Tracks Of My Years

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20200313

Harry Judd, the drummer in worldwide pop bands McFly and McBusted, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce and shares the stories behind them. Harry is taking part in a very special edition of The Greatest Dancer, with two teams of celebrities leaving it all on the dance floor in a bid to be crowned The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief. The star-studded line-up includes, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke, Sam Quek, Louis Smith, HVRY and Kate McGlynn. Harry won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and then again in the 2015 Christmas Special. He's notched up 7 number one singles, 19 top ten singles, 2 number one albums and a Brit Award for Best Pop Act. Harry has played countless sell-out arena tours, headlined Hyde Park, packed out the Albert Hall for three nights in a row and toured the world with One Direction. In 2017 Harry released the best-selling book 'Get Fit Get Happy', where he shared his combination of exercise and dance which makes you look and feel good. In 2019 he completed 16 weeks in the West End in London with the dance show 'Rip It Up' performing alongside Aston Merrygold, Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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

20200320

Nicole Scherzinger, the Pussycat Dolls lead singer and X Factor judge, picks her favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and The Proclaimers. Pussycat Dolls have made their sensational return to music with the new single React. Co-written by Nicole and produced by Will Simms, Johan Gustafson and Ivares, React is a fiery ode to spicing up a stagnant relationship. The multi-platinum pop sensation are; Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar. Their smash hit single Don't Cha is officially one of the UK's best-selling singles of all time. The group have sold more than 55 million records worldwide, been streamed over 3 billion times, had two wins at the MTV VMAs and achieved eight UK Top 10 singles. ln November last year Pussycat Dolls announced they are back and reuniting for a UK tour, their first live performances in over a decade. They are taking their Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour on the road next year, hitting arenas across the UK, calling at Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and London.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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

Al Murray20190215

Al Murray, the comedian and musician picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Pet Shop Boys, Dusty Springfield, Queen and Peter Gabriel. With his alter-ego, The Pub Landlord, Al Murray is one of the most recognisable and successful comics in the UK. For over 20 years Al has filled arenas around the world, won numerous awards and accolades and has successfully hosted an array of TV series which include Al Murray’s Happy Hour and the ground breaking sitcom Time Gentlemen Please. Al has also appeared on the Royal Variety Performance on multiple occasions and hosted Live At The Apollo and Live At The Palladium. As a writer Al has enjoyed great success with his books Book of British Common Sense, and Think Yourself British. These were followed with his ultimate pub quiz book Great British Pub Quiz Book. Al is also a drummer and member of the band Fat Cops who are described as a ‘party band’, who about to release their debut album. Fat Cops are a six-piece featuring Chris Deerin, Robert Hodgens aka Bobby Bluebell, Chris “Bass Chris” Ayre, Euan McColm, Al Murray and Neil Murray.

Comedian and musician Al Murray picks the Tracks of My Years.

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

Alan Parsons20190927

Alan Parsons, the legendary Grammy Award winning producer, composer and artist picks his Tracks of My Years with music from John Miles, Neil Sedaka, The Hollies and Al Stewart. Alan was second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, Abbey Road and Let It Be. After that he became a fully-fledged recording engineer and went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. However it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him the world’s attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer, notably with Pilot, John Miles and Steve Harley. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s long time hobby has been performing magic and his brand new album, The Secret, showcases his own passion for the craft. The album sees a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for.

Producer, composer and artist Alan Parsons selects his Tracks of My Years.

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

Alan Parsons20190927

Alan Parsons, the legendary Grammy Award winning producer, composer and artist picks his Tracks of My Years with music from John Miles, Neil Sedaka, The Hollies and Al Stewart. Alan was second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, Abbey Road and Let It Be. After that he became a fully-fledged recording engineer and went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. However it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him the world’s attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer, notably with Pilot, John Miles and Steve Harley. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s long time hobby has been performing magic and his brand new album, The Secret, showcases his own passion for the craft. The album sees a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for.

Producer, composer and artist Alan Parsons selects his Tracks of My Years.

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

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

Alan Parsons, the legendary Grammy Award winning producer, composer and artist picks his Tracks of My Years with music from John Miles, Neil Sedaka, The Hollies and Al Stewart. Alan was second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, Abbey Road and Let It Be. After that he became a fully-fledged recording engineer and went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. However it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him the world’s attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer, notably with Pilot, John Miles and Steve Harley. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s long time hobby has been performing magic and his brand new album, The Secret, showcases his own passion for the craft. The album sees a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for.

Producer, composer and artist Alan Parsons selects his Tracks of My Years.

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

Alan Parsons, the legendary Grammy Award winning producer, composer and artist picks his Tracks of My Years with music from John Miles, Neil Sedaka, The Hollies and Al Stewart. Alan was second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, Abbey Road and Let It Be. After that he became a fully-fledged recording engineer and went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. However it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side Of The Moon that really got him the world’s attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer, notably with Pilot, John Miles and Steve Harley. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American prog rock band Ambrosia. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. Alan’s long time hobby has been performing magic and his brand new album, The Secret, showcases his own passion for the craft. The album sees a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for.

Producer, composer and artist Alan Parsons selects his Tracks of My Years.

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

Alesha Dixon2020041020200426 (R2)

Alesha Dixon sits down with Ken Bruce and picks her favourite records.

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

Alesha Dixon2020041020200426 (R2)

Alesha Dixon, the singer, dancer, TV talent show judge and children's author is picking her Tracks of My Years with songs from Terence Trent D'Arby, Neneh Cherry, UB40 and Beyonce. Alesha first found fame as part of the MOBO award winning group Mis-Teeq. After winning the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, Alesha went on to become a judge on the show for three series. Since then she's hosted several TV shows including; Children in Need, Sport Relief and The Greatest Dancer. She's also a hugely popular judge on the hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent. Alesha has also published a hugely popular children's book series, Lightning Girl, and has recently released her new book Star Switch.

Ken's got another round of the legendary PopMaster music quiz and your dedications with today's love song. There's also the record and album of the week.
If you want to contact the show, just email - ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

Alesha Dixon sits down with Ken Bruce and picks her 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.

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.

Amy Wadge20191004

Amy Wadge, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter chooses her Tracks of My Years with songs from Christina Perri, James Taylor, Kacey Musgrave and Elton John. Amy has co-written songs for established and emerging artists alike, amongst them: Keith Urban, James Blunt, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Niall Horan, Jamie Lawson, Birdy and Dua Lipa. Recently Amy has written the music for the hit BBC One drama 'Keeping Faith' starring Eve Myles. Amy was honoured to have been asked and was sent the scripts which she then used to compose the music that would reflect the lead character's journey throughout the series. Each of the six songs are featured across the episodes and provide an emotional underscore that proved to make a powerful connection between the show's characters and viewers alike.
Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long established writing partnership with, Ed Sheeran. Amy co-wrote Thinking Out Loud, which was the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple Grammy nominated X. It went to No. 1 in the UK chart in November 2014 after spending 19 weeks in the Top 40, breaking the record for the longest ever ascent to the peak position. To date, the track has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, has been viewed 1.25 billion time on YouTube and streamed over a billion times on Spotify. In February 2016, the track won two Grammys at the 58th Recording Academy Awards Ceremony, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Wadge picks her Tracks of My Years.

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

Amy Wadge20191004

Amy Wadge, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter chooses her Tracks of My Years with songs from Christina Perri, James Taylor, Kacey Musgrave and Elton John. Amy has co-written songs for established and emerging artists alike, amongst them: Keith Urban, James Blunt, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Niall Horan, Jamie Lawson, Birdy and Dua Lipa. Recently Amy has written the music for the hit BBC One drama 'Keeping Faith' starring Eve Myles. Amy was honoured to have been asked and was sent the scripts which she then used to compose the music that would reflect the lead character's journey throughout the series. Each of the six songs are featured across the episodes and provide an emotional underscore that proved to make a powerful connection between the show's characters and viewers alike.
Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long established writing partnership with, Ed Sheeran. Amy co-wrote Thinking Out Loud, which was the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple Grammy nominated X. It went to No. 1 in the UK chart in November 2014 after spending 19 weeks in the Top 40, breaking the record for the longest ever ascent to the peak position. To date, the track has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, has been viewed 1.25 billion time on YouTube and streamed over a billion times on Spotify. In February 2016, the track won two Grammys at the 58th Recording Academy Awards Ceremony, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Wadge picks her Tracks of My Years.

