Ricky Ross Meets [Radio Scotland]

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Albert Hammond2017080620181227 (RS)Albert Hammond has written some of the biggest pop songs in the last five decades recorded by Tina Turner, The Hollies, The Everly Brothers, Whitney Houston, Starship, Art Garfunkel, Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, Aswad, Ace Of Base and Leo Sayer. He's also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. In this extended conversation he illustrates the songs that have defined his career by performing them to Ricky in the studio. Albert shares the stories of how they were made and describes his creative partnerships with fellow writers including Mike Hazlewood, Graham Lyle, Hal David and Diane Warren.

Albert Hammond shares the stories of his successful songwriting career.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Albert Hammond2017080620181227 (RS)
20200506 (RS)
Albert Hammond shares the stories of his successful songwriting career.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Albert Hammond has written some of the biggest pop songs in the last five decades recorded by Tina Turner, The Hollies, The Everly Brothers, Whitney Houston, Starship, Art Garfunkel, Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, Aswad, Ace Of Base and Leo Sayer. He's also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. In this extended conversation he illustrates the songs that have defined his career by performing them to Ricky in the studio. Albert shares the stories of how they were made and describes his creative partnerships with fellow writers including Mike Hazlewood, Graham Lyle, Hal David and Diane Warren.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Albert Hammond has written some of the biggest pop songs in the last five decades recorded by Tina Turner, The Hollies, The Everly Brothers, Whitney Houston, Starship, Art Garfunkel, Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson, Aswad, Ace Of Base and Leo Sayer. He's also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. In this extended conversation he illustrates the songs that have defined his career by performing them to Ricky in the studio. Albert shares the stories of how they were made and describes his creative partnerships with fellow writers including Mike Hazlewood, Graham Lyle, Hal David and Diane Warren.

Chris Difford2020060320200926 (RS)Squeeze co-founder Chris Difford shares stories behind the band's most enduring songs.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Squeeze's Chris Difford shares stories behind some of the band's most enduring songs.

Squeeze co-founder, Chris Difford, along with Glenn Tilbrook, has written some of pop's best loved songs: Cool for Cats, Labelled with Love, Tempted and Up the Junction. Ricky Ross brings us a conversation with Chris Difford that discusses where the ideas for these songs came from, including which one was written on the back of a cigarette pack! And Chris discusses his relationship with his co-writer, Glenn, and how lockdown is nothing new to them!

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Cliff Richard2020112820201205 (RS)
20201224 (RS)
Cliff Richard shares the stories behind some of the songs from over sixty years of music making. From his debut hit record 'Move It' at the birth of rock 'n' roll to his most recent album 'Music.. The Air That I Breathe' that made him the first artist ever to score a Top 5 album in eight consecutive decades.

He's one of the most successful recording artists of all time with only the Beatles and Elvis Presley selling more singles in UK Chart history. Elvis Presley saw him as competition and John Lennon said, “Before Cliff and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.“

An extended conversation with one of the UK's most successful artists of all time.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Cliff Richard shares the stories behind some of the songs from over sixty years of music making. From his debut hit record 'Move It' at the birth of rock 'n' roll to his most recent album 'Music.. The Air That I Breathe' that made him the first artist ever to score a Top 5 album in eight consecutive decades.

He's one of the most successful recording artists of all time with only the Beatles and Elvis Presley selling more singles in UK Chart history.Elvis Presley saw him as competition and John Lennon said, “Before Cliff and The Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.“

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Del Bryant2020061720201010 (RS)Del Bryant, son of writing duo Felice and Boudleaux, shares stories of his parents songs.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Del Bryant is the son of one of Nashville’s most celebrated and popular songwriting duos – Felice & Boudleaux Bryant. Ricky joins Del at the family home and hears how Del's parents met, and in the words of the famous Johnny and June song, married in a fever, and went on to write over 6,000 songs including most of The Everly Brothers hits. He shares stories of family meals Italian style cooked by Felice, and writing for the new teenage phenomenon in the 1950s.

Del Bryant, son of writing duo Felice and Boudleaux, shares stories of his parents' songs.

Dolly Parton20190422An extended interview with The First Lady of Country Music, Dolly Parton, exploring her song-writing and the stories behind some of her most-loved songs.

