Tracks Of My Years

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Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Alex James20190419

Alex James the cheese maker, festival organiser and musician most famous for playing with Blur picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Spencer Davis Group, New Order, Wham! and Elbow. Alex first picked up the bass guitar in 1984 and after meeting Graham Coxon at Goldsmiths College, became the bassist in Blur alongside Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn. Blur went on to become one of the most successful and influential British bands of recent years. The band’s eight studio albums all topped the charts in the UK, generating numerous hit singles along the way including Country House, Song 2 and Beetlebum.
Blur’s 2015 return with the critically acclaimed number 1 album The Magic Whip saw the band enjoy the widest international chart success of their career ahead of a sold-out world tour and a triumphant hometown show in London’s Hyde Park.
Alex James has also worked as a songwriter and producer with artists including Marianne Faithfull, Florence & The Machine, Joe Strummer, KT Tunstall, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bernard Sumner and Kevin Rowland, as well Stephen Duffy on Me Me Me and Fat Les on the massive 1998 hit Vindaloo.
Alex’s passion for cheese is well-known and his range of award-winning cheeses includes Blue Monday, Bleu, Concorde and The Universal. He has hosted the food and music festival The Big Feastival on his farm in Oxfordshire every August since 2011 and last year saw the event hit an all-time high with a record breaking crowd of 25,000 people watching bands including Basement Jaxx and Clean Bandit as well as Chefs Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffman.

Alex James, the musician, producer and festival organiser picks his tracks with Jo Whiley.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Anita Dobson20190830

Anita Dobson, renowned TV, stage and film actress, chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce. Her most notable stage credits include "3Women" at Trafalgar Studios, "Charley's Aunt" at the Aldwych Theatre, "Chicago" at the Adelphi and "Wicked" at the Apollo Victoria all based in London. Her most memorable TV credits include the inimitable Angie Watts on "Eastenders" for which she won a Pye Award for Outstanding Female Personality, and her roles in "Nanny", "Red Dwarf" and "Call The Midwife". Anita is also known for having starred in the 1999 film "Darkness Falls". Her role in "Frozen" at the National Theatre earned her an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in 2003. Anita has now taken on the roles of Yente and Golde this summer in "Fiddler On The Roof" - Trevor Nunn's West End revival which enjoyed a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory before moving to London's Playhouse Theatre.

Anita Dobson chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Anthony Horowitz20190503

Anthony Horowitz, the hugely successful author, picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Take That, Nina Simone, The Eagles and Amy Winehouse. Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy ‘Alex Rider’ series which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies around the world. He also writes for adults and his novels set in the world of Sherlock Holmes, The House Of Silk and Moriarty were authorised by the Conan Doyle Estate. Anthony was then asked by the Ian Fleming Estate to write a continuation James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, and the latest book, Forever and a Day followed soon after.
Anthony is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s best loved TV series including Midsomer Murders and Foyles War. In 2014, he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature.

The hugely successful author picks his Tracks of My Years and chats to Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Anthony Horowitz, the hugely successful author, picks the Tracks of My Years.

Barbara Dickson20190125

Barbara Dickson, the multi-million selling recording artist and actor picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Genesis, The Beatles and Doris Day. Emerging from the Scottish Folk Revival of the 1960s, Barbara Dickson became the biggest selling Scottish female album artist of all time, earning six platinum, eleven gold and seven silver albums. Known to a wider audience in the 1970s and 1980s with hits including ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘The Caravan Song’ and ‘I Know Him So Well’, she enjoyed ten years of chart success as a pop star. Barbara was also awarded an OBE from Her Majesty The Queen in 2002 for Services to Music and Drama. As an actress, she has appeared in the award winning theatre productions, ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’. Barbara was the original Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in Liverpool before the production moved on to tour the UK and hit London's West End.