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

Amy Wadge, the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter chooses her Tracks of My Years with songs from Christina Perri, James Taylor, Kacey Musgrave and Elton John. Amy has co-written songs for established and emerging artists alike, amongst them: Keith Urban, James Blunt, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Niall Horan, Jamie Lawson, Birdy and Dua Lipa. Recently Amy has written the music for the hit BBC One drama 'Keeping Faith' starring Eve Myles. Amy was honoured to have been asked and was sent the scripts which she then used to compose the music that would reflect the lead character's journey throughout the series. Each of the six songs are featured across the episodes and provide an emotional underscore that proved to make a powerful connection between the show's characters and viewers alike.
Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long established writing partnership with, Ed Sheeran. Amy co-wrote Thinking Out Loud, which was the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple Grammy nominated X. It went to No. 1 in the UK chart in November 2014 after spending 19 weeks in the Top 40, breaking the record for the longest ever ascent to the peak position. To date, the track has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, has been viewed 1.25 billion time on YouTube and streamed over a billion times on Spotify. In February 2016, the track won two Grammys at the 58th Recording Academy Awards Ceremony, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Wadge picks her Tracks of My Years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arabella Weir20200207

Arabella Weir, the comedian, writer and actor picks the Tracks of My Years with Gary Davies and plays songs from Stevie Wonder, Chic, The Proclaimers, Madness and Al Green. The star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down is touring the UK with her first solo comedy show called, Does My Mum Loom Big In This? In the show Arabella recounts stories from her dysfunctional childhood and life as a single working mother which explores all the pain, pitfalls, embarrassment and unintentional hilarity of motherhood. Arabella starred in The Fast Show, for which she wrote all of her characters, as well her BBC Two series Posh Nosh, which she wrote with Does My Mum Loom Big In This? co-writer Jon Canter, where she starred alongside Richard E. Grant. She has also appeared in Doctor Who and One Foot In The Grave and has recently been starring as Beth in comedy series Two Doors Down. Arabella wrote the international bestseller Does My Bum Look Big in This? (its title taken from her hit The Fast Show catchphrase) and since then has published various other works including the memoir The Real Me Is Thin.

Arabella Weir sits down to talk to Gary Davies about her favourite songs.

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

Arabella Weir, the comedian, writer and actor picks the Tracks of My Years with Gary Davies and plays songs from Stevie Wonder, Chic, The Proclaimers, Madness and Al Green. The star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down is touring the UK with her first solo comedy show called, Does My Mum Look Big In This? In the show Arabella recounts stories from her dysfunctional childhood and life as a single working mother which explores all the pain, pitfalls, embarrassment and unintentional hilarity of motherhood. Arabella starred in The Fast Show, for which she wrote all of her characters, as well her BBC Two series Posh Nosh, which she wrote with Does My Mum Look Big In This? co-writer Jon Canter, where she starred alongside Richard E. Grant. She has also appeared in Doctor Who and One Foot In The Grave and has recently been starring as Beth in comedy series Two Doors Down. Arabella wrote the international bestseller Does My Bum Look Big in This? (its title taken from her hit The Fast Show catchphrase) and since then has published various other works including the memoir The Real Me Is Thin.

Arabella Weir sits down to talk to Gary Davies about her favourite songs.

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

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.

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.

Bruce Welch OBE20191122

Ken Bruce talks to Bruce Welch OBE, founding member of Britain’s most successful instrumental group The Shadows, about his favourite records.

Bruce was born in Bognor Regis in Sussex but spent most of his early years in County Durham. Aged just 14 he formed his first skiffle group with a school friend – Hank Marvin. Hank and Bruce performed under the name the Geordie Boys and as members of the Five Chesternuts. It was after a performance at Soho’s famous 2i’s coffee bar that they were asked to join Cliff Richard’s backing band – the Drifters who later renamed themselves the Shadows. As a composer Bruce is responsible for a whole string of hits including – Foot Tapper, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, In the Country and Summer Holiday. Along with the Shadows he appeared in Cliff’s films – The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, Finders Keepers and represented the UK at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with Let Me Be The One coming in second behind the Netherlands with Ding A Dong. Classic hits by the Shadows are featured on a new compilation “Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Ken Bruce talks to Bruce Welch OBE about his favourite records.

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

Bruce Welch Obe20191122

Ken Bruce talks to Bruce Welch OBE, founding member of Britain’s most successful instrumental group The Shadows, about his favourite records.

Bruce was born in Bognor Regis in Sussex but spent most of his early years in County Durham. Aged just 14 he formed his first skiffle group with a school friend – Hank Marvin. Hank and Bruce performed under the name the Geordie Boys and as members of the Five Chesternuts. It was after a performance at Soho’s famous 2i’s coffee bar that they were asked to join Cliff Richard’s backing band – the Drifters who later renamed themselves the Shadows. As a composer Bruce is responsible for a whole string of hits including – Foot Tapper, The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, In the Country and Summer Holiday. Along with the Shadows he appeared in Cliff’s films – The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wonderful Life, Finders Keepers and represented the UK at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest with Let Me Be The One coming in second behind the Netherlands with Ding A Dong. Classic hits by the Shadows are featured on a new compilation “Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Ken Bruce talks to Bruce Welch OBE about his favourite records.

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

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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.

Carly Rae Jepsen20190607

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

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

David Essex20200131

David Essex OBE, the internationally renowned singer, composer and actor picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from The Beatles, Snow Patrol Nirvana, Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper. David is set to head out on an 18 date UK tour taking place in October 2020 which will see him perform much loved hits spanning over his entire career. David first shot to fame when he went to an audition for the London production of the musical Godspell and was chosen for the role of Jesus. He received major awards and some ecstatic reviews which saw him lead a cast at the Roundhouse and then at the West End for two years.
Since then David has enjoyed a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success. He has written, recorded and produced albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. He’s also had twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone. These include the Grammy nominated Rock On which not only topped the charts in Britain and the USA but sold over one million copies. Subsequent singles followed such as Lamplight, Hold Me Close and Gonna Make You A Star which made David a household name.
Acting credits also include That'll Be The Day, its sequel Stardust, Traveller, The Guvnors, Black Prince and more recently EastEnders on BBC One as the head of the Moon family. Theatre credits include outstanding performances in Evita, Boogie Nights 2, ELF!, Footloose, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects Of Love, plus his own musicals Mutiny! and All The Fun Of The Fair.

David Essex sits down with Ken Bruce to choose his favourite songs from his life.

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

David Essex OBE, the internationally renowned singer, composer and actor picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from The Beatles, Snow Patrol Nirvana, Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper. David is set to head out on an 18 date UK tour taking place in October 2020 which will see him perform much loved hits spanning over his entire career. David first shot to fame when he went to an audition for the London production of the musical Godspell and was chosen for the role of Jesus. He received major awards and some ecstatic reviews which saw him lead a cast at the Roundhouse and then at the West End for two years.
Since then David has enjoyed a remarkable career that has combined concerts, records, theatre, composing, films and television with striking success. He has written, recorded and produced albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. He’s also had twenty-three Top 30 singles in Britain alone. These include the Grammy nominated Rock On which not only topped the charts in Britain and the USA but sold over one million copies. Subsequent singles followed such as Lamplight, Hold Me Close and Gonna Make You A Star which made David a household name.
Acting credits also include That'll Be The Day, its sequel Stardust, Traveller, The Guvnors, Black Prince and more recently EastEnders on BBC One as the head of the Moon family. Theatre credits include outstanding performances in Evita, Boogie Nights 2, ELF!, Footloose, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects Of Love, plus his own musicals Mutiny! and All The Fun Of The Fair.

David Essex sits down with Ken Bruce to choose his favourite songs from his life.

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

Eddie And Brian Holland20200124

Eddie and Brian Holland, the legendary songwriters, sit down with Ken Bruce and pick the Tracks of My Years with songs from Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, The Beatles and Martha Reeves. Working alongside Lamont Dozier they were known as the iconic songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. In their new book called Come And Get These Memories they tell the stories behind their phenomenal success. Raised in Detroit by their grandmother and single mother, the brothers tell their stories of growing up before shining a light on their early music careers. Eddie was a gifted lyricist and solo singer managed by Berry Gordy before he partnered with Brian and Lamont Dozier, themselves both talented arrangers and producers. Once they had become one of the creative driving forces behind Motown, a Holland–Dozier–Holland writing credit was a near certain guarantee of chart success. As a songwriting and production team, they were responsible for many of the greatest songs of the 20th century. Between them, they helped transform Motown from a local soul label into a worldwide hit factory that became home to such superstars as Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers and many more.

Eddie and Brian Holland sit down with Ken Bruce to select their Tracks of My Years.

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

Eddie and Brian Holland20200124

Eddie and Brian Holland, the legendary songwriters, sit down with Ken Bruce and pick the Tracks of My Years with songs from Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, The Beatles and Martha Reeves. Working alongside Lamont Dozier they were known as the iconic songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland. In their new book called Come And Get These Memories they tell the stories behind their phenomenal success. Raised in Detroit by their grandmother and single mother, the brothers tell their stories of growing up before shining a light on their early music careers. Eddie was a gifted lyricist and solo singer managed by Berry Gordy before he partnered with Brian and Lamont Dozier, themselves both talented arrangers and producers. Once they had become one of the creative driving forces behind Motown, a Holland–Dozier–Holland writing credit was a near certain guarantee of chart success. As a songwriting and production team, they were responsible for many of the greatest songs of the 20th century. Between them, they helped transform Motown from a local soul label into a worldwide hit factory that became home to such superstars as Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers and many more.