Dolly Parton is the first ever successful female singer-songwriter, writing over 3,000 songs. In this unique conversation about her writing process she describes her early days at Monument Records under the guidance of Fred Foster, turning down several requests to meet with Elvis and refusing his demand for a publishing credit on one of her biggest hits. She talks about her relationship with collaborators Porter Wagoner and Kenny Rogers, being mad at Linda Ronstadt for missing out a key lyric in one of her songs and the clause she gave Whitney Houston for the use of I Will Always Love You in The Bodyguard soundtrack. Dolly shares the stories behind her songs and the real events centred around her humble up-bringing. Plus she describes the opportunity to bring her songs to the stage for 9 To 5 The Musical and revisit the themes of the original movie in the #MeToo movement.

A unique conversation with Dolly Parton, celebrating and exploring her song-writing.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Eddi Reader2020052720200801 (RS)Singer songwriter Eddi Reader shares stories and memories from her musical career.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Eddi Reader is one of Scotland’s best loved vocalists. It’s a career that’s seen her go from a session singer in London with artists including The Eurythmics, Alison Moyet and the Waterboys to the songs of Robert Burns and a chart topper with Fairground Attraction. In conversation with Ricky Ross, Eddi reveals why Fairground Attraction’s life as a band was anything but Perfect, and explains where her love of traditional and folk music grew from.

Elvis Costello20210101
Gary Barlow2021040220210403 (RS)The stories behind his songs and music.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Ricky Ross in conversation with Gary Barlow sharing the stories behind his life in music. Gary describes playing regular gigs in clubs as a teen, learning the art of performance from comedy greats such as Bob Monkhouse, the highs and lows of fame in the 90s with Take That, and rekindling his friendship and working relationship with Robbie Williams.

Gilbert O'sullivan20180928Singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan shares the stories behind his songs.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Gilbert O'sullivan2018092820181225 (RS)Singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan shares the stories behind his songs.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Gilbert O'sullivan2018092820181225 (RS)
20200429 (RS)
Singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan shares the stories behind his songs.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan shares the stories behind his songs.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Graham Gouldman20210417

Graham Gouldman's songs have been recorded by the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Wayne Fontana. He was also singer-songwriter, musician and producer with 10cc in the 1970s, enjoying 3 number 1 singles and 5 Top 10 albums. In the 1980s his success continued when he formed the group Wax with Andrew Gold. Graham has also been part of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band and enjoyed his own solo recording career.

Hear the stories behind his catalogue of songs that span almost 60 years and discover the artists that have inspired his music.

The stories behind the hit songs recorded by the Hollies, Herman's Hermits, 10cc and Wax.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Graham Gouldman20210417Graham Gouldman's songs have been recorded by the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Wayne Fontana. He was also singer-songwriter, musician and producer with 10cc in the 1970s, enjoying 3 number 1 singles and 5 Top 10 albums. In the 1980s his success continued when he formed the group Wax with Andrew Gold. Graham has also been part of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band and enjoyed his own solo recording career.

Hear the stories behind his catalogue of songs that span almost 60 years and discover the artists that have inspired his music.

The stories behind the hit songs recorded by the Hollies, Herman's Hermits, 10cc and Wax.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Graham Nash2016050220181130 (RS)Graham Nash reveals the personal stories behind his studio album This Path Tonight. He explains why he will never work with David Crosby again. He traces his story back to when he left the Hollies for a new life in America with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The singer-songwriter describes his relationship with Joni Mitchell, his friendship with Neil Young and an encounter with Mama Cass.

An extended conversation with singer-songwriter Graham Nash about his music and longevity.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Jackson Browne20180602Jackson Browne reveals the stories behind some of his most loved songs.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Jackson Browne began making music in the 1960s. He played a big part in the Laurel Canyon Californian music scene of the 70s with the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and The Byrds all recording his songs. His solo albums and songs continue to provide the soundtrack to our lives.

In this special programme Ricky Ross meets Jackson, explores his songbook and the stories behind his classic songs. He describes working with Stephen Stills, Lowell George from Little Feat, David Crosby and Gram Parsons.