Barbara Dickson, the multi-million selling recording artist picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Beverley Knight20190712

Beverley Knight, the multi-award winning singer and actress, chooses her Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce. Born and brought up in Wolverhampton to Jamaican parents, Beverley has released eight studio albums to date and is widely regarded as one of Britain's greatest soul singers. She's best known for her hit singles "Greatest Day", "Get Up", "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" and "Come As You Are". This year she celebrates twenty-five years in music and come the autumn will be embarking on a ten date UK tour to honour the songs of Stevie Wonder. Having performed a special concert recorded for Radio 2's "Friday Night Is Music Night" series at the London Palladium last year, Beverley is set to take this same show across the UK with the Leo Green Orchestra to pay homage to one of the greatest songwriters of modern times.

Beverley Knight, the multi-award winning singer and actress, joins Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Carly Rae Jepsen20190607

talks about her all-time favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Carly Rae Jepsen talks about her all-time favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

Edwyn Collins20190823

Ken Bruce talks to Scottish singer songwriter and record producer Edwyn Collins about his favourite records. Edwyn was the lead singer for the 1980's post-punk band Orange Juice, which he co-founded. Following the group's split in 1985, Edwyn embarked on a solo career and his 1995 single "A Girl Like You" was a worldwide hit. In February 2005 he was hospitalised following two cerebral haemorrhages which resulted in aphasia, and he subsequently underwent a month long rehabilitation period. Edwyn resumed his musical career in 2007. A documentary film on his recovery, titled "The Possibilities Are Endless", was released in 2014.

Edwyn co-founded the indie record label Postcard Records and co-founded a second label, Analogue Enhanced Digital, in 2011. He has also worked as an illustrator, television actor, television producer and record producer. He won an Ivor Novello Award, the Ivor Inspiration Award, in 2009. This month Edwyn announced details on the release of "I Guess We Were Young", the latest track from his ninth solo album, "Badbea", which was released on his own label, AED, earlier this year. His forthcoming tour "Hide The Biscuits...It's Edwyn Collins Outside Tour" begins on 28th August and ends mid September.

Ken Bruce talks to Edwyn Collins about his favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Eurovision Winners - Johnny Logan, Katrina Leskanich And Cheryl Baker20190517

Ken Bruce talks to previous Eurovision winners Johnny Logan, our last UK winning entrant Katrina Leskanich the lead singer of Katrina and The Waves and self-confessed Eurovision fan, Bucks Fizz's Cheryl Baker who competed in the Contest twice. Fran Healy the Lead singer of Scottish rock band Travis surprised us all with his choice, Brotherhood of Man's 1976 winning song "Save Your Kisses For Me". Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell was keen on Sandie Shaw's "Puppet On A String" but hadn't realised it was a winner in 1968 and the writer of that winning song was Bill Martin he came into the show and didn't choose "Puppet On A String" but a previous Italian entry "Volare" which he freely admits was a huge musical influence especially the opening elongated note.

Ken Bruce talks to previous Eurovision winners and devotees of the contest.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Fleur East20190322

Fleur East, the UK popstar picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from TLC, Alicia Keys and Earth, Wind & Fire. Fleur first rose to fame as a powerhouse finalist on The X Factor in 2014 where she achieved a number one on iTunes with her version of 'Uptown Funk'. After the competition Fleur released the hit single 'Sax' which reached the top 3 in the UK Singles Charts and stayed in the Top 10 for seven weeks. The song also went Top 10 in Mexico, peaked at number 2 in Costa Rica and was certified Gold in the Netherlands and Australia. Fleur also went on to create an impact in the USA, performing 'Sax' on Dancing With The Stars, The Late Late Show and The Today Show. It still continues to be a huge record, with over 100 million streams on Spotify. Fleur's latest single 'Favourite Things', which she co-wrote, was released shortly after her stint in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! where she finished in fourth place.