Eddie and Brian Holland sit down with Ken Bruce to select their Tracks of My Years.

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

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.

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.

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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.

Ellie Goulding talks to Jo Whiley20190222

Ellie Goulding, the global popstar picks the Tracks of My Years. Ellie has sold over 14 million albums, 100 million singles and taken home two Brit Awards. She’s also amassed over 13 billion streams of her music online. Ellie is soon set to release her fourth studio album following an incredible few years which have seen her become one of the biggest-selling female artists in the UK and around the world. Songs such as ‘Burn’, ‘How Long With I Love You’, ‘Anything Could Happen’ and ‘Love Me Like You Do’ have all been huge hits for Ellie over the last few years and with her new album arriving in 2019 it’s set to be another big year.

Ellie Goulding picks the Tracks of My Years with Jo Whiley.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Harry Judd20200313

Harry Judd, the drummer in worldwide pop bands McFly and McBusted, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce and shares the stories behind them. Harry is taking part in a very special edition of The Greatest Dancer, with two teams of celebrities leaving it all on the dance floor in a bid to be crowned The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief. The star-studded line-up includes, Kimberley Walsh, Alexandra Burke, Sam Quek, Louis Smith, HVRY and Kate McGlynn. Harry won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and then again in the 2015 Christmas Special. He's notched up 7 number one singles, 19 top ten singles, 2 number one albums and a Brit Award for Best Pop Act. Harry has played countless sell-out arena tours, headlined Hyde Park, packed out the Albert Hall for three nights in a row and toured the world with One Direction. In 2017 Harry released the best-selling book 'Get Fit Get Happy', where he shared his combination of exercise and dance which makes you look and feel good. In 2019 he completed 16 weeks in the West End in London with the dance show 'Rip It Up' performing alongside Aston Merrygold, Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness.

Harry Judd, the drummer in McFly, chooses his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Ken Bruce talks to star guests 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.

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.

Huey Lewis20200327

Huey Lewis, lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Thin Lizzy, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Huey aka Hugh Anthony Cregg III was born in New York but raised in Marin County, California. Huey Lewis and the News were formed in 1979 and became one of the biggest rock bands of the 80s. They had three hit albums in the UK – Sports, Fore! and Small World and, of course, the hit song The Power of Love was featured in the classic film “Back to The Future ? where Huey also had a cameo role.

During the 1980s they had a string of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including – 'Do You Believe In Love,' 'The Heart Of Rock & Roll,' 'I Want A New Drug,' and 'If This Is It'. Huey Lewis and the News have sold over 30 million albums, topped numerous charts, earned Grammy wins and Oscar nominations.
This year sees the issue their first album of new material since 2001 – Weather. During the recording of the album Huey was diagnosed with Ménière's disease - an illness that led to his hearing loss. He remains philosophical – “You’ve got to look of the bright side and stay creative. Even if I never sing again, things could always be worse. After all, I’m deaf, not dead."

Huey Lewis, lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, picks his favourite songs.

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

Huey Lewis, lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Thin Lizzy, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston. Huey aka Hugh Anthony Cregg III was born in New York but raised in Marin County, California. Huey Lewis and the News were formed in 1979 and became one of the biggest rock bands of the 80s. They had three hit albums in the UK – Sports, Fore! and Small World and, of course, the hit song The Power of Love was featured in the classic film “Back to The Future” where Huey also had a cameo role.

During the 1980s they had a string of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic including – 'Do You Believe In Love,' 'The Heart Of Rock & Roll,' 'I Want A New Drug,' and 'If This Is It'. Huey Lewis and the News have sold over 30 million albums, topped numerous charts, earned Grammy wins and Oscar nominations.
This year sees the issue their first album of new material since 2001 – Weather. During the recording of the album Huey was diagnosed with Ménière's disease - an illness that led to his hearing loss. He remains philosophical – “You’ve got to look of the bright side and stay creative. Even if I never sing again, things could always be worse. After all, I’m deaf, not dead."

James Morrison20191115

James Morrison, the Brit Award winning singer songwriter, picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Ray Charles and The Eagles. His latest album, Stronger Than You Know, harks back to the Stax and Motown eras that James loves and is the album that he's always wanted to make. When James was working on the follow up to his 2015 album, Higher Than Here, his relationship with partner Gill hit tough times and he lost his natural song writing instinct. However, writing songs with no particular end goal in mind, he overcame his struggles and realised that he had some of the best material of his career. For the first time in his career James made the record with one producer, Mark Taylor, and made the album at British Grove Studios in London. James has achieved two number one albums, five top ten singles and sold over five million records over his career.

James Morrison, the Brit Award winning singer-songwriter picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Jane McDonald20191227

Jane McDonald, award winning singer and actress, selects her favourite records with Gary Davies. Jane McDonald shot to fame when she appeared in "The Cruise" - a 1998 reality TV show that followed the crew of the Galaxy - a luxury cruise liner making its maiden voyage around the Caribbean. Jane was the singer in the entertainment team. The series was a huge hit with a regular weekly audience of 10 million people. Her first album "Jane McDonald" is mentioned in the Guinness book of records naming Jane as the first artist to enter the charts at number one without a prior release. She regularly tours and her concerts fill venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium and the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. 20 years since she first hit our TV screens Jane is now one the of country's most popular TV hosts appearing regularly on "Loose Women" and hosting her own shows "Cruising with Jane McDonald" which won the BAFTA for Best Feature in 2018 and Jane McDonald and Friends. The second part of her autobiography "Riding the Waves" was published in October.

Jane McDonald chooses her favourite records with Gary Davies.

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

Jane McDonald20191227

Jane McDonald, award winning singer and actress, selects her favourite records with Gary Davies. Jane McDonald shot to fame when she appeared in "The Cruise" - a 1998 reality TV show that followed the crew of the Galaxy - a luxury cruise liner making its maiden voyage around the Caribbean. Jane was the singer in the entertainment team. The series was a huge hit with a regular weekly audience of 10 million people. Her first album "Jane McDonald" is mentioned in the Guinness book of records naming Jane as the first artist to enter the charts at number one without a prior release. She regularly tours and her concerts fill venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium and the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. 20 years since she first hit our TV screens Jane is now one the of country's most popular TV hosts appearing regularly on "Loose Women" and hosting her own shows "Cruising with Jane McDonald" which won the BAFTA for Best Feature in 2018 and Jane McDonald and Friends. The second part of her autobiography "Riding the Waves" was published in October.

Jane McDonald chooses her favourite records with Gary Davies.

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

Jane Mcdonald20191227

Jane McDonald, award winning singer and actress, selects her favourite records with Gary Davies. Jane McDonald shot to fame when she appeared in "The Cruise" - a 1998 reality TV show that followed the crew of the Galaxy - a luxury cruise liner making its maiden voyage around the Caribbean. Jane was the singer in the entertainment team. The series was a huge hit with a regular weekly audience of 10 million people. Her first album "Jane McDonald" is mentioned in the Guinness book of records naming Jane as the first artist to enter the charts at number one without a prior release. She regularly tours and her concerts fill venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the London Palladium and the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. 20 years since she first hit our TV screens Jane is now one the of country's most popular TV hosts appearing regularly on "Loose Women" and hosting her own shows "Cruising with Jane McDonald" which won the BAFTA for Best Feature in 2018 and Jane McDonald and Friends. The second part of her autobiography "Riding the Waves" was published in October.

Jane McDonald chooses her favourite records with Gary Davies.

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.

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.

Jason Donovan20191101

Jason Donovan, Australian superstar, talks to Gary Davies about his favourite records. He initially found fame in the TV soap Neighbours, playing Scott Robinson, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records. His debut album "Ten Good Reasons" was the highest-selling album in the UK in 1989, with sales of over 1.5 million. He has had four UK No. 1 singles, one of which was "Especially for You", his 1988 duet with fellow Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. He has also appeared in several stage musicals, most prominently in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the early 1990s.

To mark the 30th anniversary of his hugely successful debut album, Jason will be embarking on a mammoth 52 date "Even More Good Reasons" tour next year which will take in major towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. After his surprise appearance with his pal Kylie at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park last year, duetting once more on their million-selling collaboration "Especially For You", the reception was off the scale. This latest tour will be the first time in four years he's performed his own material to a live audience.

Jason Donovan talks to Gary Davies about his favourite records.

