The Record Producers

A series of one-off special programmes exploring the work of legendary record producers.

Richard Allinson and record producer Steve Levine profile these maverick craftsmen who reveal their studio secrets behind the creation of their classic recordings.

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5/6. Series of programmes exploring the work of legendary record producers. Richard Allinson and record producer Steve Levine profile engineer Nile Rodgers.

20070409

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine focus on the talents of Hugh Padgham, a man who successfully made the transition from engineer to producer, often with the same artist.

20070507

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine return with a profile of one of the UK's most successful and dominant duos of the 1980s, Steve Jolley and Tony Swain.

With contributions from Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Leee John of Imagination, and comments from both producers.

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Series exploring the work of legendary record producers.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine focus on one of the most important and successful teams in British pop music - Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

They have been responsible for an array of hits, including House of Fun by Madness, Absolute Beginners by David Bowie, Morrissey's November Spawned a Monster and Dexys Midnight Runners' Come on Eileen.

20070528

Series exploring the work of legendary record producers.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine focus on one of the most important and successful teams in British pop music - Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

They have been responsible for an array of hits, including House of Fun by Madness, Absolute Beginners by David Bowie, Morrissey's November Spawned a Monster and Dexys Midnight Runners' Come on Eileen.

20070827

Series of programmes exploring the work of legendary record producers. Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of the legendary songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, comprising Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Edward Holland.

Focusing on their golden period at Berry Gordy's Motown label, the programme also highlights their pioneering use of multi-track recording techiques. It will also focus on the establishment of their own record labels, Invictus and Hot Wax.

Featuring contributions from all three members of the production team as well as Abdul Duke Fakir, General Johnson, Bob Babbitt and Louvain Demps.

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Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff - the godfathers of Philly Soul. The pair speak at length about their career, and there's a rare and exclusive new interview with orchestral arranger and fellow producer Thom Bell.

Gamble and Huff credits include You Don't Know Me By Now, Back Stabbers and When Will I See You Again.

20080324

A profile of one of the most successful British production and song-writing teams of the late Eighties and early Nineties - Stock, Aitken & Waterman. Presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine tell the trio's story and assert their position as major contributors to the sound of pure British pop.

Modelled on Motown's Hit Factory of the Sixties, Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced a seemingly endless stream of hits for Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia and Mel & Kim. They also brought continued chart success to Bananarama and reignited the career of Donna Summer, amongst others.

20080505

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis come under the spotlight. A prolific writing and producing team, Jam and Lewis have enjoyed great success since the 80s with a range of artists, including Janet Jackson, Usher and Mary J Blige. Presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine chart the duo's career.

20080526

Mick Jones of The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and Carbon/Silicon are the focus as presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine turn their attention to musicians who have carved out secondary careers behind the console.

The programme includes an exclusive interview with Jones, along with expert opinion from Steve and previously unheard material from Jones' archive.

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Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine the work of one of the most influential musicians in pop history - Brian Wilson.

Featuring an exclusive interview with Brian and rare material including original session highlights from Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations along with musical director and friend Jeff Foskett demonstrating Brian's harmonic arrangements with a specially recorded acapella version of Warmth of the Sun. Fellow producers Don Was, Tony Visconti and Sir George Martin comment on Brian's music and recording techniques.

Other interviewees include 'lost Beach Boy' David L Marks, who was a permanent member of the group for the first four albums. Gerry Beckley from the group America and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash talk about the art of vocal arranging. And session bassist Carol Kaye of The Wrecking Crew provides a first-hand account of Brian in the studio and plays examples of classic bass lines from Beach Boys recordings.

Plus recollections on Brian's songs and work from fellow band member Bruce Johnston.

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In a special two-part Record Producers for Radio 2's Bee Gees Bank Holiday, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

With close to fifty years in the industry, programme one concentrates on the 1960s and 1970s, from their early days in Australia through to the phenomenal global success of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Robin Gibb, engineer and fellow producer Karl Richardson and band member Blue Weaver are amongst those interviewed in this first part which includes rarely heard demo material from the brothers as teenagers and a more detailed look at their hits New York Mining Disaster, You Should Be Dancin' and Stayin' Alive.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

20100826

In a special two-part Record Producers for Radio 2's Bee Gees Bank Holiday, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

With close to fifty years in the industry, programme one concentrates on the 1960s and 1970s, from their early days in Australia through to the phenomenal global success of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Robin Gibb, engineer and fellow producer Karl Richardson and band member Blue Weaver are amongst those interviewed in this first part which includes rarely heard demo material from the brothers as teenagers and a more detailed look at their hits New York Mining Disaster, You Should Be Dancin' and Stayin' Alive.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

20100830

In a special two-part Record Producers for Radio 2's Bee Gees Bank Holiday, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

Programme two begins with the aftermath of the multi-platinum selling Saturday Night Fever, as the band embarked on the recording of Spirits Having Flown. It highlights their success during the 1980s with a number of the most successful female vocalists in the world and brings their story into the 21st century with their album This Is Where I Came In.

Amongst those contributing to this second programme are Robin Gibb and fellow producer and confidant John Merchant, while Richard and Steve take a more detailed look at the songs Tragedy and This Is Where I Came In.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

20100830

In a special two-part Record Producers for Radio 2's Bee Gees Bank Holiday, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

Programme two begins with the aftermath of the multi-platinum selling Saturday Night Fever, as the band embarked on the recording of Spirits Having Flown.

It highlights their success during the 1980s with a number of the most successful female vocalists in the world and brings their story into the 21st century with their album This Is Where I Came In.

Amongst those contributing to this second programme are Robin Gibb and fellow producer and confidant John Merchant, while Richard and Steve take a more detailed look at the songs Tragedy and This Is Where I Came In.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of the Gibb Brothers.

20110502

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music on the British charts. They focus on the work of a number of reggae producers, and their pop counterparts, who successfully transferred reggae into mainstream success.

The programme includes an exclusive look at the original Bob Marley multitrack recordings of his songs Concrete Jungle and Stir It Up. Steve Levine also describes the impact of reggae on his production work with Culture Club by revealing secrets behind the recording of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.

Other contributors include producers Sly and Robbie; Chris Porter (who masterminded the recording of Aswad's number one Don't Turn Around); Tony Platt (the engineer on the original Marley recordings); Boy George and Mikey Craig of Culture Club; plus Dennis Bovell, the founding member of British reggae band Matumbi and the successful songwriter and producer behind Janet Kay's 1979 hit Silly Games.

This Record Producers is the first programme in a short season marking 30 years since Bob Marley died [on 11 May 1981]. It continues next week with Johnnie Walker revisiting the golden age of reggae in Sounds of the 70s; a documentary looking at Marley's creative period of exile in London; and personal memories from friends and colleagues, including Island Records' Chris Blackwell.

A special edition focusing on the work of a variety of reggae producers.