Fleur East, the UK popstar picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Freya Ridings20190906

Freya Ridings, English singer songwriter, chooses her favourite records with Gary Davies. She is best known for her 2017 single "Lost Without You", which peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. She performed the song live on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards show in 2018 and also on The Greatest Dancer in 2019. Freya released her self-titled debut album this July and announced she is the second artist to be selected for the UK's Youtube Music's Artist on The Rise programme. While "Lost Without You" established Freya's rising star status, it was the strength of her live shows that first earned her a word of mouth fanbase - as captured in her early live recordings Live At Omeara and Live At St. Pancras Old Church. Every tour has seen Freya rise to play bigger venues, most recently with a sold out London show at The Roundhouse. Last month she also announced details of her biggest UK tour to date. It will see her play to a combined audience of over 23,000 people, including over 5000 in London when she takes to the stage at the Eventim Apollo in November.

Freya Ridings chooses her favourite records with Gary Davies.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Gabrielle20190412

Gabrielle, the UK singer-songwriter picks the Tracks of My Years and tells the stories behind her favourite tracks. Gabrielle has sold over 5 million records in the UK alone and achieved two number 1 singles, 10 Top 10 singles, a number 1 album and 5 Top 10 Albums. She is also a two time BRIT Award winner, receiving the Best British Breakthrough Act in 1994 and the Best British Female Solo Artist in 1997. Gabrielle has also won various MOBO Awards and an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection. Under My Skin is Gabrielle’s first studio album in 11 years and marks 25 years since the release of her debut single, Dreams. The number 1 single stormed the charts all over Europe and Australia, going Gold in the UK and cementing Gabrielle as one of the most exciting names in pop music.

Gabrielle, the UK singer-songwriter picks her favourite songs in the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Graham Gouldman20190201

Graham Gouldman, the singer, songwriter and musician from 10cc picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and Billy Joel. 10cc are considered one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music. They've had eleven Top 10 Hits, and sold over 15 million albums in the UK alone. The band have achieved three No 1 singles – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and of course, I’m Not In Love, which features prominently in the soundtrack to the film Guardians of the Galaxy, which spawned a Number 1 album in the United States. Graham has also performed with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, touring across Europe and the USA plus he's written songs for The Yardbirds, Wax, Herman's Hermits and The Hollies.

Graham Gouldman, the singer and songwriter from 10cc picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Heather Small20190719

Heather Small, British soul singer and former lead singer of the band M People, chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce. Her debut solo album 'Proud', was released in 2000 and the title song was later adopted as the official theme for the successful London 2012 Olympic bid, She was also a contestant in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing back in 2008. Heather, who grew up on a West London council estate, joined her first group, Hot House, while she was still a teenager. She was the studio singer voice of the re-recorded version of UK number 1 single "Ride on Time" from Italian house band Black Box. After a chance meeting with Manchester DJ Mike Pickering, formerly of Quando Quango, Heather and her distinctive voice helped to sell over 10 million albums worldwide singing with the group M People. They had considerable success with songs such as "Moving On Up", "One Night In Heaven" and "Search for the Hero". Small has said that her major influence has been singer Elkie Brooks. In 1997, Heather performed on the "Perfect Day" record alongside a wide range of artists including Tom Jones and Lou Reed. The song was the official 1997 Children in Need charity release. It sold over a million copies and was the UK's number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells. This August Heather will be performing at Rewind North and Rewind South Festivals. The hugely popular ‘80's and beyond’ festival returns this year with Bryan Ferry, Foreigner, Michael Bolton, Four Tops, Thin Lizzy and Gloria Gaynor headlining across three sites. Lulu, Grandmaster Flash, Bananarama, The Stranglers, Belinda Carlisle, Lisa Stansfield, and Martin Kemp are some of the other music stars joining. Plus, award-winning comedians Russell Kane, Joel Dommett, Phill Jupitus and more.