Jim Kerr2020051320200525 (RS)
20200808 (RS)
Simple Minds front man and songwriter Jim Kerr shares the stories behind his songs.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Jim Kerr is the front man from one of Scotland’s biggest bands – Simple Minds. With 5 UK Number 1 albums and countless top selling singles, his back catalogue takes us from punk to the end of apartheid to the shipyards of his hometown, Glasgow.

In this special programme, Ricky Ross spends time in conversation with Jim looking back at 40 plus years in the music business; hearing about why 'I Feel Love' by Donna Summer was a turning point for Simple Minds, what made salmon fishing part of a conversation with Nelson Mandela, and how reticent the band were to record what would turn out to be a US No 1 selling single, Don’t You (Forget About Me).

Joan Armatrading2021010520210104 (RS)Joan Armatrading shares the stories behind her songs and music from a career that spans almost 50 years. Her records continue to develop with new experiences and technology.

Joan reveals that she still suffers from stage fright when she plays live, she describes how she arranges every aspect of the song before she goes into the studio and remembers writing some of her most-loved recordings including Love And Affection, Willow, I'm Lucky and Down To Zero.

The UK singer, songwriter and musician shares the stories from her 50 year career.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Justin Currie2020052020200905 (RS)Justin Currie shares stories about his successful singer- songwriting career.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Justin Currie shares stories about his successful singing and songwriting career.

Del Amitri released 6 albums from the mid 80's through to the early 2000's, their single 'Roll to Me' was a Top 10 seller in the Billboard Hot 100 and their music is still much loved today. Justin Currie, the band's lead singer and songwriter spends time in conversation with Ricky Ross talking about his career, from writing songs of infidelity to the perfect radio song. From the difficulty in creatively writing during the Covid-19 lockdown to his love of Hank Williams songs, Justin also remembers that moment when he found out they'd made it to their first Top of the Pops appearance.

Del Amitri released 6 albums from the mid 80's through to the early 2000's, their single 'Roll to Me' was a Top 10 seller in the Billboard Hot 100 and their music is still much loved today. Justin Currie, the band's lead singer and songwriter spends time in conversation with Ricky Ross talking about his career, from writing songs of infidelity to the perfect radio song. From the difficulty in creatively writing during the Covid-19 lock down to his love of Hank Williams songs, Justin also remembers that moment when he found out they'd made it to their first Top of the Pops appearance.

Lloyd Cole20210501Lloyd Cole shares the stories from his early days with his band, The Commotions, in Glasgow, relocating to America to record his debut solo album in New York and now making music in his home studio in Massachusetts.

Lloyd re-examines songs from across his 40 year career including Perfect Skin, Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken? Forest Fire, Brand New Friend, No Blue Skies and Like Lovers Do.

The singer-songwriter shares the stories behind his 40 year career that began in Glasgow.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

The stories behind his songs and music.

Loudon Wainwright Iii20210424The stories behind his songs and music.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Nick Lowe2020041020200413 (RS)
20201003 (RS)
An extended conversation with the singer, songwriter and record producer. Nick Lowe shares the stories behind his hit singles ‘So It Goes’, ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ and ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’. And how the themes of love, loss and mortality have shaped his more recent albums. He's a founding member of Stiff Records where he produced many great records including the early Elvis Costello albums and the first ever punk single - ‘New Rose’ by The Damned.

Nick was a key player in the British Pub Rock, New Wave and Power Pop movements with his bands Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile. Although never released as a single, his song ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’ was included on the biggest selling soundtrack album of all time – The Bodyguard. Nick Lowe became part of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s family when he married country singer-songwriter Carlene Carter in 1979. He shares the stories of how Johnny introduced him to different country music and ended up recording two songs that were written by Nick.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Ricky Ross talks to Nick Lowe about the stories behind his songs.

An extended conversation with singer, songwriter and record producer Nick Lowe, who shares the stories behind his hit singles ‘So It Goes’, ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ and ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’. And how the themes of love, loss and mortality have shaped his more recent albums. He's a founding member of Stiff Records where he produced many great records including the early Elvis Costello albums and the first ever punk single - ‘New Rose’ by The Damned.