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

Jason Donovan20191101

Jason Donovan, Australian superstar, talks to Gary Davies about his favourite records. He initially found fame in the TV soap Neighbours, playing Scott Robinson, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records. His debut album "Ten Good Reasons" was the highest-selling album in the UK in 1989, with sales of over 1.5 million. He has had four UK No. 1 singles, one of which was "Especially for You", his 1988 duet with fellow Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. He has also appeared in several stage musicals, most prominently in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the early 1990s.

To mark the 30th anniversary of his hugely successful debut album, Jason will be embarking on a mammoth 52 date "Even More Good Reasons" tour next year which will take in major towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. After his surprise appearance with his pal Kylie at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park last year, duetting once more on their million-selling collaboration "Especially For You", the reception was off the scale. This latest tour will be the first time in four years he's performed his own material to a live audience.

Jason Donovan talks to Gary Davies about his favourite records.

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.

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.

Jim Broadbent20191108

Jim Broadbent, the multi award winning actor, chooses his Tracks of My Years with songs Amy Winehouse, The Marcels, The Beatles, Paolo Nutini and Dolly Parton . Jim won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in the movie Iris where he starred alongside Dame Judi Dench. Jim is now part of a brand new album in aid of BBC Children In Need called Got It Covered. It features a glittering line-up of some of the UK’s most critically-acclaimed actors from stage and screen who have banded together to help make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. Jim has covered Blue Moon by Rogers and Hart and other tracks include Helena Bonham Carter performing Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now and David Tennant covering Sunshine on Leith by The Proclaimers. Each track was recorded at the legendary recording studios, Abbey Road and Rak Studios in London, whilst the actors received expert guidance and mentoring from Brit and Mercury award-winning record producers and songwriters, Guy Chambers and Jonathan Quarmby. With over 20 years of industry experience, veteran vocal coach Mark De-Lisser also came on board to help the actors produce their tracks. Jim’s list of film credits is hugely varied and includes; Moulin Rouge, Gangs of New York, Bridget Jones, Vera Drake, Paddington, Hot Fuzz and the Harry Potter.

Jim Broadbent, the Academy Award winning actor, picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Jim Broadbent20191108

Jim Broadbent, the multi award winning actor, chooses his Tracks of My Years with songs Amy Winehouse, The Marcels, The Beatles, Paolo Nutini and Dolly Parton. Jim won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in the movie Iris where he starred alongside Dame Judi Dench. Jim is now part of a brand new album in aid of BBC Children In Need called Got It Covered. It features a glittering line-up of some of the UK’s most critically-acclaimed actors from stage and screen who have banded together to help make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK. Jim has covered Blue Moon by Rogers and Hart and other tracks include Helena Bonham Carter performing Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now and David Tennant covering Sunshine on Leith by The Proclaimers. Each track was recorded at the legendary recording studios, Abbey Road and Rak Studios in London, whilst the actors received expert guidance and mentoring from Brit and Mercury award-winning record producers and songwriters, Guy Chambers and Jonathan Quarmby. With over 20 years of industry experience, veteran vocal coach Mark De-Lisser also came on board to help the actors produce their tracks. Jim’s list of film credits is hugely varied and includes; Moulin Rouge, Gangs of New York, Bridget Jones, Vera Drake, Paddington, Hot Fuzz and the Harry Potter.

Jim Broadbent, the Academy Award winning actor, picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Jim Lea20200306

Jim Lea, legendary British singer-songwriter, chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from The Four Tops, Kate Bush, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac. Jim is most notable for playing bass guitar, keyboards, piano, violin, and guitar, and singing backing vocals in Slade from their inception until 1992, and for co-writing most of their songs. He was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. Influenced by French jazz-violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Lea's first musical love was the violin which he began playing aged 10. His parents Frank Lea and Edna Whild owned The Grange pub in Bilbrook where he grew up. He attended Codsall Comprehensive School – now Codsall Community High School. He joined the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra in 1961 and gained first class honours in a London music-school practical exam, before moving on to piano, guitar and finally bass guitar. He first played guitar, and then bass, in the schoolboy group 'Nick and The Axemen'. In a Q&A session for his official website in March 2017, Jim disclosed his three favourite Slade songs were "How Does It Feel", "Far Far Away", and "Coz I Luv You". He also identified "When the Lights Are Out" from Old New Borrowed and Blue as an album track he would have liked to have seen released as a Slade single. At the end of last year he released a newly remixed single called 'Am I The Greatest Now' and continues to be one of the most played artists on radio across the world.

Jim Lea sits down with Ken Bruce and selects his favourite songs.

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

Jim Lea, legendary British singer-songwriter, chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from The Four Tops, Kate Bush, Jimi Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac. Jim is most notable for playing bass guitar, keyboards, piano, violin, and guitar, and singing backing vocals in Slade from their inception until 1992, and for co-writing most of their songs. He was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. Influenced by French jazz-violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Lea's first musical love was the violin which he began playing aged 10. His parents Frank Lea and Edna Whild owned The Grange pub in Bilbrook where he grew up. He attended Codsall Comprehensive School – now Codsall Community High School. He joined the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra in 1961 and gained first class honours in a London music-school practical exam, before moving on to piano, guitar and finally bass guitar. He first played guitar, and then bass, in the schoolboy group 'Nick and The Axemen'. In a Q&A session for his official website in March 2017, Jim disclosed his three favourite Slade songs were "How Does It Feel", "Far Far Away", and "Coz I Luv You". He also identified "When the Lights Are Out" from Old New Borrowed and Blue as an album track he would have liked to have seen released as a Slade single. At the end of last year he released a newly remixed single called 'Am I The Greatest Now' and continues to be one of the most played artists on radio across the world.

Joe Brown20200117

Joe Brown MBE chooses his favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Sam Brown and Chas & Dave. He's one of our great guitar pioneers, champion of the ukulele and king the British rock ‘n’ roll scene of the sixties. With his trademark cheeky smile and spikey haircut he’s filled the Royal Albert Hall, played Glastonbury and has just celebrated an amazing sixty years in the music business with a 3 month nationwide tour. Joe was born in Lincolnshire but when he was two his parents moved to Plaistow to run an East End pub – The Sultan. Joe’s first job was with British Rail as a steam locomotive fireman in the Plaistow works in the 1950s. But music was his first love and in his spare time he formed a skiffle band called The Spacemen. Then he heard a new singer – Little Richard - and Joe’s love of rock and roll was born. As a session guitarist - his early career highlights include playing with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Johnny Cash. Then Joe was signed up by the legendary impresario Larry Parnes and as "Joe Brown and the Bruvvers" he had a string of hits including “A Picture of You ? , “It Only Took A Minute ? and “That’s What Love Will Do ? On one of their early tours the Beatles were the support act – and George Harrison became a good friend.

Joe’s career included regular TV and radio appearances, films and he even appeared on the West End stage in the David Heneker musical “Charlie Girl ?

Ken Bruce chats to Joe Brown about the favourite songs from his life.

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

Joe Brown MBE chooses his favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Sam Brown and Chas & Dave. He's one of our great guitar pioneers, champion of the ukulele and king the British rock ‘n’ roll scene of the sixties. With his trademark cheeky smile and spikey haircut he’s filled the Royal Albert Hall, played Glastonbury and has just celebrated an amazing sixty years in the music business with a 3 month nationwide tour. Joe was born in Lincolnshire but when he was two his parents moved to Plaistow to run an East End pub – The Sultan. Joe’s first job was with British Rail as a steam locomotive fireman in the Plaistow works in the 1950s. But music was his first love and in his spare time he formed a skiffle band called The Spacemen. Then he heard a new singer – Little Richard - and Joe’s love of rock and roll was born. As a session guitarist - his early career highlights include playing with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Johnny Cash. Then Joe was signed up by the legendary impresario Larry Parnes and as "Joe Brown and the Bruvvers" he had a string of hits including “A Picture of You” , “It Only Took A Minute” and “That’s What Love Will Do”. On one of their early tours the Beatles were the support act – and George Harrison became a good friend.

Joe’s career included regular TV and radio appearances, films and he even appeared on the West End stage in the David Heneker musical “Charlie Girl”.

Ken Bruce chats to Joe Brown about the favourite songs from his life.

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

Justin Hawkins20191220

Justin Hawkins from the Darkness chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce. The Darkness were formed in Lowestoft, Suffolk by brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins in 2000. The bands early years were spent performing rock covers in local pubs and clubs - they soon had a name as a flamboyant stage act. Their first album " "Permission To Land" sold over 1.3 million copies and they came to prominence over the Christmas of 2003 with their battle for a Christmas number one with "Christmas Time( Don't Let the Bells End)" - they achieved a number two spot - losing out to "Mad World" by Michael Andres and Gary Jules. In 2004 the band won 3 BRIT awards - Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album. In 2019 they released their sixth album "Easter Is Cancelled" and are currently touring the UK. Justin's tracks include music by Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and AC/DC.