Heather Small, British soul singer, selects her favourite tunes with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Janelle Mon\u00e1e20190623

Another chance to hear Glastonbury bound Janelle Monáe's favourite tracks, originally broadcast in May 2018. The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter picks the Tracks Of My Years with music from Gnarls Barkley, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Tom Tom Club, David Bowie, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Prince and Blondie.
Janelle is signed to her own independent label, Wondaland Arts Society, as well as Atlantic Records. In 2007, Janelle released her first album The ArchAndroid with her second album, The Electric Lady following in 2013. In April she released her third album Dirty Computer which included two singles with accompanying visuals, Make Me Feel and Django Jane. In 2016, Janelle began her acting career, where she had significant roles in Hidden Figures and the Academy Award-winning Moonlight.

Glastonbury bound Janelle Mon\u00e1e chooses the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Jessie Buckley20190426

Jessie Buckley, the actress and musician whose latest film Wild Rose sees her on a quest to become a country music star, picks the Tracks of My Years. The film sees Jessie star opposite Julie Walters in the role of Rose-Lynn, a woman who is fresh out of jail and has two young children and she is desperate to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville. Irish-born RADA graduate Jessie’s performances include starring as Princess Marya in BBC hit-adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic novel War And Peace, starring opposite Tom Hardy in historic drama series Taboo and working alongside Stephen Campbell Moore, Ben Miles and Jessica Raine in the BBC One drama series The Last Post. Jessie's choices include Fleetwood Mac, Nina Simone, The Dixie Chicks and Emmylou Harris.

Jessie Buckley, the actress and musician, picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Kiefer Sutherland20190531

Kiefer Sutherland, actor and singer-songwriter best known as Jack Bauer in the award winning Television series '24', chooses the Tracks of My Years with Gary Davies with music from Elton John, Dobie Gray, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. Kiefer got his first leading film role in the Canadian drama ‘The Bay Boy’ in 1984, which earned him a Genie Award nomination. Since that time he has had a successful movie career, starring in films such as ‘Stand by Me’ in 1986, ‘The Lost Boys’ in 1987, ‘Young Guns’ in 1988, ‘Flatliners’ in 1990, ‘A Few Good Men’ in 1992, ‘The Three Musketeers’ in 1993, ‘A Time to Kill’ in 1996, ‘Dark City’ in 1998, ‘Phone Booth’ in 2002, ‘Melancholia’ in 2011, ‘Pompeii’ in 2014 and a ‘Flatliners’ remake in 2017. Kiefer is no stranger to the music world either. His 2016 critically acclaimed debut album 'Down In A Hole' is followed this year with 'Reckless & Me' which pays tribute to the "average person who works very hard just to stay in the middle". The ten songs were written primarily by Kiefer with select contributions from his producer and long-term friend Jude Cole. While country music is the beating heart of 'Reckless & Me', its songs span wider Americana, encompassing folk, rock, blues and a whole lot more. They're all connected by Kiefer's love of sharing stories, whether by recounting snapshots of his own life or relating the experiences of others.

Kiefer Sutherland talks to Gary Davies about his all time favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Lewis Capaldi20190621

Lewis Capaldi, the UK singer-songwriter who has had the biggest selling single of the year so far with 'Someone You Loved' picks the Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce. His song choices range from Paolo Nutini and Kings of Leon to Sia and Shania Twain. His debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was recorded over 18 months in London, Los Angeles and New York. Before that Lewis had been plugging-in night-after-night into the local pub gig circuit of Glasgow. Since then he's gone on to sell over 150,000 headline show tickets and sold out five back to back tours. He's also supported Sam Smith, Rag’n’ Bone Man, Bastille & Niall Horan on their tours. Lewis will also support Ed Sheeran at some of his UK stadium tour dates this summer. He's achieved over 600 million plays across streaming services and enlisted the acting skills of the phenomenal actor Peter Capaldi in one of his music videos.

Lewis Capaldi, the UK singer-songwriter selects his favourite songs.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Louise20190705

Louise, the London born singer, dancer and actress who first found fame in the nineties girl group Eternal, chooses her Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce. After her split from the band Louise went on to enjoy a hugely successful solo career and to date she's had eighteen consecutive top 20 singles, six with Eternal and twelve solo. Her debut solo album 'Naked' sold over one million copies and overall she has sold over fifteen million records worldwide and five million records in the UK.