20110502

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music on the British charts.

They focus on the work of a number of reggae producers, and their pop counterparts, who successfully transferred reggae into mainstream success.

The programme includes an exclusive look at the original Bob Marley multitrack recordings of his songs Concrete Jungle and Stir It Up.

Steve Levine also describes the impact of reggae on his production work with Culture Club by revealing secrets behind the recording of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.

Other contributors include producers Sly and Robbie; Chris Porter (who masterminded the recording of Aswad's number one Don't Turn Around); Tony Platt (the engineer on the original Marley recordings); Boy George and Mikey Craig of Culture Club; plus Dennis Bovell, the founding member of British reggae band Matumbi and the successful songwriter and producer behind Janet Kay's 1979 hit Silly Games.

This Record Producers is the first programme in a short season marking 30 years since Bob Marley died [on 11 May 1981].

It continues next week with Johnnie Walker revisiting the golden age of reggae in Sounds of the 70s; a documentary looking at Marley's creative period of exile in London; and personal memories from friends and colleagues, including Island Records' Chris Blackwell.

A special edition focusing on the work of a variety of reggae producers.

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Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of one of the wittiest and admired pop bands of the 1970s - 10cc.

Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart provided the entire package. Not only were they great musicians but they also wrote all their hits in various group combinations, produced their own recordings and, in Eric Stewart, had a built-in engineer. They also owned their own recording studio which made them a highly productive self-contained unit.

Featuring interviews with all four band members and exclusive access to the original multi-track recordings of Donna, Wall Street Shuffle and I'm Not In Love.

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On the next programme in the Record Producers series, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of one of the wittiest and admired pop bands of the 1970s - 10cc.

Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart provided the entire package.

Not only were they great musicians but they also wrote all their hits in various group combinations, produced their own recordings and, in Eric Stewart, had a built-in engineer.

They also owned their own recording studio which made them a highly productive self-contained unit.

Featuring new interviews with all four band members and exclusive access to the original multi-track recordings of Donna, Wall Street Shuffle and I'm Not In Love.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of 1970s band 10cc.

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Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler in this latest programme in 'The Record Producers'.

Bernard talks about his early days with the band along with his production credits for Duffy, Kate Nash, Fyfe Dangerfield and others.

The programme includes rare access to demo recordings from both Suede and Duffy.

David McAlmont talks about his collaborations with Butler and the lead singer with Texas, Sharleen Spiteri, comments on Bernard's work on her 2008 debut solo album 'Melody'.

Steve Levine analyses the original multi-track recordings of McAlmont & Butler's biggest hits.

He also talks with Fyfe Dangerfield about the construction of his recent single 'She Needs Me' which features production work and guest guitar by Bernard Butler.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine talk to Bernard Butler about his career.

In the next instalment of The Record Producers, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of former Suede guitarist, Bernard Butler.

Bernard talks about his early days with Suede, along with his production credits for Duffy, Kate Nash, Fyfe Dangerfield and others.

Steve Levine analyses the original multi-track recording of one of McAlmont & Butler's biggest hits.

He also talks with Fyfe Dangerfield about the construction of his recent Radio 2 airplay hit She Needs Me, which features production work and guest guitar by Bernard Butler.

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Richard Allinson and record producer Steve Levine profile one of the most influential figures in pop history - Brian Wilson.

This edition is an extended cut featuring bonus material from the recording of God Only Knows and Caroline No.

Plus session highlights from Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations and contributions from fellow producers Don Was, Tony Visconti and Sir George Martin

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine the work of one of the most influential musicians in pop history - Brian Wilson.

Featuring an exclusive interview with Brian and rare material including original session highlights from Wouldn't It Be Nice and Good Vibrations along with musical director and friend Jeff Foskett demonstrating Brian's harmonic arrangements with a specially recorded acapella version of Warmth of the Sun.

Fellow producers Don Was, Tony Visconti and Sir George Martin comment on Brian's music and recording techniques.

Other interviewees include 'lost Beach Boy' David L Marks, who was a permanent member of the group for the first four albums.

Gerry Beckley from the group America and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash talk about the art of vocal arranging.

And session bassist Carol Kaye of The Wrecking Crew provides a first-hand account of Brian in the studio and plays examples of classic bass lines from Beach Boys recordings.

Plus recollections on Brian's songs and work from fellow band member Bruce Johnston.

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Tom Dowd < Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

This week's programme completes the career of Tom Dowd , and features his work with Aretha Franklin , Dusty Springfield, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart.

He maintains a record of success that has yet to be surpassed although now working on only four or five albums a year, compared with dozens in the mid-60s.

Researcher JOHN tobler Producer STUART GRUNDY (Repeated: Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Tom Dowd

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Aretha Franklin

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Unknown: Rod Stewart.

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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Tom Dowd (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

This week's programme completes the career of Tom Dowd , and features his work with Aretha Franklin , Dusty Springfield. the Allman Brothers. Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart.

He maintains a record of success that has yet to be surpassed although now working on only four or five albums a year, compared with dozens in the mid-60s.

A book to accompany the series will be available at the end of March from booksellers

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Unknown: Tom Dowd

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Aretha Franklin

Unknown: Dusty Springfield.

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Unknown: Rod Stewart.

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George Martin The third of 18 programmes

Introduced by Andy Peebles

GEORGE MARTIN 'S influence on the world of pop/rock music is incalculable.

Through The Beatles he helped to change the face of British music, taking us overnight from being a nation of second-rate copyists to one of major international force.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer

STUART GRLNDY (Full dcta:ls on Thurstlau at

7.0 pm) A

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Unknown: George Martin

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: George Martin

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grlndy

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George Martin The third of 18 programmes

Introduced by Andv Peebles

GEORGE MARTIN 'S influence on the world of pop/rock music is incalculable.

Through The Beatles he helped to change the face of British music, taking us overnight from being a nation of second-rate copyists to one of major international force. The unprejudiced approach that he brought to working with The

Beatles resulted not only from his own ability as a musician, but from years of experimentation with sound, and comedy in particular. Immediately prior to The Beatles he had been successfully helping to expand the careers of Peter Ustinov , Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers on record and developing production techniques that were to considerably assist the early ambitions of The

Beatles. His post-Beatles work has featured successful collaborations with Jeff Beck, America. Jimmy Webb. and more recentlv Cheap Trick. He is currently completing the next Paul McCartney album.

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Unknown: George Martin

Introduced By: Andv Peebles

Introduced By: George Martin

Unknown: Peter Ustinov

Unknown: Spike Milligan

Unknown: Peter Sellers

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The fourth of 18 programmes

Leiber and Stollcr (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

JERRY LEIDER and MIKE STOLLER were the first successful independent record producers in the history of the record business. Originally songwriters, they became record producers and created a new order by writing for record rather than live performance. Writing Initially for black performers, they developed ' streetcredible ' lyrics long before anyone ever thought of the description, and came up with seven hit songs for Elvis Presley. Their

' novelette ' productions tor the Coasters were crazy reflections of everyday life in America. contrasting with the 1 sweet-soul ' style of their records for the Drifters. Today they enjoy legendarystatusinthe rock world although continuing to write and produce only spasmorlically.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY

(Repeated- Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Jerry Leider

Introduced By: Mike Stoller

Unknown: Elvis Presley.

