Sounds Of The 70s With Johnnie Walker

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Johnnie's Jukebox Special!2018123020190102 (R2)

You've sent in selections for Johnnie's Jukebox in 2018. Here are some of his favourites!

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Paul Carrack2019031720190319 (R2)

Paul Carrack first made his name in the 1970s as the singer with Ace. As an acclaimed songwriter and session musician, he went on to work with Roxy Music, Squeeze and Roger Waters among many others, before joining Mike and the Mechanics in the 1980s. Paul also enjoys a successful solo career and is currently on an extensive UK tour.

Singer Paul Carrack shares his 70s memories.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Paul Merton20190331

Paul Merton had just entered his teenage years at the dawn of the 1970s. Born in Parsons Green in London, Paul began performing at the Comedy Store in London in the early 1980s. One of the most recognisable comedy performers on British TV, Paul appeared in an episode of the Young Ones as a 'yokel' in 1984 but it wasn't until 1988 that he began to make his name on the small screen regularly, in 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' on Channel 4. In 1990 he began appearing on the BBC's 'Have I Got News For You?'. He's also well known on BBC radio, with his regular appearances on 'Just a Minute' and 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue' on Radio 4.
Paul is about to embark on a UK tour with Paul Merton's Impro Chums. He still regularly performs at the Comedy Store in London.

Paul Merton joins Johnnie to share his 70s memories.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Richard Strange20190120

Richard Strange from the Doctors of Madness shares his memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Richard Strange2019012020190122 (R2)

Richard Strange from the Doctors of Madness shares his memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Ruby Wax20190113

Actress, comedienne, author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax joins Johnnie for this week's show.

Ruby was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She came to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ruby began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, where she began a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman, who later was to direct most of her stage comedy shows. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978.

Her TV career began in the mid 1980's with Girls on Top (1985–86), but she found her niche as a comic interviewer, with TV shows including The Full Wax (1991–94) and Ruby Wax Meets... (1994–98). She was also the script editor for the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012). Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002), reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Ruby first studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley but did not complete her degree. In 2013 she gained a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. In 2015, she was appointed a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.

Ruby's new book, 'How To Be Human' is out now.

Johnnie chats to Ruby Wax about her memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Ruby Wax2019011320190115 (R2)

Actress, comedienne, author and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax joins Johnnie for this week's show.

Ruby was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She came to the UK and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ruby began her acting career as a straight actress at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, where she began a long-standing writing and directing partnership with Alan Rickman, who later was to direct most of her stage comedy shows. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978.

Her TV career began in the mid 1980's with Girls on Top (1985–86), but she found her niche as a comic interviewer, with TV shows including The Full Wax (1991–94) and Ruby Wax Meets... (1994–98). She was also the script editor for the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012). Her memoirs, How Do You Want Me? (2002), reached the Sunday Times best-seller list.

Ruby first studied psychology at the University of California, Berkeley but did not complete her degree. In 2013 she gained a master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford University. In 2015, she was appointed a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.

Ruby's new book, 'How To Be Human' is out now.

Johnnie chats to Ruby Wax about her memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

The Three Degrees20190203

The Three Degrees were formed in the 1960's in Philadelphia, but rose to prominence in the 70's.

A total of fifteen women have been members of the band since it began. The current line up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool and the three join Johnnie to chat about their recollections of the 1970s.

The all-girl group was successful during the decade and beyond, most notably with their UK number 1 hit 'When Will I See You Again?'. They achieved 13 Top 50 hit singles between 1974 and 1985. During their career, the Three Degrees have released 13 albums and 3 live albums. They will be playing live in the UK in March, as part of the '40 Years of Disco' tour.

Johnnie is joined by The Three Degrees.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

The Three Degrees2019020320190205 (R2)

The Three Degrees were formed in the 1960's in Philadelphia, but rose to prominence in the 70's.

A total of fifteen women have been members of the band since it began. The current line up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool and the three join Johnnie to chat about their recollections of the 1970s.

The all-girl group was successful during the decade and beyond, most notably with their UK number 1 hit 'When Will I See You Again?'. They achieved 13 Top 50 hit singles between 1974 and 1985. During their career, the Three Degrees have released 13 albums and 3 live albums. They will be playing live in the UK in March, as part of the '40 Years of Disco' tour.

Johnnie is joined by The Three Degrees.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

The Three Degrees20190324

The Three Degrees were formed in the 1960's in Philadelphia, but rose to prominence in the 70's.

A total of fifteen women have been members of the band since it began. The current line up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool and the three join Johnnie to chat about their recollections of the 1970s.

The all-girl group was successful during the decade and beyond, most notably with their UK number 1 hit 'When Will I See You Again?'. They achieved 13 Top 50 hit singles between 1974 and 1985. During their career, the Three Degrees have released 13 albums and 3 live albums. They will be playing live in the UK in March, as part of the '40 Years of Disco' tour.

The Three Degrees recall their memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

The Three Degrees2019032420190326 (R2)

The Three Degrees were formed in the 1960's in Philadelphia, but rose to prominence in the 70's.

A total of fifteen women have been members of the band since it began. The current line up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool and the three join Johnnie to chat about their recollections of the 1970s.

The all-girl group was successful during the decade and beyond, most notably with their UK number 1 hit 'When Will I See You Again?'. They achieved 13 Top 50 hit singles between 1974 and 1985. During their career, the Three Degrees have released 13 albums and 3 live albums. They will be playing live in the UK in March, as part of the '40 Years of Disco' tour.

The Three Degrees recall their memories of the 1970s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Tom Robinson sits in20190106

Tom Robinson sits in for Johnnie Walker to play classic tracks from the 70s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Tom Robinson sits in2019010620190108 (R2)

Tom Robinson sits in for Johnnie Walker to play classic tracks from the 70s.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies

Tom Robinson sits in - Graham Parker is this week's guest2019031020190313 (R2)

Singer songwriter Graham Parker began his career with The Rumour in 1975. Born in East London in 1950, he's most often associated with the pub rock scene of the 1970s. Graham released his first album with the Rumour in April 1976, called 'Howlin' Wind'. The record reflected Graham's early influences; Motown, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Success followed in 1977 with their cover of the Trammps 'Hold Back the Night' which earned the band a top 30 UK hit and an appearance on Top of the Pops.

These days, Graham has a new album out and called 'Cloud Symbols' and he's also the subject of a new documentary, 'Don't Ask Me Questions'. Graham is due to tour the UK in the Autumn.

Singer-songwriter Graham Parker shares his 70s memories.

Johnnie Walker plays classic tracks from the Seventies