In August 2016, she took part in the fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing managing to reach the final with professional dancer Kevin Clifton. She was eventually pipped to the coveted post by BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba. It renewed her love for performing and the following year she played Ray Winstone’s wife Irene in Tim Lewiston’s feature film 'The Hot Potato' and a few months later made her stage debut starring as Sally Bowles in the National Tour of Cabaret with Will Young. Her most recent stage performance ended only last month where she played Violet Newstead in the West End hit musical '9 to 5'. Earlier this year she announced her first new music in sixteen years with a brand new album called 'Heavy Love' due out in October.

Louise, singer, dancer and actress, chooses her favorite tracks with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

Lukas Nelson20190809

Gary Davies talks to Lukas Nelson about his favourite records. Lukas began his career in the early noughties playing shows with his father, country music legend Willie Nelson. Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Lukas began playing guitar at a young age in an attempt to better connect with his hard touring father. By the age of 13, he had joined his father's band, touring as his rhythm guitarist and learning the stagecraft that would eventually carry him into his own career. After moving to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University in 2007, he met drummer Anthony LoGerfo, with whom he formed the band Promise of the Real in 2008. Once again joining his father on tour, this time as the opening act, Lukas & Promise Of The Real self released their Brando's Paradise Session EP, which featured artwork by Lukas' brother Micah Nelson, in 2009. While continuing to pursue his own career, Lukas remained closely intertwined with his father's music, often opening for him, then playing the next set in Willie's band. The two worked together on Willie's 2012 album, "Heroes", which featured a number of father and son vocal and guitar duets. The Promise Of The Real's profile continued to rise in 2018 through their roles in feature films. They played themselves in "Paradox" - a Neil Young vehicle directed by Daryl Hannah - and appeared on the soundtrack as well. Bigger still was Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born", which contained songs Nelson co-wrote with the film's star Lady Gaga and featured TPOTR as Cooper's supporting band. All this set up the June 2019 release of the band's second album "Turn Off The News, Build A Garden." which went to number one in the US Country chart.

Gary Davies talks to Lukas Nelson about his favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Lukas Nelson20190809

Gary Davies talks to Lukas Nelson about his favourite records. Lukas began his career in the early noughties playing shows with his father, country music legend Willie Nelson. Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Lukas began playing guitar at a young age in an attempt to better connect with his hard touring father. By the age of 13, he had joined his father's band, touring as his rhythm guitarist and learning the stagecraft that would eventually carry him into his own career. After moving to Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University in 2007, he met drummer Anthony LoGerfo, with whom he formed the band Promise of the Real in 2008. Once again joining his father on tour, this time as the opening act, Lukas & Promise Of The Real self released their Brando's Paradise Session EP, which featured artwork by Lukas' brother Micah Nelson, in 2009. While continuing to pursue his own career, Lukas remained closely intertwined with his father's music, often opening for him, then playing the next set in Willie's band. The two worked together on Willie's 2012 album, "Heroes", which featured a number of father and son vocal and guitar duets. The Promise Of The Real's profile continued to rise in 2018 through their roles in feature films. They played themselves in "Paradox" - a Neil Young vehicle directed by Daryl Hannah - and appeared on the soundtrack as well. Bigger still was Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born", which contained songs Nelson co-wrote with the film's star Lady Gaga and featured TPOTR as Cooper's supporting band. All this set up the June 2019 release of the band's second album "Turn Off The News, Build A Garden." which went to number one in the US Country chart.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Mans Zelmerlow And Surie2018051120190512 (R2)

As we count down to this year's Eurovision Song contest, to kick things off, another chance to hear a specially recorded Tracks of My Years by the Swedish Eurovision champion from 2015 and one of this year's interval acts Mans Zelmerlow her was joined by our entrant from last year's Contest SuRie.

Hear Ken Bruce's Tracks of My Years every weekday between 9.30-12.00 on BBC Radio 2.