Justin Hawkins chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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

Justin Hawkins20191220

Justin Hawkins from the Darkness chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce. The Darkness were formed in Lowestoft, Suffolk by brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins in 2000. The bands early years were spent performing rock covers in local pubs and clubs - they soon had a name as a flamboyant stage act. Their first album " "Permission To Land" sold over 1.3 million copies and they came to prominence over the Christmas of 2003 with their battle for a Christmas number one with "Christmas Time( Don't Let the Bells End)" - they achieved a number two spot - losing out to "Mad World" by Michael Andres and Gary Jules. In 2004 the band won 3 BRIT awards - Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album. In 2019 they released their sixth album "Easter Is Cancelled" and are currently touring the UK. Justin's tracks include music by Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and AC/DC.

Justin Hawkins chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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

Justin Hawkins20191220

Justin Hawkins from the Darkness chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce. The Darkness were formed in Lowestoft, Suffolk by brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins in 2000. The bands early years were spent performing rock covers in local pubs and clubs - they soon had a name as a flamboyant stage act. Their first album " "Permission To Land" sold over 1.3 million copies and they came to prominence over the Christmas of 2003 with their battle for a Christmas number one with "Christmas Time( Don't Let the Bells End)" - they achieved a number two spot - losing out to "Mad World" by Michael Andres and Gary Jules. In 2004 the band won 3 BRIT awards - Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best British Album. In 2019 they released their sixth album "Easter Is Cancelled" and are currently touring the UK. Justin's tracks include music by Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and AC/DC.

Justin Hawkins chooses his favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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

Kelsea Ballerini20191011

Kelsea Ballerini, the multi-platinum selling country singer-songwriter chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Wonder. Kelsea grew up in Tennessee; the birthplace of country music and since releasing her gold-certified 2015 debut album 'The First Time', Kelsea's career has continued to break records. In 2019 she became the only female country artist to achieve three consecutive number one songs from a debut album and gained a total of five number ones in the US charts. Kelsea has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best New Artist and Best Country Album. She’s toured alongside Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban in America before embarking on her own headline arena tour. With multiple platinum singles, Kelsea’s total streams for her songs exceed two billion to date and she’s just returned with her latest single 'Homecoming Queen?’. Kelsea has also performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2019.

Kelsea Ballerini picks her favourite songs in the Tracks of My Years.

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

Kelsea Ballerini20191011

Kelsea Ballerini, the multi-platinum selling country singer-songwriter chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Wonder. Kelsea grew up in Tennessee; the birthplace of country music and since releasing her gold-certified 2015 debut album 'The First Time', Kelsea's career has continued to break records. In 2019 she became the only female country artist to achieve three consecutive number one songs from a debut album and gained a total of five number ones in the US charts. Kelsea has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best New Artist and Best Country Album. She’s toured alongside Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban in America before embarking on her own headline arena tour. With multiple platinum singles, Kelsea’s total streams for her songs exceed two billion to date and she’s just returned with her latest single 'Homecoming Queen?’. Kelsea has also performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2019.

Kelsea Ballerini picks her favourite songs in the Tracks of My Years.

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

Kelsea Ballerini, the multi-platinum selling country singer-songwriter chooses the Tracks of My Years with music from Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Stevie Wonder. Kelsea grew up in Tennessee; the birthplace of country music and since releasing her gold-certified 2015 debut album 'The First Time', Kelsea's career has continued to break records. In 2019 she became the only female country artist to achieve three consecutive number one songs from a debut album and gained a total of five number ones in the US charts. Kelsea has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best New Artist and Best Country Album. She’s toured alongside Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban in America before embarking on her own headline arena tour. With multiple platinum singles, Kelsea’s total streams for her songs exceed two billion to date and she’s just returned with her latest single 'Homecoming Queen?’. Kelsea has also performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2019.

Kelsea Ballerini picks her favourite songs in 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.

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.

Kimberley Walsh20191025

Kimberley Walsh, award-winning singer, model, television presenter and actress chooses her Tracks of My Years with music from Prince, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Madonna and Whitney Houston. Kimberley rose to fame in the early 2000's after she auditioned for the reality series 'Popstars: The Rivals' and won a place in the girl group 'Girls Aloud'. The group went on to achieve huge success, having twenty consecutive top ten singles including four number ones and six platinum selling studio albums. Whilst still producing music with ‘Girls Aloud’ Kimberley also started acting and presenting appearing in various films and television shows. In 2012 Kimberley was a runner up in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing; she also made her West End theatre debut, playing Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Kimberley is now starring with ex-Wanted band member Jay McGuiness in the West End stage production of ‘Big the Musical’, based on the smash-hit film starring Tom Hanks.

Kimberley Walsh picks her Tracks of My years.

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

Kimberley Walsh20191025

Kimberley Walsh, award-winning singer, model, television presenter and actress chooses her Tracks of My Years with music from Prince, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Madonna and Whitney Houston. Kimberley rose to fame in the early 2000's after she auditioned for the reality series 'Popstars: The Rivals' and won a place in the girl group 'Girls Aloud'. The group went on to achieve huge success, having twenty consecutive top ten singles including four number ones and six platinum selling studio albums. Whilst still producing music with ‘Girls Aloud’ Kimberley also started acting and presenting appearing in various films and television shows. In 2012 Kimberley was a runner up in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing; she also made her West End theatre debut, playing Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Kimberley is now starring with ex-Wanted band member Jay McGuiness in the West End stage production of ‘Big the Musical’, based on the smash-hit film starring Tom Hanks.

Kimberley Walsh picks her Tracks of My years.

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.

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.

Lorraine Kelly20200110

Lorraine Kelly, OBE picks her favourite songs in the Tracks of My Years with music from Dusty Springfield, David Bowie Craig David, Grace Jones and Wham. Lorraine has become one of the nation's best loved television presenters, as well as being a hugely successful journalist and author. She's recently released her latest book, Shine, which is designed to show you how to live every day to the fullest. It's full of her own anecdotes and life experiences as well as helpful hints and tips to get the best out of life. Lorraine has been on TV screens for thirty-five years and is best known as a presenter for TV-am, GMTV and, of course, her own show, Lorraine. In addition to her television work, Lorraine continues to write weekly columns for The Sun and writes travel pieces for magazines and newspapers. She is a keen marathon runner and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for breast cancer charities and hospices. She is a patron of Help for Heroes and was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces in 2012. Lorraine is an avid Dundee United supporter.

Lorraine Kelly, the TV presenter, author and journalist sits down with Ken Bruce.

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

Lorraine Kelly, OBE picks her favourite songs in the Tracks of My Years with music from Dusty Springfield, David Bowie Craig David, Grace Jones and Wham. Lorraine has become one of the nation's best loved television presenters, as well as being a hugely successful journalist and author. She's recently released her latest book, Shine, which is designed to show you how to live every day to the fullest. It's full of her own anecdotes and life experiences as well as helpful hints and tips to get the best out of life. Lorraine has been on TV screens for thirty-five years and is best known as a presenter for TV-am, GMTV and, of course, her own show, Lorraine. In addition to her television work, Lorraine continues to write weekly columns for The Sun and writes travel pieces for magazines and newspapers. She is a keen marathon runner and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for breast cancer charities and hospices. She is a patron of Help for Heroes and was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the armed forces in 2012. Lorraine is an avid Dundee United supporter.

Lorraine Kelly, the TV presenter, author and journalist sits down with Ken Bruce.

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

Louis Tomlinson20191129

Louis Tomlinson, the singer songwriter who shot to fame as a member of One Direction picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from Oasis, U2, The Fray, The Verve and Tracy Chapman. Louis has recently released his new single, We Made It, and announced a World Tour for 2020. Louis has said the track is inspired by stolen nights out in Manchester in the early days of One Direction. Louis said; “Any time off I had, I’d go to Manchester for nights out with my mates. It made me realise I didn’t live in the real world anymore and I missed it. I loved being normal, reckless and stupid. It was the best escape." His world tour in 2020 will visit London, Glasgow, Doncaster and Manchester, alongside Europe, UAE, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, the USA and Canada. Louis recently headlined the Coca-Cola music festival in Madrid to an audience of 25,000 people. Earlier this year, Louis picked up the Best Song Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards for his recent single 'Two Of Us', which has so far hit 40 million streams on Spotify, with YouTube views at 23 million. In 2018 Louis won an iHeart Award for 'Best Solo Breakout', and an EMA Award for 'Best UK & Ireland Act' in 2017. As a member of One Direction, Louis has sold over 100 million records. Overall Louis’s solo music has garnered over a billion streams.