An extended conversation with the singer, songwriter and record producer, Nick Lowe.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Paul Carrack20210410Paul Carrack shares the stories behind his songs in over 40 years of music-making. From explaining the real meaning behind his 1974 hit 'How Long' with Ace, to his experiences of touring with Roxy Music, Paul describes how he came to be be hired as keyboard player in Squeeze, replacing Jools Holland, and finding himself recording lead vocals in the band's 1981 hit 'Tempted', thanks to Elvis Costello. Paul also remembers becoming a member of Mike And The Mechanics, and reveals his connection to Grammy winning vocalist Linda Ronstadt.

An extended conversation with the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Paul Mccartney2019070420190706 (RS)
20190926 (RS)
Paul McCartney celebrates his late wife's photography and their love of Scotland in this conversation with Ricky Ross. The Linda McCartney Retrospective is being shown in the UK for the first time at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Paul describes how their family home in Argyll and the people from Campbeltown, inspired this exhibition. Featuring some of Paul's most-loved songs that were written about Linda and the rest of his family.

Linda McCartney became a professional photographer in the mid-1960s, known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. In 1968 she was the first female photographer whose work was featured on the front of Rolling Stone magazine, with a portrait of Eric Clapton. She later became the first person to have been photographed and shot the cover of Rolling Stone. Following her marriage to Paul McCartney in 1969, Linda’s photographs became more intimate and emotional, exploring the natural world, family life and social commentary.

Celebrating the photography of his late wife Linda and their love for Scotland.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Paul McCartney celebrates his late wife's photography and their love of Scotland in this conversation with Ricky Ross. The Linda McCartney Retrospective is being shown in the UK for the first time at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Paul describes how their family home in Argyll and the people from Campbeltown, inspired this exhibition. Featuring some of Paul's most-loved songs that were written about Linda and the rest of his family.

Linda McCartney became a professional photographer in the mid-1960s, known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. In 1968 she was the first female photographer whose work was featured on the front of Rolling Stone magazine, with a portrait of Eric Clapton. She later became the first person to have been photographed and shot the cover of Rolling Stone. Following her marriage to Paul McCartney in 1969, Linda’s photographs became more intimate and emotional, exploring the natural world, family life and social commentary.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Rufus Wainwright2020061020201017 (RS)Ricky Ross in conversation with singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Ricky Ross in conversation with some of our most admired songwriters and musicians.

Ricky Ross in conversation with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

Ricky Ross is in conversation with American-Canadian singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus discusses his relationship with his dad, coping with the loss of his mother, and how his young daughter chose the title of his new album 'Unfollow The Rules'. Ricky Ross talks to Rufus about his love of opera, the joy of pop music, and his rekindled love for his home city, Montreal.

Steve Cropper2018052620180528 (RS)
20190101 (RS)
20190419 (RS)
Steve Cropper was guitarist with the Stax Records house band Booker T & The M.G.'s where he was behind their own hits Green Onions and Time Is Tight. He also co-wrote and produced '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' with Otis Redding, 'Knock on Wood' with Eddie Floyd and 'In the Midnight Hour' with Wilson Pickett. Steve Cropper is also mentioned by name, "Play it Steve!" in Sam & Dave's hit 'Soul Man'. He was also a member of the Blues Brothers band and is considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

In this extended interview with Ricky Ross from his Nashville home, Steve describes his journey into music and making some of the greatest R&B and pop songs of all time.

An extended conversation with musician, songwriter, producer and actor Steve Cropper.

Ricky Ross has an extended conversations with musicians and songwriters

Steve Cropper was guitarist with the Stax Records house band Booker T and The M.G.'s where he was behind their own hits Green Onions and Time Is Tight. He also co-wrote and produced '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' with Otis Redding, 'Knock on Wood' with Eddie Floyd and 'In the Midnight Hour' with Wilson Pickett. Steve Cropper is also mentioned by name, "Play it Steve!" in Sam and Dave's hit 'Soul Man'. He was also a member of the Blues Brothers band and is considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

In this extended interview with Ricky Ross from his Nashville home, Steve describes his journey into music and making some of the greatest R&B and pop songs of all time.