest album, Now, was the last project for that team when Hal David died earlier this year.

Dionne jokes about not always making the right decisions, such as her reluctance to have Arista stablemate Barry Manilow produce her and her uncertainty about working with The Bee Gees on Heartbreaker, which became her best-selling album.

You'll hear all the favourites like Wishin' And Hopin', Anyone Who Had A Heart, A House Is Not A Home, and Do You Know The Way To San Jose.

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Sir Tom Jones OBE talks to Johnnie Walker about his incredible journey from the Welsh valleys to worldwide fame and success.

He speaks frankly about his early appearances in tough working mens clubs, being nurtured by Gordon Mills, his marriage to childhood sweetheart Linda, success in Las Vegas, friendships with stars like Elvis Presley, his comeback with Kiss and recent role on The Voice.

Sir Tom talks Johnnie through the classic songs Delilah, Green Green Grass Of Home, It's Not Unusual and Thunderball and brings his story up to date with the recent publication of his autobiography and album collaborations with Ethan Johns.

Sir Tom Jones OBE talks to Johnnie Walker about his incredible journey from the Welsh valleys to worldwide fame and success.

He speaks frankly about his early appearances in tough working mens clubs, being nurtured by Gordon Mills, his marriage to childhood sweetheart Linda, success in Las Vegas, friendships with stars like Elvis Presley, his comeback with Kiss and recent role on The Voice.

Sir Tom talks Johnnie through the classic songs Delilah, Green Green Grass Of Home, It's Not Unusual and Thunderball and brings his story up to date with the recent publication of his autobiography and album collaborations with Ethan Johns.