Louis Tomlinson picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Louis Tomlinson20191129

Louis Tomlinson, the singer songwriter who shot to fame as a member of One Direction picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from Oasis, U2, The Fray, The Verve and Tracy Chapman. Louis has recently released his new single, We Made It, and announced a World Tour for 2020. Louis has said the track is inspired by stolen nights out in Manchester in the early days of One Direction. Louis said; “Any time off I had, I’d go to Manchester for nights out with my mates. It made me realise I didn’t live in the real world anymore and I missed it. I loved being normal, reckless and stupid. It was the best escape." His world tour in 2020 will visit London, Glasgow, Doncaster and Manchester, alongside Europe, UAE, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, the USA and Canada. Louis recently headlined the Coca-Cola music festival in Madrid to an audience of 25,000 people. Earlier this year, Louis picked up the Best Song Award at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards for his recent single 'Two Of Us', which has so far hit 40 million streams on Spotify, with YouTube views at 23 million. In 2018 Louis won an iHeart Award for 'Best Solo Breakout', and an EMA Award for 'Best UK & Ireland Act' in 2017. As a member of One Direction, Louis has sold over 100 million records. Overall Louis’s solo music has garnered over a billion streams.

Louis Tomlinson picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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.

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.

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.

Luke Evans20200228

Luke Evans, the singer and actor, picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from ABBA, George Michael, Oleta Adams and John Legend. Luke's recently released his debut album, At Last, which brings together an eclectic collection of modern and classic songs which have been chosen by Luke. The songs include U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, Maria McKee’s 90’s power ballad ‘Show Me Heaven’ and Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, along with the Etta James’ Jazz standard ‘At Last’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack. The album was recorded in early 2019 at the world famous Sarm Studios in London where Luke worked with producer Steve Anderson and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Growing up with the music of the Welsh valleys running through his veins, he left school at 16 and immediately headed to Cardiff to study under the supervision of established singing coach Louise Ryan.
After winning a scholarship to the London Studio Centre theatre school and graduating in 2000, Luke began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. He continued to take the film world by storm appearing in huge Hollywood blockbusters such as The Fast and The Furious, The Girl On The Train, The Hobbit and 3 Musketeers. Luke also starred in the live action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast alongside Emma Watson where he had the chance to show off his singing talents as 'Gaston'.

Luke Evans sits down with Ken Bruce to talk about his favourite songs.

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

Luke Evans, the singer and actor, picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from ABBA, George Michael, Oleta Adams and John Legend. Luke's recently released his debut album, At Last, which brings together an eclectic collection of modern and classic songs which have been chosen by Luke. The songs include U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, Maria McKee’s 90’s power ballad ‘Show Me Heaven’ and Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, along with the Etta James’ Jazz standard ‘At Last’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack. The album was recorded in early 2019 at the world famous Sarm Studios in London where Luke worked with producer Steve Anderson and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Growing up with the music of the Welsh valleys running through his veins, he left school at 16 and immediately headed to Cardiff to study under the supervision of established singing coach Louise Ryan.
After winning a scholarship to the London Studio Centre theatre school and graduating in 2000, Luke began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before making his film breakthrough in the Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. He continued to take the film world by storm appearing in huge Hollywood blockbusters such as The Fast and The Furious, The Girl On The Train, The Hobbit and 3 Musketeers. Luke also starred in the live action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast alongside Emma Watson where he had the chance to show off his singing talents as 'Gaston'.

Luke Evans sits down with Ken Bruce to talk about his favourite songs.

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

Lulu20200221

Lulu, the hugely successful singer-songwriter, actress and business woman, picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Ray Charles, The Isley Brothers, TLC, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Lulu started young, a 15-year-old Scottish soul sensation. Born into the tough world of Glasgow’s working class tenements in 1948, she was raised as Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie. She has been such a fixture of the British entertainment landscape for so long now; she has become a national treasure. She has sung at the Eurovision, hosted a Saturday night light entertainment TV show, acted in films, theatre and television and sold her own brand make up. Lulu has recorded some classic records over her 51 years in the business, in 1967 she had her number one To Sir With Love, in 1969 soul stormer Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby), in 1974 Bond theme The Man With The Golden Gun, and the Bowie collaboration The Man Who Sold The World. Plus of course there was the 1993 smash hit with Take That on Relight My Fire and in 2019 Lulu toured with the band on their 35 date UK stadium tour. Her most recent, self-written album “Making Life Rhyme ? stands head and shoulders with Lulu’s very best and most loved work.
Lulu is now bringing her latest live show ‘On Fire’ to The London Palladium for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra on Sunday 15th March.

Lulu chats to Gary Davies about her favourite songs and shares the stories behind them.

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

Lulu, the hugely successful singer-songwriter, actress and business woman, picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Ray Charles, The Isley Brothers, TLC, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. Lulu started young, a 15-year-old Scottish soul sensation. Born into the tough world of Glasgow’s working class tenements in 1948, she was raised as Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie. She has been such a fixture of the British entertainment landscape for so long now; she has become a national treasure. She has sung at the Eurovision, hosted a Saturday night light entertainment TV show, acted in films, theatre and television and sold her own brand make up. Lulu has recorded some classic records over her 51 years in the business, in 1967 she had her number one To Sir With Love, in 1969 soul stormer Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby), in 1974 Bond theme The Man With The Golden Gun, and the Bowie collaboration The Man Who Sold The World. Plus of course there was the 1993 smash hit with Take That on Relight My Fire and in 2019 Lulu toured with the band on their 35 date UK stadium tour. Her most recent, self-written album “Making Life Rhyme” stands head and shoulders with Lulu’s very best and most loved work.
Lulu is now bringing her latest live show ‘On Fire’ to The London Palladium for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra on Sunday 15th March.

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

Malorie Blackman20190301

Malorie Blackman, the author and 500 Words judge picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading and Andra Day. Now in its 9th year, BBC Radio 2’s short-story writing competition 500 Words is for children between the ages of 5 and 13. Over the years the competition has received over 800,000 entries and Malorie sits on the judging panel alongside numerous other authors, including Francesca Simon and Charlie Higson. Plus there is also the phenomenal honorary judge, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall who will also attend the live final at Windsor Castle on Friday 14th June.
Malorie has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars. Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6-part adaptation of Pig-Heart Boy winning a BAFTA and Noughts & Crosses currently in production for the BBC, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) on board to curate and release the soundtrack as Executive Producer.
In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books, in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature and, between 2013 and 2015, she was the Children's Laureate. Malorie is currently writing for the new Doctor Who series on BBC One and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses sequence, Crossfire, will be published in summer 2019.

Malorie Blackman, the author and 500 Words judge picks the Tracks of My Years.

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

Mans Zelmerlow and SuRie20180511

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark King20200214

Mark King from Level 42 picks his favourite songs with Gary Davies in the Tracks of My Years with songs from Scritti Politti, The Hollies, Amy Winehouse and Patsy Cline. Level 42 have sold over 30 million records and 2020 marks the 40th anniversary since they released their first single. On Monday 16th March at the London Palladium the band are joining forces for the very first time with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The unique performance will bring a new twist to classic hits including Lessons In Love, Something About You, Running In The Family, It’s Over, The Sun Goes Down (Living it Up) and Love Games. They are also hitting the road this year on their 'From Here To Eternity' UK Tour. Level 42 and Mark have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums, the Sirens’ EP, and 6 compilation albums and had 18 top 40 singles. They have also sold out Wembley Arena for a total of 21 nights.

Mark King from Level 42 chats to Gary Davies about his favourite records.

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

Mark King from Level 42 picks his favourite songs with Gary Davies in the Tracks of My Years with songs from Scritti Politti, The Hollies, Amy Winehouse and Patsy Cline. Level 42 have sold over 30 million records and 2020 marks the 40th anniversary since they released their first single. On Monday 16th March at the London Palladium the band are joining forces for the very first time with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The unique performance will bring a new twist to classic hits including Lessons In Love, Something About You, Running In The Family, It’s Over, The Sun Goes Down (Living it Up) and Love Games. They are also hitting the road this year on their 'From Here To Eternity' UK Tour. Level 42 and Mark have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums, the Sirens’ EP, and 6 compilation albums and had 18 top 40 singles. They have also sold out Wembley Arena for a total of 21 nights.

Mark King from Level 42 chats to Gary Davies about his favourite records.

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

Mary Wilson20190920

Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of Motown Records iconic group The Supremes picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Doris Day, Etta James, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell. In 1959 a young African-American songwriter named Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with a loan of eight hundred dollars from his family, marking the birth of Motown Records Corporation. It created a sound that has become one of the most significant musical success stories of the 20th century as the music continues to be embraced by every generation. In its classic era of the 1960s - Motown's artists were among the most popular. The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips and later Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie were all brought through Motown against the background of a growing civil rights movement.
Mary Wilson from The Supremes has recently released a book called, Supreme Glamour, which has pictures of some of the groups most iconic gowns reassembled on the stage of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It's also bookended by Mary's retelling of the legendary story of the phenomenal group.