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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Lelber and Stoller (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

JERRY LEIBER and MIKE STOLLER were the first successful independent record producers in the history of the record business. Originally songwriters. they became record producers and created a new order by writing for record rather than live performance.

Writing originally for black performers and audiences, they developed street credible ' lyrics long before anyone ever thought of the description, and came up with seven hit songs for Elvis Presley at his peak Their " novelette " productions for the Coasters were crazy reflections of everyday life in America. contrasting with the • sweet-soul • style of their records for the Drifters.

Today they enjoy legendary status in the rock world although continuing to write and produce only spasmodically.

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Jerry Leiber

Introduced By: Mike Stoller

Unknown: Elvis Presley

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The fifth of 18 programmes Letber and Stoller (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

During the mid-60s leibkr and STOLLER began to direct their energies towards the development of other young writers and record producers, a policy which paid off handsomely with the success of their own Red Bird label.

Inevitably their own writing and production suffered and during the late 60s and the 70s they emerged only occasionally to write or produce. Despite these limited forays each of their projects was marked with success.

They continue to write, increasingly for the theatre, and they are working on a number of potential shows.

Researcher john tobler Producer stuart GRUNDY (Repeated: Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

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The lifth of 18 programmes

Leiber and Stoller (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

During the mid-60s leibfr and stoller began to direct their energies towards the development of other young writers and producers, a policy which paid off handsomely with the success of their own Red Bird label.

Inevitably their own writing and production suffered and during the late 60s and the 70s they emerged only occasionally to write or produce. Despite these limited forays each of their projects was marked with success

They continue to write, increasingly for the theatre, and they are working on a number of potential musical shows. (Broadcost Sun 7.0 pm)

A book to accompany the series will be available at the end of March from booksellers

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The sixth in a series of 18 programmes Introduced by Andy Peebles

Mickie Most 's career as a producer has revolved around the making of pop singles. He is widely regarded as having the best ' ear for a song in the music business and has always considered the search for the right song to be his principal function.

During the early part of his career he found himself producing hits for artists who would then be wooed away from him by larger organisations. This eventually led to him starting his own record company, RAK Records, which has consistently achieved a higher ratio of hits to releases than any otlver label in the world.

More recently he has retreated into the administration of his companies, although he continues to produce such acts as Hot Chocolate and Racey, and was influential in the successful launch of Kim Wilde , both in the studio and in his capacity as a record company executive.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY

(Repeated: Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Mickie Most

Unknown: Kim Wilde

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The sixthin a series of 18 programmes Introduced by Andy Peebles

Mickie Most 's career as a producer has revolved around the making of pop singles. He is widely regarded as having the best ' ear for a song ' in the music business and has always considered the search for the right song to be his principal function

During the early part of his career he found himself producing hits for artists who would then be wooed away from him by larger organisations. This eventually led to him starting his own record company, RA Records, which has consistently achieved a higher ratio of hits to releases than any other label in the world.

More recently he has retreated into the administration of his

Companies, although he continues to produce such acts as Hot Chocolate and Raeey. and was influential in the successful launch of Kim Wilde , both in the studio and in his capacity as a record company executive.

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Mickie Most

Unknown: Kim Wilde

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Phil Spector

The seventh in a series of 18 programmes Introduced by Andy Peebles

No other record producer has stamped his own style on productions in such a positive way as PHIL SPECTOR. Celebrated not only for his highly individual records, but also for his eccentricity, he insisted on recording in mono at a time when stereo was regarded as the accepted standard. Written and researched by JOHN TOBLER

Producer STUART GRUNDY 'Full details: Thursday

7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Phil Spector

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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Phil Speetnr. The seventh in a series of 18 programmes

Introduced bv Andy Peebles

No other record producer has stamped his own style on productions in such a positive way as PHILSPECTOR. Celebrated not only for his highly individual records but also for his eccentricity, he insisted on recording in mono at a time when stereo was regarded as the accepted standard. By the end of 1960 he had produced his first big hit, which was shortly followed by an increasing flow of hits from his own groups: The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, and The

Ronettes. In the mid 60s he produced the highly-acclaimed' You've got that loving feeling ' for the Righteous Brothers and Ike and Tina Turner 's ' River deep - mountain high '. There followed a lengthy association with John Lennon and George Harrison at which time Spector was Head of Artists and Repertoire for Apple Records.

His most recent success was in 1980 with an album for The Ramones - ' End of the century '. ( Broadcast Sun 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Phil Speetnr.

Unknown: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Bob B. Soxx

Unknown: Tina Turner

Unknown: John Lennon

Unknown: George Harrison

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The eighth in a series of 18 programmes

Glyn Johns (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

GLYN JOHNS ' development as a fully-lledged producer was greatly hampered by his expertise and value as an engineer. In that role he worked with The Who, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, The Beatles, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell.

In the late 60s and early 70s he began to gain more production credits and with the success of such albums as ' Who's next ', his conversion was complete.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY (Full details: Thursday

7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Glyn Johns

Unknown: Joe Cocker

Unknown: Leon Russell.

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The eighth in a series of 18 programmes

Glyn Johns (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles clyn joiins began his recording career as an engineer, contributing to many of the great hit records that a burgeoning British record industry was making in the mid-60s.

His development as a fully fledged producer was greatly hampered by his expertise and value as an engineer. In that role he worked with The Who. the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beatles, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell.

In the late 60s and early 70s he began to gain more production credits and with the success of such albums as ' Who's next ', his conversion was complete. His sometimes uncompromising stance has in no way harmed his many lengthy and successful producer/artist relationships. His credits in the 70s include The Who, Eagles, Faces,

Gallagher and Lyle, Joan Armatrading and Eric Clapton.

A book to accompany the series will be available at the end of March from booksellers

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Joe Cocker

Unknown: Leon Russell.

Unknown: Joan Armatrading

Unknown: Eric Clapton.

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The ninth in a series of 18 programmes

Glyn Johns (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

Has the sophistication of modern recording studios gone too far? GLYN JOHNS Is one of a number of record producers in this Series who believe that that is the case. This week his recordings with The Eagles,

Joan Armatradlng , Eric Clapton and other luminaries of the 70s are featured.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GHUNDY (Full details: Thursday

7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Glyn Johns

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Joan Armatradlng

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Ghundy

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The ninth of a series of 18 programmes

Glyn Johns (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

Has the sophistication of modern recording studios gone too far? GLYN JOHNS is one of a number ot record producers who believe that the freedom afforded by multi-track recording and the number of choices it provides together with the vast range of studio toys has led to a sense of bewilderment.