In the lead up to Eurovision a repeat of Mans Zelmerlow and SuRie's Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Mark Feehily Chooses The Tracks Of My Years20190628

Mark Feehily of Westlife selects his favourite songs.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Neil Hannon20190816

Neil Hannon, the founder and lead singer of The Divine Comedy chooses his favourite records with Ken Brucei. Neil is considered one of the country’s most creative songwriters and has recently released his latest album from The Divine Comedy called Office Politics. The album is full of songs about characters and machines, synthesizers and songs about synthesizers. It also has guitars, orchestras, accordions and songs about love and greed. Neil says the songs and characters for the album emerged faster than he could keep track of them.

Neil formed The Divine Comedy in 1989 in Northern Ireland and he is the only consistent band member, and at times has played all the instruments himself. The band’s break-through album was Casanova in 1996, their fourth album which featured the single ‘Something For The Weekend’. Their highest charting single was ‘National Express’ which reached number 8 in the UK charts in 1999.

In 1998 Neil provided backing vocals with Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys for Robbie Williams’ single ‘No Regrets’. The Divine Comedy also supported Robbie Williams on his post-Millennium tour in the same year.

Neil also wrote the theme tunes to the hit TV series Father Ted and The IT Crowd and is currently working on the Father Ted musical with Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews .

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Neil Hannon, the founder and lead singer of The Divine Comedy chooses his favourite records with Ken Brucei. Neil is considered one of the country’s most creative songwriters and has recently released his latest album from The Divine Comedy called Office Politics. The album is full of songs about characters and machines, synthesizers and songs about synthesizers. It also has guitars, orchestras, accordions and songs about love and greed. Neil says the songs and characters for the album emerged faster than he could keep track of them.

Neil formed The Divine Comedy in 1989 in Northern Ireland and he is the only consistent band member, and at times has played all the instruments himself. The band’s break-through album was Casanova in 1996, their fourth album which featured the single ‘Something For The Weekend’. Their highest charting single was ‘National Express’ which reached number 8 in the UK charts in 1999.

In 1998 Neil provided backing vocals with Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys for Robbie Williams’ single ‘No Regrets’. The Divine Comedy also supported Robbie Williams on his post-Millennium tour in the same year.

Neil also wrote the theme tunes to the hit TV series Father Ted and The IT Crowd and is currently working on the Father Ted musical with Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Nicola Adams20190405

Nicola Adams OBE, Olympic Gold medallist and Great Britain's most successful female boxer picks the Tracks of My Years. In August 2016, Nicola became the first British boxer to successfully defend their Olympic title for 92 years. Having also become World Champion in May 2016 she has now secured a grand slam of titles, and is the only female boxer in the history of the sport to have won every major title available to her; Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.
Over the course of the London 2012 Olympic games, Nicola became an icon after winning Great Britain's first ever female boxing Gold, having defeated three time world champion Red Cancan she instantly became a role model. Nicola achieved her dream in front of millions, as the nation tuned in to see the world’s best female boxers come toe-to-toe for the first time in the Olympics.
In recognition of her services to boxing and unprecedented achievement, Nicola was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list. She was made an OBE in the 2016 New Year's Honours list. Nicola has enjoyed acting; she appeared as an extra in some of Britain’s iconic soaps, including, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and had a cameo appearance in the BBC’s award-winning drama series, Waterloo Road, where she played herself.