Mary Wilson from The Supremes chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mary Wilson20190920

Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of Motown Records iconic group The Supremes picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Doris Day, Etta James, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell. In 1959 a young African-American songwriter named Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with a loan of eight hundred dollars from his family, marking the birth of Motown Records Corporation. It created a sound that has become one of the most significant musical success stories of the 20th century as the music continues to be embraced by every generation. In its classic era of the 1960s - Motown's artists were among the most popular. The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips and later Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie were all brought through Motown against the background of a growing civil rights movement.
Mary Wilson from The Supremes has recently released a book called, Supreme Glamour, which has pictures of some of the groups most iconic gowns reassembled on the stage of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It's also bookended by Mary's retelling of the legendary story of the phenomenal group.

Mary Wilson from The Supremes chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of Motown Records iconic group The Supremes picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Doris Day, Etta James, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell. In 1959 a young African-American songwriter named Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with a loan of eight hundred dollars from his family, marking the birth of Motown Records Corporation. It created a sound that has become one of the most significant musical success stories of the 20th century as the music continues to be embraced by every generation. In its classic era of the 1960s - Motown's artists were among the most popular. The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips and later Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie were all brought through Motown against the background of a growing civil rights movement.
Mary Wilson from The Supremes has recently released a book called, Supreme Glamour, which has pictures of some of the groups most iconic gowns reassembled on the stage of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It's also bookended by Mary's retelling of the legendary story of the phenomenal group.

Mary Wilson from The Supremes chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of Motown Records iconic group The Supremes picks her Tracks of My Years with songs from Doris Day, Etta James, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell. In 1959 a young African-American songwriter named Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records with a loan of eight hundred dollars from his family, marking the birth of Motown Records Corporation. It created a sound that has become one of the most significant musical success stories of the 20th century as the music continues to be embraced by every generation. In its classic era of the 1960s - Motown's artists were among the most popular. The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips and later Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie were all brought through Motown against the background of a growing civil rights movement.
Mary Wilson from The Supremes has recently released a book called, Supreme Glamour, which has pictures of some of the groups most iconic gowns reassembled on the stage of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It's also bookended by Mary's retelling of the legendary story of the phenomenal group.

Mary Wilson from The Supremes chooses her favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Matthew Morrison2020040320200419 (R2)

Matthew Morrison, the actor, singer and dancer chooses his favourite records.

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

Matthew Morrison2020040320200419 (R2)

Matthew Morrison, the actor, singer and dancer sits down with Ken Bruce and picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from Elton John, The Script, Coldplay, Phil Collins and Frank Sinatra. Matthew has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and has recently released a new album of classic Disney songs. The record is a personal dedication to his son and Matthew's song selection was picked from his fondest Disney memories from being a child. It covers several eras of the beloved classic films including; Pinocchio, Dumbo, Cinderella and Toy Story. He's appeared in multiple Broadway productions, including; The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Finding Neverland, and Hairspray. Matthew famously played the role of Will Schuester on the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, Glee. He's also had guest star roles on the hit US TV shows Grey's Anatomy and The Good Wife. Matthew has previously recorded two studio albums and has collaborated with an impressive guest list of artists including Sting, Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently, he appeared on FX's American Horror Story: 1984 and BBC One’s hit dance competition series created by Simon Cowell, The Greatest Dancer.

Matthew Morrison, the actor, singer and dancer chooses his favourite records.

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

Mick Hucknall20190913

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce. The band is back this summer with brand new music and will be performing at Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park this weekend. Mick achieved international fame in the 1980's as the lead singer songwriter of the soul influenced pop band Simply Red with whom he enjoyed a 25 year career and sold over 50 million albums.

Since the release of their debut studio album Picture Book in 1985, the band have had ten songs reach top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now", both of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. They have had five number one albums in the UK, with their 1991 album, Stars, being one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In November they will be releasing "Blue Eyed Soul" - their first new studio album in four years and the twelfth in their stellar career.

At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group. They received three Grammy Award nominations: for Best New Artist in 1987, and "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

Mick Hucknall talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mick Hucknall20190913

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce. The band is back this summer with brand new music and will be performing at Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park this weekend. Mick achieved international fame in the 1980's as the lead singer songwriter of the soul influenced pop band Simply Red with whom he enjoyed a 25 year career and sold over 50 million albums.

Since the release of their debut studio album Picture Book in 1985, the band have had ten songs reach top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now", both of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. They have had five number one albums in the UK, with their 1991 album, Stars, being one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In November they will be releasing "Blue Eyed Soul" - their first new studio album in four years and the twelfth in their stellar career.

At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group. They received three Grammy Award nominations: for Best New Artist in 1987, and "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

Mick Hucknall talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce. The band is back this summer with brand new music and will be performing at Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park this weekend. Mick achieved international fame in the 1980's as the lead singer songwriter of the soul influenced pop band Simply Red with whom he enjoyed a 25 year career and sold over 50 million albums.

Since the release of their debut studio album Picture Book in 1985, the band have had ten songs reach top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now", both of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. They have had five number one albums in the UK, with their 1991 album, Stars, being one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In November they will be releasing "Blue Eyed Soul" - their first new studio album in four years and the twelfth in their stellar career.

At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group. They received three Grammy Award nominations: for Best New Artist in 1987, and "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

Mick Hucknall talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Mick Hucknall of Simply Red talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce. The band is back this summer with brand new music and will be performing at Radio 2's Live in Hyde Park this weekend. Mick achieved international fame in the 1980's as the lead singer songwriter of the soul influenced pop band Simply Red with whom he enjoyed a 25 year career and sold over 50 million albums.

Since the release of their debut studio album Picture Book in 1985, the band have had ten songs reach top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now", both of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. They have had five number one albums in the UK, with their 1991 album, Stars, being one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. In November they will be releasing "Blue Eyed Soul" - their first new studio album in four years and the twelfth in their stellar career.

At the 1992 and 1993 Brit Awards, they received the award for Best British Group. They received three Grammy Award nominations: for Best New Artist in 1987, and "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.

Mick Hucknall talks about his favourite songs with Ken Bruce.

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

Milton Jones20200103

Milton Jones, the comedian who's best known for his starring roles on Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from The Clash, Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Rafferty, U2 and Robbie Williams. Milton is one of the country's biggest selling comedians and is about to head out on the road on another UK tour called Milton: Impossible. He has said that the latest our "is loosely based on a Tom Cruise film I saw once called something like Undo-able Task." Milton’s last sell-out tour, Milton Jones Is Out There, saw over one hundred thousand people pack the rafters, with an entire leg of extra shows added to cater to demand, underlining his position as one of the UK’s most popular and biggest selling comedians. Milton has co-written and performed in eleven of his own radio series for BBC Radio 4 and in 2012 Another Case of Milton Jones won the Silver Sony Award for Best Comedy. He won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award, is the winner of two Sony Awards, a Writers Guild Award nominee and his radio show Very World of Milton Jones was nominated for a British Comedy Award. Milton has also released three hugely successful live DVDs - Milton Jones – The Universe Tour. Part One – Earth Milton Jones Live, The Lion Whisperer and On the Road.

Milton Jones, the comedian best known for Mock The Week, picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Milton Jones20200103

Milton Jones, the comedian who's best known for his starring roles on Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from The Clash, Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Rafferty, U2 and Robbie Williams. Milton is one of the country's biggest selling comedians and is about to head out on the road on another UK tour called Milton: Impossible. He has said that the latest our "is loosely based on a Tom Cruise film I saw once called something like Undo-able Task." Milton’s last sell-out tour, Milton Jones Is Out There, saw over one hundred thousand people pack the rafters, with an entire leg of extra shows added to cater to demand, underlining his position as one of the UK’s most popular and biggest selling comedians. Milton has co-written and performed in eleven of his own radio series for BBC Radio 4 and in 2012 Another Case of Milton Jones won the Silver Sony Award for Best Comedy. He won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award, is the winner of two Sony Awards, a Writers Guild Award nominee and his radio show Very World of Milton Jones was nominated for a British Comedy Award. Milton has also released three hugely successful live DVDs - Milton Jones – The Universe Tour. Part One – Earth Milton Jones Live, The Lion Whisperer and On the Road.