Glyn Johns maintains that 16-track recording Is enough for any producer or artist and has a number of outstanding productions to support his claim. This week his recordings with The Eagles,

Joan Armatrading. Eric Clapton and other luminaries of the 70s are featured.

A book to accompany the series will be available at the end of March from booksellers

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Unknown: Glyn Johns

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Joan Armatrading.

Unknown: Eric Clapton

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The tenth in a series of 18 programmes Richard Perry (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

Researcher john TOBLER

Producer STUART GRUNDY (full details: Thursday

7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Richard Perry

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 11th in a series of 18 programmes

Richard Perry (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

Although dealing in sound. Perry's production approach is based on visual concepts. He sees a stereo picture as a stage or piece of architecture. building sounds around his central feature.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY (Full details; Thursday

7.0 pm)

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The 11th in a series of 18 programmes,

Richard Perry (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

Although dealing in sound, Perry's production approach is based on visual concepts. He sees a stereo picture as a stage or piece of architecture, building sounds around his central feature.

Never afraid to tackle projects across a wide performance spectrum, his work has ranged from speech and music albums with Theodore Bikel to West-Coast ' punk ' bands.

Like a number of his contemporaries, he now has his own record label, Planet Records, which he founded in 1978. Whether or not launching his own label was a wise move still remains to be seen, but all other evidence would seem to suggest that successful record producers should stick to production.

A book to accompany the series will be available in May from booksellers

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Unknown: Richard Perry

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Theodore Bikel

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The 12th in a series of 18 programmes

Tony Visconti (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

TONY VISCONTI arrived in Britain as a ' greenhorn assistant producer from the United States 15 years ago.

Within four months he had met and established friendshipswith two artists who were to provide the foundation and sustaining power of a distinguished production career - Marc Bolan and David Bowie. Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY

(Full details : Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Tony Visconti

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Tony Visconti

Unknown: Marc Bolan

Unknown: David Bowie.

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 12th in a series of 18 programmes

Tony Visconti (Part 1 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

TONY VISCONTI arrived in Britain as a ' greenhorn ' assistant producer from the United States 15 years ago. Within four months he had met and established friendships with Marc Bolan and David Bowie , who were to provide the foundation and sustaining power of a distinguished production career.

His career can be split into two parts: 1968-73, the Bolan era, and 1974-82, the Bowie period. Add the names Sparks, Thin Lizzy, Hazel O'Connor , The

Boomtown Rats, Ralph McTell and Tom Paxton to his production credits and you begin to appreciate the breadth of his work.

He brings empathy and constructive flair to his work and has a Hitchcocklike penchant for making musicalappearanceson his album productions.

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Unknown: Tony Visconti

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Tony Visconti

Unknown: Marc Bolan

Unknown: David Bowie

Unknown: Hazel O'Connor

Unknown: Ralph McTell

Unknown: Tom Paxton

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The 13th in a series of 18 programmes

Tony Visconti (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

The album Diamond dogs ' marked Visconti's reunion with David Bowie , which launched one of the most consistently successful and creative partnerships in this strangely transient business.

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY

(Fulldetails: Thurt 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Tony Visconti

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: David Bowie

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 13th in a series of 18 programmes

Tony Visconti (Part 2 of 2) Introduced by Andy Peebles

The album Diamond dogs ' marked Visconti's reunion with David Bowie , which launched one of the most consistently successful and creative partnerships in what is usually a transient business.

Along with a series of seven Bowie albums, Visconti continued to produce a wide range of other important artists, but now seems to be contemplating a complete change of direction - perhaps leaving record production altogether.

A book to accompany the series will be available in May from booksellers

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Unknown: Tony Visconti

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: David Bowie

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The 14th in a series of 18 programmes Bill Szymczyk Introduced by Andy Peebles

. Researcher JOHN TOBLER

Producer STUART GRUNDY

(Full details : Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 14th in a series of 18 programmes Bill Szymczyk Introduced by Andy Peebles

One outstanding talent continues to surface in the Szymczyk s.tory - Joe Walsh.

He discovered Joe as a member of The James Gang in 1969 and made four albums with the band. After going solo In 1972, Joe followed him to Colorado where they made two albums. In 1974. Joe was responsible for introducing him to The Eagles, with whom he's been successfully associated ever since.

Other Walsh solo albums have followed.

Add to those credits

B. B. King. the J. Geils

Band, Elvin Bishop , REO Speedwagon,

Jay Ferguson and The Who, and one of America's most vital and successful producers of the 70s begins to emerge.

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Joe Walsh.

Unknown: James Gang

Unknown: B. B. King.

Unknown: Elvin Bishop

Unknown: Jay Ferguson

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The 15th In a series of 18 programmes

Chinn and Chapman Introduced by Andy Peebles

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY (Details: Thura 7.0 pm)

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Researcher John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 15tt, in a series of 18 programmes

Chinn and Chapman Introduced by Andy Peebles

NICKY CHINN and MIKE chapman were protfigfis of Mickie Most and. like him, they developed an almost infallible technique for creating chart success. As writers and producers they were able to personally supervise every stage in the making of hit singles, creating phenomenal success for themselves and for artists such as Sweet. Mud. Suzi Quatro and Smokie in the process. Their midas touch only wavered when punishing artistic criticism began to get to them. A move to the United States in the late 70s resulted in Mike Chapman successes with Exile. Nick Gilder , The Knack and more consistently with Blondie. Their own record company venture -

Dreamland - foundered disastrously last year, but a hit with the new Blondie album could restore some buoyancy.

A book to accompany the series will be available in May from booksellers

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Nicky Chinn

Introduced By: Mike Chapman

Unknown: Suzi Quatro

Unknown: Mike Chapman

Unknown: Nick Gilder

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Roy Thomas Baker

Researcher JOHN TOBLER Producer STUART GRUNDY (Details: Thurs 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Roy Thomas Baker

Unknown: Researcher John Tobler

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 16th in a series of 18 programmes

Roy Thomas Baker

Introduced by Andy Peebles

ROV THOMAS BAKER is One of record production's morecolourful characters. His taste for complex studio set-ups and the most comprehensive use of multi-tracking made him a natural collaborator with his most successful band so far - Queen. Although born and brought up in London, where he began his career, he now lives In some luxury in the hlUs overlooking Los Angeles. An inveterate traveller, his other production credits include work with Cars. Ian Hunter , Dusty Springfield, Journey and Foreigner.

Roy Thomas Baker 's story emphasises the degree of drive and tenacity required to succeed in the wonld of modern music recording.