Nicola Adams, Great Britain's most successful female boxer, picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 201920190802

Ken revisits guest picks from artists appearing this year at R2's Festival In A Day

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 201920190802

Ken revisits guest picks from artists appearing this year at R2's Festival In A Day

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Richard Carpenter20190614

Richard Carpenter, one half of the sibling duo The Carpenters, chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from 10cc, Fred Astaire Nat King Cole and The Beatles. With a trademark sound highlighted by Richard's multi-layered production and sister Karen's timeless voice, The Carpenters set a new standard for melodic pop becoming the top-selling American artists of the 1970's. Some fifty years on, they remain among the best-selling legacy acts worldwide. In December last year the newly produced "Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" was released with fresh orchestrations augmenting the original recordings. The album features timeless hits and favourites, pairing the duo's original vocal and instrumental tracks with new arrangements from Richard, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Richard Carpenter, the iconic songwriter from The Carpenters joins Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Rob Beckett20190315

Rob Beckett, the comedian and presenter who’s best known for hosting BBC One’s hit Saturday night TV show All Together Now is picking the Tracks of My Years with songs from George Ezra, The Smiths, Rod Stewart and La Roux. Rob is also one of the hosts on this year’s live Comic Relief TV show on Red Nose Day alongside Emma Willis, Paddy McGuiness, Alesha Dixon, Romesh Ranganathan and Sir Lenny Henry.
Rob began performing stand up in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. Within his first year, he had won four new act competitions including the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2010 and Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year 2009. Rob Beckett’s tour Mouth Of The South received fantastic reviews as he made his way across the country and sold a fantastic 80,000 tickets. He’s one of the team captains on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and has appeared on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You, The Royal Variety Performance and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Rob is also a regular host on BBC One entertainment including the Saturday night hit All Together Now, which sees Rob and co-host Geri Horner help hopeful singers as they perform for The 100, a panel of singers from all across Britain. He’s also set for a brand new UK tour called Wallop at the end of 2019.

Rob Beckett, the comedian and presenter is picking the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Sara Bareilles20190329

Sara Bareilles, the American singer-songwriter, actress and author picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Carole King, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Sia. She also shares the stories behind why she chose the songs, what they mean to her and the incredible artists she has met and worked with throughout her career. Sara, who is a six time Grammy Award nominee is about to release her first studio album since 2013, Amidst The Chaos alongside the lead single Fire. Sara made her debut with the album Little Voice in 2007, which reached number one in 22 countries around the world. Since then, she has gone on to release a New York Times best-selling book, Sounds Like Me – My Life (so far) in Song, and numerous studio albums including, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. Sara wrote the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Waitress, which has now opened in London's West End. For the musical Sara received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. Sara has also been Emmy nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live! In 2018 Sara co-hosted the Tony Awards in New York alongside Josh Groban.

Sara Bareilles, the American singer-songwriter and actress picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Siobhan Fahey20190726

Siobhan Fahey, founder of the award-winning musical act Shakespears Sister, chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce. Originally a member of Bananarama, Siobhan began her new venture initially as a solo act, but in 1989 teamed up with American musician Marcella Detroit. By 1992 they had achieved two top 10 albums, "Sacred Heart" and "Hormonally Yours". The latter was certified double platinum in the UK and was a hit around the world. Their single "Stay" was number one in the UK for eight weeks. Their other top ten hits include "You're History" and "I Don't Care". The video for "Stay" was directed by award winning director Sophie Muller. who went on to direct videos for Coldplay, Rihanna, Beyonce, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Annie Lennox, Blur and more. The duo was nominated for Brit awards in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1992 they were awarded a Brit for "Stay" which won Best Video. A year later "Hormonally Yours" won the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection". This year sees the thirtieth anniversary of their first hit single "You're History". Following a famous fall out in 1993, Siobhan and Marcella were reunited in 2018 and decided to write some music together for the first time in over twenty-five years. The result is their new single "All The Queens Horses",and a forthcoming UK tour this November. The new record is produced by Nick Launay and features members of The Bad Seeds.

Siobhan Fahey of Shakespears Sister chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Sir Richard Stilgoe20190118

Sir Richard Stilgoe, the composer and lyricist picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Paul Simon, Michael Crawford and Kate Bush. Richard has spent fifty years as a performer and writer in all forms of the performing arts. On television he appeared on Nationwide, That's Life and several series of his own. On stage he toured for many years with his one-man show and subsequently his two-man show with Peter Skellern.
He wrote lyrics for Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera and music and lyrics for Bodywork , Brilliant the Dinosaur, ‘Orpheus – the Mythical’ and Road Rage. His broadcasting work has earned him the New York Radio Festival Gold Award, three Monaco Festival Prizes and the Prix Italia. Richard sits on various boards involved in music education. In 1997 he founded the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, where young disabled people prepare for independent living through a series of performing arts courses.