A book to accompany the series will be available in May from booksellers

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Unknown: Roy Thomas Baker

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Rov Thomas Baker

Unknown: Ian Hunter

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Todd Rundgren Introduced by Andy Peebles

Researcher JOHN tobler Producer STUART GRUNDY (Details: Thurt 7.0 pm)

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Unknown: Todd Rundgren

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Introduced By: Researcher John

Producer: Stuart Grundy

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The 17th in a series of 18programmes

Toad Rundgren Introduced by Andy Peebles

In addition to being a record producer, RUNDGREN is an oustanding guitarist and arranger.

He relishes, more than any other record producer, the inspiration derived from working with artists who are new to him. Money and success have never been major reasons for doing what he does.

His record of success

Includes not only his own recordings and those of his bands Nazz and Utopia, but The New York Dolls, Grand Funk

Railroad, Tom Robinson , Steve Hlllage , Patti Smith and Meat Loaf Refusing to be seduced by the bright lights, he continues to live In picturesque countryside near

Woodstock in New York State, and records in his own studio a stone's throw from his home.

A book to accompany the series will be available in May from booksellers

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Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Tom Robinson

Unknown: Steve Hlllage

Unknown: Patti Smith

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The last in a series of 18 programmes Chris Thomas Introduced by Andy Peebles

Researcher john TOBLER Producer stbart GRUNDY (Details: Thurs 7.0 pm)

A book to accompany the series mill be available on 13 May. at £6 95 from booksellers

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Unknown: Chris Thomas

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: John Tobler

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The last In a series of 18 programmes Chris Thomas Introduced by Andy Peebles

Thomas was one of the top producers of the 70s.

His early work with the ClimaxBluesBandand

Procol Harum encouraged the development of ' the ChrisThomas production', the creation of a sound that is designed to support and enhance the sense of the lyric.

After a difficult start to his career, Thomas emerged as the producer of Roxy Music and was responsible for Bryan

Ferry's most successful solo work. In the same year as his success with Ferry he took on the task of recording the Sex Pistols. More recent collaborations have been with The Pretenders, Pete Townshend and Elton John.

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Unknown: Chris Thomas

Introduced By: Andy Peebles

Unknown: Pete Townshend

Unknown: Elton John.

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A six-part documentary series about the major record producers of the last 20 years. 1: Don Was

The hectic schedule of Don Was involves work with his own band - Was (Not Was) - and projects as diverse as Bonnie Raitt ,

Bob Dylan , Elton John , the B52s and Yemeni singer Ofra Haza.

Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Independent production by John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Don Was

Unknown: Bonnie Raitt

Unknown: Bob Dylan

Unknown: Elton John

Singer: Ofra Haza.

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Production By: John Pidgeon

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A six-part documentary on the major record producers of the last 20 years.

2: Quincy Jones

If Michael Jackson was his sole artist, Quincy Jones would still rate as one of the most successful record producers of all time. As it is, his name has appeared on records by the likes of Ray Charles , Lesley Gore and Donna Summer for more than 40 years - as writer, arranger and performer as well as producer. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Michael Jackson

Artist: Quincy Jones

Unknown: Ray Charles

Unknown: Lesley Gore

Unknown: Donna Summer

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: John Pidgeon

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3: Jimmy Iovine

Jimmy has worked with many artists including

John Lennon , Dire Straits and U2. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Independent producer John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Jimmy Iovine

Unknown: John Lennon

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: John Pidgeon

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4: Glyn Johns

The first of a two-part profile of Glyn Johns , a producer who entered the recording industry as a trainee engineer in 1959. In the 60s he worked with the Beatles, the Stones, the Small Faces, the Kinks, and the Who and went on to produce many of the major names of the 70s. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Glyn Johns

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: John Pidgeon

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5: Glyn Johns

The second of a two-part profile of Glyn Johns. While continuing to produce artists like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan , who like him had made their names in the 60s, Glyn has worked with successive generations of musicians like The Clash.

Midnight nil and Energy Orchard Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer Johr Pidgeon

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Unknown: Glyn Johns

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Unknown: Bob Dylan

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: Johr Pidgeon

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6: Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley

A production partnership responsible for every one of Madness's 22 hits, and a string of successful singles and albums for artists as diverse as Elvis Costello , Dexy's Midnight Runners, David Bowie and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.

Presented by Nicky Campbell.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Clive Langer

Unknown: Alan Winstanley

Unknown: Elvis Costello

Unknown: David Bowie

Unknown: Lloyd Cole

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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2: Quincy Jones

If Michael Jackson were his sole artist,

Quincy Jones would still rate as one of the most successful record producers of all time. His name has appeared on influential records for more than 40 years - as writer, arranger and performer, as well as producer. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Michael Jackson

Artist: Quincy Jones

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: John Pidgeon

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4: Glyn Johns

The first of a two-part profile of Glyn Johns , a producer who entered the recording industry as a trainee engineer in 1959. In the 60s he worked with the Beatles, the Stones, the Small Faces, the Kinks and The Who, and went on to produce many of the major names of the 70s. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer John Pidgeon

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4: Glyn Johns

The second part of a profile of Glyn Johns covers his career from the mid-70s to the present. Presented by Nicky Campbell.

Producer John Pidgeon

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Unknown: Glyn Johns

Presented By: Nicky Campbell.

Producer: John Pidgeon

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In the first of a new series,

Nicky Campbell profiles Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Nicky Campbell

Unknown: Bernard Edwards.

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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5: Langer and Winstanley The production partnership of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley is responsible for every one of Madness's 22 hits, plus a successful string of hits for performers as diverse as Elvis Costello , Dexy's Midnight Runners, David Bowie , Marilyn and Morrissey. With Nicky Campbell.

A John Pigeon production

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Unknown: Clive Langer

Unknown: Alan Winstanley

Unknown: Elvis Costello

Unknown: David Bowie

Unknown: Nicky Campbell.

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Chris Thomas

Nicky Campbell presents a two-part profile of Chris Thomas.

1: The 60s, when he sat in on the Beatles sessions, and the 70s, which took him from Procul Harum to

Pink Floyd , from Roxy Music to the Sex Pistols, and back to

Paul McCartney.

A John Pigeon production

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Unknown: Chris Thomas

Unknown: Nicky Campbell

Unknown: Procul Harum

Unknown: Pink Floyd

Unknown: Paul McCartney.

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Chris Thomas

Nicky Campbell presents the second of a two-part profile of Chris Thomas , a nominee at next week's

35th US Grammy Awards. A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Chris Thomas

Unknown: Nicky Campbell

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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4: Brian Eno

Nicky Campbell presents a profile of the one-time Roxy Music "sound designer". A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Brian Eno

Unknown: Nicky Campbell

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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Bob Clearmountain

Nicky Campbell presents the first of a two-part profile of Bob Clearmoutain , producer and engineer for artists like Bryan Adams , David Bowie , Simple

Minds and the Pretenders. A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Bob Clearmountain

Unknown: Nicky Campbell

Unknown: Bob Clearmoutain

Unknown: Bryan Adams

Unknown: David Bowie

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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The return of the series that spotlights the backroom boys of the music industry. 1: Hugh Padgham. His workincludes collaborations with the Police and Genesis.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: John Pidgeon

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3: Steve Lillywhite. The second part of this profile of the former punk producer focuses on his work with U2, The Pretenders, The

Pogues, the Rolling Stones. Talking Heads, The Smiths, World Party and Kirsty McColl (mrs Lillywhite). A John Pidgeon Production

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Unknown: Steve Lillywhite.

Unknown: Kirsty McColl

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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I Tom Dowd. For 40 years, Tom Dowd has made records with many influential artists during a career that spans the history of modem recording. The first part covers the first 25 years, from the early Atlantic

Records era of the 40s and 50s, when R 'n' B and rock 'n' roll took hold, through the golden age of 60s soul into the 70s, and features classic recordings by Ray Charles , Otis Redding ,

Aretha Franklin , and Eric Clapton 's Cream.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Tom Dowd.

Unknown: Ray Charles

Unknown: Otis Redding

Unknown: Aretha Franklin

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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Tom Dowd. Part two of this profile of the veteran

American producer charts his move from R 'n' B into the mainstream of rock in the 70s and 80s, when his talents were teamed with the likes of Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart - artists whose musical ambitions had been fired by records produced or engineered by Tom Dowd in the 50s and 60s.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Tom Dowd.

Unknown: Eric Clapton

Artists: Rod Stewart

Unknown: John Pidgeon

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Trevor Horn. There was a time in the 80s when every record of style and invention seemed to have

Trevor Horn's name on it.

Since he first produced himself as one half of the Buggies in 1979, his production credits have included ABC, Art of Noise, Grace Jones , the Pet Shop Boys. Simple Minds, Paul McCartney , Seal and the memorable Frankie Goes to

Hollywood. This week's programme focuses on the man and his achievements.

A John Pidgeon production

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Unknown: Trevor Horn.

Unknown: Grace Jones

Unknown: Paul McCartney

Unknown: John Pidgeon

George Martin20090831

The Record Producers profiles a man often labelled The Fifth Beatle - Sir George Martin.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine his work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator.

Highlights include the first chance to hear newly restored versions of the original master tapes for Please Please Me, along with analysis of the original multi-track of Come Together.

This programme also gives Radio 2 listeners the opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way.

Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track.

Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them.

But now, through the use of revolutionary software, listeners can hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.

In his exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the man often labelled 'the Fifth Beatle'..

George Martin20090831

The Record Producers profiles a man often labelled The Fifth Beatle" - Sir George Martin.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine his work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, technical innovator.

Highlights include the first chance to hear newly restored versions of the original master tapes for Please Please Me, along with analysis of the original multi-track of Come Together.

This programme also gives Radio 2 listeners the opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way.

Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track.

Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them.

But now, through the use of revolutionary software, listeners can hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.

In his exclusive interview, Sir George talks about various aspects of the studio and recording process, the albums Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road, along with a number of songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows and Rain.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the man often labelled 'the Fifth Beatle'.".

George Martin - Andy Peebles20100413

Andy Peebles talks to the man behind the sound of The Beatles and many more.

The Record Producers - George Martin.

Andy Peebles talks to the man behind the sound of The Beatles, The Goons, Cilla Black, Jeff Beck and many more.

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The producer continues to discuss his work with such artists as The Eagles, Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane.

In the second of two programmes, record producer Glyn Johns looks back on his career and work with such bands as The Who and Led Zeppelin.

Holland-dozier-holland2007082720070901

Series of programmes exploring the work of legendary record producers.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of the legendary songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, comprising Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Edward Holland.

Focusing on their golden period at Berry Gordy's Motown label, the programme also highlights their pioneering use of multi-track recording techiques.

It will also focus on the establishment of their own record labels, Invictus and Hot Wax.

Featuring contributions from all three members of the production team as well as Abdul Duke Fakir, General Johnson, Bob Babbitt and Louvain Demps.

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come under the spotlight.

A prolific writing and producing team, Jam and Lewis have enjoyed great success since the 80s with a range of artists, including Janet Jackson, Usher and Mary J Blige.

Presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine chart the duo's career.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis come under the spotlight.

A prolific writing and producing team, Jam and Lewis have enjoyed great success since the 80s with a range of artists, including Janet Jackson, Usher and Mary J Blige - and not forgetting the likes of Prince, The Human League and Chaka Khan.

Kenny Gamble And Leon Huff20080101

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff - the godfathers of Philly Soul.

The pair speak at length about their career, and there's a rare and exclusive new interview with orchestral arranger and fellow producer Thom Bell.

Gamble and Huff credits include You Don't Know Me By Now, Back Stabbers and When Will I See You Again.

Kenny Gamble And Leon Huff20080105

An extended programme from the broadcast on Radio 2 as Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile Philly-soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

They explore some of their greatest work, including music by the O'Jays' Backstabbers and When I Will I See You Again by the Three Degrees.

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Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers.

Andy Peebles continues his profile of the American writers and producers who made hits for Ben E King, The Drifters and many more. First broadcast in 1982.

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of The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and Carbon/Silicon are the focus as presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine turn their attention to musicians who have carved out secondary careers behind the console.

The programme includes an exclusive interview with Jones, along with expert opinion from Steve and previously unheard material from Jones' archive.

Richard Allinson and record producer Steve Levine profile a producer who is also a successful musician - former Clash singer and guitarist Mick Jones

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Radio 2's Best Of British season continues with Richard Allinson and Steve Levine's look at the work of Pink Floyd. This edition of Record Producers concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid-70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon. Plus personal recollections and studio secrets from their engineer Alan Parsons.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multi-track recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from this period. These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

As we run up to the London Olympics, Radio 2 is embracing the essence of British popular culture with a three week season showcasing the best in British comedy, music, acting genius and eccentricity. From the comic genius of Hattie Jacques, to influential musicians and defining artists like Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Pink Floyd in the latest edition of Record Producers.

The programme concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid 70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multitrack recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from thie period.

These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

With a few extra surprises along the way, this edition of The Record Producers is not only an unmissable programme for Pink Floyd fans, but also a "must listen" for any lover of quality popular music.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the early work of Pink Floyd.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine's look at the work of Pink Floyd. This edition of Record Producers concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid-70s.

Pink Floyd Special2011100320120710

Radio 2's Best Of British season continues with Richard Allinson and Steve Levine's look at the work of Pink Floyd. This edition of Record Producers concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid-70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon. Plus personal recollections and studio secrets from their engineer Alan Parsons.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multi-track recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from this period. These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

As we run up to the London Olympics, Radio 2 is embracing the essence of British popular culture with a three week season showcasing the best in British comedy, music, acting genius and eccentricity. From the comic genius of Hattie Jacques, to influential musicians and defining artists like Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Pink Floyd in the latest edition of Record Producers.