Composer and lyricist Sir Richard Stilgoe picks the Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Stephen Tompkinson20190510

Stephen Tompkinson, the actor who has starred in ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, and seven series of Wild at Heart picks the Tracks of My Years with music from U2, Shirley Bassey, Alice Cooper, The Cure and Morecambe & Wise. Stephen is now playing the role of Frank in the UK tour of Willy Russell's Educating Rita. The hugely successful play tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her meetings with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, he soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other. Stephen has previously starred in hit TV comedy Drop The Dead Donkey, for which he won a British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. He's also well known for playing the role of Father Peter Clifford in three series of the hit BBC One series Ballykissangel in the 1990s and for starring in the hit British film Brassed Off. His theatre work includes roles in Spamalot, A Christmas Carol and Art.

Stephen Tompkinson, the actor who starred in Wild at Heart, picks his Tracks of My Years.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Zara Larsson20190524

Zara Larsson picks the Tracks of My Years with music from Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Whitney Houston and a track from the Twilight movie soundtrack. At the age of ten, Zara got her first break by winning Sweden’s Got Talent and she hoped to start her career there and then. However, it was a couple of years later at the age of thirteen when Zara achieved her dream of landing a record deal. Then aged fifteen Zara released her first song Uncover which reached number one in Sweden. Her last album and international breakthrough, So Good is the second most streamed album by a female artist ever on Spotify, at 2.65 billion streams and counting. Her biggest YouTube hit, the unmistakable ear worm Lush Life has over 620 million views. In 2017 she enjoyed a stream of sold-out European and South American live shows. She has performed for the Nobel Prize committee, Ellen Degeneres, Jimmy Fallon and picked up a couple of MTV EMA’s. Zara is currently touring across Europe supporting Ed Sheeran on his latest stadium tour as well as performing at her own headline shows. Her latest single Don't Worry Bout Me is an attitude-heavy anthem from a young woman who is quickly becoming a global pop star. Mixing a love of dancehall grooves with ethereal, Scandinavian electronics, the track is in many ways a spiritual successor to her massive hit single Ruin My Life.

Zara Larsson chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Zoe Ball20190111

Zoe Ball picks the Tracks of My Years ahead of launching the brand new Radio 2 Breakfast show. Zoe is the third presenter to host the show in recent years after Chris Evans took over from Sir Terry Wogan as the presenter in January 2010. Sir Terry first began presenting the Radio 2 Breakfast Show from 1972 (at the age of 34) – December 1984, after which he left to concentrate on TV work. He returned to the programme in 1992 and continued until December 2009, when he moved to a Sunday morning show, Weekend Wogan. Zoe first joined BBC Radio in October 1997 as the co-host the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with co-presenter Kevin Greening. From October 1998 to March 2000, Zoe hosted the programme solo, the first female to do so. Zoe has been a regular voice on Radio 2 since 2006, presenting various documentaries and providing holiday cover for Chris Evans, Ken Bruce and Dermot O’Leary. From June 2009 to January 2012, Zoe presented the Saturday early morning breakfast show, returning permanently to Radio 2 in March 2017 as the host of the Saturday afternoon show. Zoe has also been the host of Strictly: It Takes Two since 2011, the hugely popular entertainment show which accompanies Strictly Come Dancing. Zoe was also a contestant on the show during 2005, reaching the final with her partner Ian Waite and finishing third.
Zoe also famously presented the Saturday morning children’s TV show Live & Kicking on BBC One alongside Jamie Theakston between 1996-1999.

Zoe Ball picks the Tracks of My Years ahead of taking over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Ken Bruce talks to a special guest about their favourite records.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.