The programme concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid 70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multitrack recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from thie period.

These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

With a few extra surprises along the way, this edition of The Record Producers is not only an unmissable programme for Pink Floyd fans, but also a "must listen" for any lover of quality popular music.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the early work of Pink Floyd.

Roy Wood20090413

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the man who achieved the rare feat of having Top Ten singles with three different groups and as a solo artist - Roy Wood.

Smokey Robinson20091226

On the next edition of The Record Producers, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of a singer, songwriter and producer who was instrumental in establishing Motown Records and is now beginning his sixth decade in the record industry, Smokey Robinson.

Smokey was one of the key people Berry Gordy relied on in the early days of Motown.

He wrote and produced for several acts on the label, including Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and his own group, The Miracles.

Smokey talks about his career to date and, as is usual for this series, Steve Levine analyses some of the original multi-track recordings Smokey produced.

These include his recording with The Miracles, More Love; and his epic solo track from the mid-70s A Quiet Storm.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Smokey Robinson.

Stephen Street

Stephen Street20100503
Stephen Street20100503

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Stephen Street - whose production credits include The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cranberries, New Order and Morrissey.

Featuring interviews with former Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr, Blur's Graham Coxon and Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson; the programme also has exclusive access to multitrack recordings of the Blur hits Girls & Boys and Parklife; and the first play of Stephen Street's rare songwriting demos for Morrissey.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Stephen Street

Stock, Aitken & Waterman20080324

A profile of one of the most successful British production and song-writing teams of the late Eighties and early Nineties - Stock, Aitken & Waterman.

Presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine tell the trio's story and assert their position as major contributors to the sound of pure British pop.

Modelled on Motown's Hit Factory of the Sixties, Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced a seemingly endless stream of hits for Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia and Mel & Kim.

They also brought continued chart success to Bananarama and reignited the career of Donna Summer, amongst others.

The Record Producers - Pink Floyd Special20111003

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Pink Floyd in the latest edition of Record Producers. The programme concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid 70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multitrack recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from thie period. These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

With a few extra surprises along the way, this edition of The Record Producers is not only an unmissable programme for Pink Floyd fans, but also a "must listen" for any lover of quality popular music.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the early work of Pink Floyd.

The Record Producers - Pink Floyd Special2011100320120710

Radio 2's Best Of British season continues with Richard Allinson and Steve Levine's look at the work of Pink Floyd. This edition of Record Producers concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid-70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon. Plus personal recollections and studio secrets from their engineer Alan Parsons.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multi-track recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from this period. These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

As we run up to the London Olympics, Radio 2 is embracing the essence of British popular culture with a three week season showcasing the best in British comedy, music, acting genius and eccentricity. From the comic genius of Hattie Jacques, to influential musicians and defining artists like Pink Floyd to The Rolling Stones.

The Record Producers - Pink Floyd Special2011100320130826

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine's look at the work of Pink Floyd. This edition of Record Producers concentrates on the early days of the band and the development of their sound from the late 60s through to the mid-70s.

Amongst the contributors to the programme are Joe Boyd, Floyd's producer for their first single Arnold Layne; John Leckie, who engineered the band's album Meddle; and Clare Torry, whose vocal performance on The Great Gig In The Sky is one of the highlights of Dark Side Of The Moon. Plus personal recollections and studio secrets from their engineer Alan Parsons.

There are new interviews with guitarist David Gilmour and percussionist Nick Mason, and Richard and Steve have access to the original multi-track recordings of some of Pink Floyd's best work from this period. These highlights include the four track tapes of Arnold Layne; their masterpiece Echoes (which began as an eight track recording - but later expanded to 16); the 16 track recordings of Money and Great Gig In The Sky from the seminal Dark Side album, and 24 track recordings from their 1975 release Wish You Were Here, including the epic Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren20100227

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the production work of Todd Rundgren.

01Lieber And Stoller2010041720121002

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers.

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers who made hits for Ben E King, The Drifters and many more. First broadcast in 1982.

0101Trevor Horn20060417

A series of one-off special programmes exploring the work of legendary record producers.

Richard Allinson and record producer Steve Levine profile these maverick craftsmen who reveal their studio secrets behind the creation of their classic recordings.

0102Arif Mardin20060501
0103Tony Visconti20060529

Tony Visconti - a man who doesn't fit neatly into any one particular category of producer.

He is also engineer, orchestral arranger and mixer.

0103Tony Visconti20060529

Tony Visconti - a man who doesn't fit neatly into any one particular category of producer.

He is also engineer, orchestral arranger and mixer.

0104Bob Clearmountain20060828

Engineer and mixer Bob Clearmountain.

0105Nile Rodgers20070101
0106 LASTHugh Padgham20070409

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine focus on the talents of Hugh Padgham, a man who successfully made the transition from engineer to producer, often with the same artist.

0201Steve Jolley And Tony Swain20070507

With contributions from Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Leee John of Imagination, and comments from both producers.

0202Clive Langer And Alan Winstanley20070528

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine focus on one of the most important and successful teams in British pop music - Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

They have been responsible for an array of hits, including House of Fun by Madness, Absolute Beginners by David Bowie, Morrissey's November Spawned a Monster and Dexys Midnight Runners' Come on Eileen.

6M10cc - 6 Music Producer's Cut20090509

On the next programme in the Record Producers series, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of one of the wittiest and admired pop bands of the 1970s - 10cc.

Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart provided the entire package.

Not only were they great musicians but they also wrote all their hits in various group combinations, produced their own recordings and, in Eric Stewart, had a built-in engineer.

They also owned their own recording studio which made them a highly productive self-contained unit.

Featuring new interviews with all four band members and exclusive access to the original multi-track recordings of Donna, Wall Street Shuffle and I'm Not In Love.

This extended 6 Music Producer's Cut includes additional 10cc tracks and related music.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of 1970s band 10cc.

6MBernard Butler20101231

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler in this latest programme in 'The Record Producers'.

Bernard talks about his early days with the band along with his production credits for Duffy, Kate Nash, Fyfe Dangerfield and others.

The programme includes rare access to demo recordings from both Suede and Duffy.

David McAlmont talks about his collaborations with Butler and the lead singer with Texas, Sharleen Spiteri, comments on Bernard's work on her 2008 debut solo album 'Melody'.

Steve Levine analyses the original multi-track recordings of McAlmont and Butler's biggest hits.

He also talks with Fyfe Dangerfield about the construction of his recent single 'She Needs Me' which features production work and guest guitar by Bernard Butler.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Bernard Butler.

6MBill Szymczyk2008042720100421
20090126 (6M)

The producer recalls working with the likes of B.B.King, The Eagles and The Who.

6MBob Clearmountain - 120070829

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine chart the work of the engineer and mixer, whose credits include the Rolling Stones and Roxy Music.

6MBob Clearmountain - 220070830
6MChris Thomas20080501

The producer discusses working with the likes of The Beatles, Procol Harum, Roxy Music and The Sex Pistols.

6MGeorge Martin20080418

A look at legendary fifth Beatle George Martin

6MHugh Padgham - 1 *20080828

Steve Levine and Richard Allinson explore the studio work of Hugh Padgham, who produced tracks by Peter Gabriel, XTC and others.

6MHugh Padgham - 2 Last *20080829
6MLeiber And Stoller20080420
6MLieber And Stoller - 12010041720121002

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers who made hits for Ben E King, The Drifters and many more. First broadcast in 1982.

The Record Producers - Leiber and Stoller (part 1 of 2).

Andy Peebles profiles the legendary producers and songwriters whose credits include Elvis Presley and the Drifters.

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers.

6MLieber And Stoller - 22010041520100418

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers.

The Record Producers - Leiber and Stoller (pt 2 of 2).

Concluding part of the profile of the legendary producers and songwriters whose credits include Elvis Presley and the Drifters.

The Record Producers - Leiber and Stoller (part 2 of 2).

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers who made hits for Ben E King, The Drifters and many more.

6MNicky Chinn And Mike Chapman2008042820090525
20100422 (6M)

The next edition of The Record Producers looks at a duo that was at the forefront of the British glam-rock movement, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Having provided a number of hit records for The Sweet, Chinn and Chapman went on to guide Mud, Suzi Quatro (and later Smokie) to chart success on Mickie Most's RAK record label.

This was a different type of production team.

Whilst the songs were credited to both, Mike Chapman was the dominant partner in the studio, while Nicky Chinn's business acumen guaranteed their records were marketed and promoted to maximum effect.

The programme concentrates on their work together in the early 70s, but also looks at Mike's solo productions, including his highly successful work on a number of albums with Blondie.

Suzi Quatro, Rob Davis and Ray Stiles of Mud, Andy Scott from Sweet, Smokie's Terry Uttley and Chris Stein of Blondie, along with the production duo, give first hand accounts of their recordings.

The programme includes original demos of classic glam hits and presenters Richard Allinson and Steve Levine take an in-depth look at the multi-track of Blondie's million selling single Heart Of Glass.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the work of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

A profile of the team behind the hits of The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and others.

The producers discuss their work with The Sweet, Mud, Suzi Quatro and Blondie.

6MPhil Spector20080422
6MRoy Thomas Baker2008042920100423

A profile of the producer who worked with Queen, The Cars and many others.

The Record Producers - Mickie Most.

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the producer whose credits include The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan and Jeff Beck

The producer discusses his work with Queen, The Cars and Foreigner.

6MStephen Street - The Extended Cut20100509

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Stephen Street - whose production credits include The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs, The Cranberries, New Order and Morrissey.

The programme includes interviews with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Blur's Graham Coxon and Ricky Wilson of The Kaiser Chiefs - with exclusive access to multitrack recordings of the Blur hits Girls and Boys and Parklife.

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine profile the work of Stephen Street.

6MTodd Rundgren *2008043020100227

The producer talks about his work with Sparks, New York Dolls, Meatloaf, Patti Smith and others.

6MTom Dowd - 12010041420120929
20110411 (6M)

Andy Peebles talks to the engineer and producer of many hits on Atlantic Records.

The Record Producers - Tom Dowd (part 1 of 2).

Andy Peebles presents series in which pop record producers talk about their life and work.

Tom Dowd started in the record industry in 1947 and famously worked with Atlantic Records with such artists as Lavern Baker, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Cream.

First broadcast in 1982.

Andy Peebles looks back at the work of pioneering producer Tom Dowd, whose work ranged from Ray Charles and Ruth Brown to Aretha Franklin and Cream. First broadcast in 1982.

6MTom Dowd - 22008041720120930
20100412 (6M)

Andy Peebles continues his profile of the Atlantic Records engineer and producer.

The Record Producers - Tom Dowd (2/2).

Andy Peebles continues his profile the Atlantic Records engineer and producer - including discussion of Dowd's work with Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton and others.

First broadcast in 1994.

Andy Peebles continues to look back at the work of pioneering producer Tom Dowd, whose work ranged from Ray Charles and Ruth Brown to Aretha Franklin and Cream. First broadcast in 1982.

6MTom Dowd, 11/04/201020100411

Andy Peebles looks at the career of Tom Dowd.

The Record Producers - Tom Dowd (part 1 of 2).

Andy Peebles presents series in which pop record producers talk about their life and work.

Tom Dowd started in the record industry in 1947 and famously worked with Atlantic Records with such artists as Lavern Baker, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Cream.

First broadcast in 1982.

6MTony Visconti - 12007082720080425
20070608 (6M)
20090124 (6M)
20100422 (6M)
20121023 (6M)

Richard Allinson and Steve Levine examine the career of Tony Visconti, producer and arranger of David Bowie and Manic Street Preachers.

The producer reflects on his work with the likes of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Mary Hopkin.

A profile of the American producer and musician.

Tony Visconti, producer and arranger for artisits including David Bowie, Sparks and T. Rex looks back at his career.

6MTony Visconti - 22007082820080426
20090125 (6M)
20100420 (6M)
20121024 (6M)

The producer remembers his work with David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Boomtown Rats and Sparks.

Part two of a profile of the American producer and musician.

The Record Producers - Tony Visconti (2/2).

Part two of a profile of the American producer and musician including a look at his later work with David Bowie as well as Thin Lizzy and Sparks.

Influential producer Tony Visconti continues to look back at his work with artists such as David Bowie, Sparks and T. Rex.

6MTrevor Horn - 1 *20080826

Steve Levine and Richard Allinson explore the studio work of Trevor Horn, who produced tracks by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ABC.

6MTrevor Horn - 2 Last20080827

Steve Levine and Richard Allinson explore the studio work of Trevor Horn, who produced tracks by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ABC.

6M01Glyn Johns - 12010041720100420 (6M)
20121021 (6M)

A profile of the man who produced records for The Small Faces, Led Zeppelin and others.

A profile of the man who produced records for The Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Who, amongst many others.

6M01Lieber And Stoller20100414

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers.

The Record Producers - Leiber and Stoller (part 1 of 2).

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the American writers and producers who made hits for Elvis Presley, The Drifters and many more.

90Glyn Johns - 12008042320070606 (6M)
20090122 (6M)

The producer discusses his work with artists such as The Small Faces, Led Zeppelin and Boz Scaggs.

90Leiber And Stoller - 120070603 (6M)
20090119 (6M)
90Leiber And Stoller - 2 Last *20070604 (6M)
20090120 (6M)
90Mickie Most2010041620100419
20070605 (6M)
20090121 (6M)

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the producer.

The Record Producers - Mickie Most.

Looking at his work with Donovan & The Animals.

Andy Peebles presents a profile of the producer whose credits include The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan and Jeff Beck