Milton Jones, the comedian best known for Mock The Week, picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Milton Jones, the comedian who's best known for his starring roles on Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo picks his Tracks of My Years with songs from The Clash, Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Rafferty, U2 and Robbie Williams. Milton is one of the country's biggest selling comedians and is about to head out on the road on another UK tour called Milton: Impossible. He has said that the latest our "is loosely based on a Tom Cruise film I saw once called something like Undo-able Task." Milton’s last sell-out tour, Milton Jones Is Out There, saw over one hundred thousand people pack the rafters, with an entire leg of extra shows added to cater to demand, underlining his position as one of the UK’s most popular and biggest selling comedians. Milton has co-written and performed in eleven of his own radio series for BBC Radio 4 and in 2012 Another Case of Milton Jones won the Silver Sony Award for Best Comedy. He won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award, is the winner of two Sony Awards, a Writers Guild Award nominee and his radio show Very World of Milton Jones was nominated for a British Comedy Award. Milton has also released three hugely successful live DVDs - Milton Jones – The Universe Tour. Part One – Earth Milton Jones Live, The Lion Whisperer and On the Road.

Milton Jones, the comedian best known for Mock The Week, picks his Tracks of My Years.

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

Mollie King20190208

Mollie King, the presenter and member of pop group The Saturdays picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from Take That, Florence + The Machine and Whitney Houston. Mollie presents three weekly breakfast shows on BBC Radio 1 with her co-host Matt Edmondson and also hosts 'The Greatest Dancer' podcast which accompanies the new BBC One Saturday night talent show. As part of the phenomenally successful group The Saturdays, Mollie has sold millions of records around the world and had over ten top 10 singles in the UK chart. She has also appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and picked up awards from both Glamour and Cosmopolitan. Mollie was a contestant in the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing and made it to the semi-finals of the competition with her partner AJ Pritchard.

Popstar and presenter Mollie King picks the Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

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 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 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.

Nick Mason20200503

Ken Bruce talks to Nick Mason about his favourite records.

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.

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.

Nicole Scherzinger20200320

Nicole Scherzinger, the Pussycat Dolls lead singer and X Factor judge, picks her favourite songs with Ken Bruce with music from Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and The Proclaimers. Pussycat Dolls have made their sensational return to music with the new single React. Co-written by Nicole and produced by Will Simms, Johan Gustafson and Ivares, React is a fiery ode to spicing up a stagnant relationship. The multi-platinum pop sensation are; Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar. Their smash hit single Don't Cha is officially one of the UK's best-selling singles of all time. The group have sold more than 55 million records worldwide, been streamed over 3 billion times, had two wins at the MTV VMAs and achieved eight UK Top 10 singles. ln November last year Pussycat Dolls announced they are back and reuniting for a UK tour, their first live performances in over a decade. They are taking their Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour on the road next year, hitting arenas across the UK, calling at Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds and London.

Nicole Scherzinger, the Pussycat Dolls lead singer, picks her favourite songs.

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

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

Nina Nesbitt20191213

Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce. Nina hails from Livingstone, Scotland. She plays guitar, flute and piano and is also a trained gymnast - once considered for the Scottish Commonwealth Games team. But she turned away from sport for a career in music. Inspired by Taylor Swift she started to record covers of songs . In Edinburgh she met Ed Sheeran who encouraged her to write and perform her own material. She also supported him on tour. Her latest album is called "The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change and The Flowers Will Fall" She has also recently recorded a song with John Newman - " Without You"

Nina Nesbitt chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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

Nina Nesbitt20191213

Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce. Nina hails from Livingstone, Scotland. She plays guitar, flute and piano and is also a trained gymnast - once considered for the Scottish Commonwealth Games team. But she turned away from sport for a career in music. Inspired by Taylor Swift she started to record covers of songs. In Edinburgh she met Ed Sheeran who encouraged her to write and perform her own material. She also supported him on tour. Her latest album is called "The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change and The Flowers Will Fall" She has also recently recorded a song with John Newman - " Without You"

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

Prue Leith CBE20191206

Chef, business woman, journalist, novelist and Great British Bake-Off judge - Pru Leith CBE chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce. Pru Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly sixty years. She hails from Cape Town, South Africa. As a student she travelled to Europe to attend the Sorbonne and came to London in 1960 to attend the Cordon Bleu Cookery School. Here her love of cookery began. She started her own business, ran her first restaurant and founded her own cookery school. She’s been a leading figure in campaigns to improve food in schools, hospitals and in the home. She writes on food for many of the national newspapers and has written five romantic fiction novels including the trilogy "The Angelotti Chronicles". She has compiled countless cookery books and written her autobiography - My Life of a Plate. She is, of course, a judge alongside Paul Hollywood in "The Great British Bake-Off".

Prue Leith CBE chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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

Prue Leith Cbe20191206

Chef, business woman, journalist, novelist and Great British Bake-Off judge - Pru Leith CBE chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce. Pru Leith has been at the top of the British food scene for nearly sixty years. She hails from Cape Town, South Africa. As a student she travelled to Europe to attend the Sorbonne and came to London in 1960 to attend the Cordon Bleu Cookery School. Here her love of cookery began. She started her own business, ran her first restaurant and founded her own cookery school. She’s been a leading figure in campaigns to improve food in schools, hospitals and in the home. She writes on food for many of the national newspapers and has written five romantic fiction novels including the trilogy "The Angelotti Chronicles". She has compiled countless cookery books and written her autobiography - My Life of a Plate. She is, of course, a judge alongside Paul Hollywood in "The Great British Bake-Off".

Prue Leith CBE chooses her favourite records with Ken Bruce.

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 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.

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.

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.

Roy Hudd20200321

Recently the much loved and incredibly talented actor and comic Roy Hudd OBE passed away. A couple of years ago he came in to talk to Ken Bruce and record his Tracks Of My Years, which like the man himself were very varied and his stories around them highly entertaining and as a tribute to Roy here's another chance to hear his choices.

As a tribute to the late Roy Hudd, another chance to hear Roy choose his favourite music.

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.

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.

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 Elton John20191018

Sir Elton John, one of the world's greatest singers, songwriters and composers, picks his favourite songs in Tracks of My Years, including music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard.
Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018, he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history in America, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1's and 27 Top 10's. He launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. And in November 2010, Elton donated and personally delivered one of his beloved pianos to Radio 2 to be used in live performances with both established and emerging artists. It has since been played by Olly Alexander, Christine McVie, Gary Barlow, Benny Andersson, Tom Odell, The Shires, Ward Thomas, The Script and many more.
When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $450 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. In 2019, the biographical musical film Rocketman was released, telling the story of Elton's life. The movie's soundtrack saw producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits. Elton is now releasing his first and only official autobiography, revealing the truth about his extraordinary life.

Sir Elton John picks his favourite songs in his Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

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

Sir Elton John20191018

Sir Elton John, one of the world's greatest singers, songwriters and composers, picks his favourite songs in Tracks of My Years, including music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard.
Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018, he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history in America, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1's and 27 Top 10's. He launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. And in November 2010, Elton donated and personally delivered one of his beloved pianos to Radio 2 to be used in live performances with both established and emerging artists. It has since been played by Olly Alexander, Christine McVie, Gary Barlow, Benny Andersson, Tom Odell, The Shires, Ward Thomas, The Script and many more.
When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $450 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. In 2019, the biographical musical film Rocketman was released, telling the story of Elton's life. The movie's soundtrack saw producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits. Elton is now releasing his first and only official autobiography, revealing the truth about his extraordinary life.

Sir Elton John picks his favourite songs in his Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

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

Sir Elton John20191226

Sir Elton John, one of the world's greatest singers, songwriters and composers, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce in Tracks of My Years, including music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard.
Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018, he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history in America, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1's and 27 Top 10's. He launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. And in November 2010, Elton donated and personally delivered one of his beloved pianos to Radio 2 to be used in live performances with both established and emerging artists. It has since been played by Olly Alexander, Christine McVie, Gary Barlow, Benny Andersson, Tom Odell, The Shires, Ward Thomas, The Script and many more.
When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $450 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. In 2019, the biographical musical film Rocketman was released, telling the story of Elton's life. The movie's soundtrack saw producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits. Elton is now releasing his first and only official autobiography, revealing the truth about his extraordinary life.

Sir Elton John picks his favourite songs in his Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

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

Sir Elton John20191226

Sir Elton John, one of the world's greatest singers, songwriters and composers, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce in Tracks of My Years, including music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard.
Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018, he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history in America, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1's and 27 Top 10's. He launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. And in November 2010, Elton donated and personally delivered one of his beloved pianos to Radio 2 to be used in live performances with both established and emerging artists. It has since been played by Olly Alexander, Christine McVie, Gary Barlow, Benny Andersson, Tom Odell, The Shires, Ward Thomas, The Script and many more.
When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $450 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. In 2019, the biographical musical film Rocketman was released, telling the story of Elton's life. The movie's soundtrack saw producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits. Elton is now releasing his first and only official autobiography, revealing the truth about his extraordinary life.

Sir Elton John picks his favourite songs in his Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

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

Sir Elton John20191226

Sir Elton John, one of the world's greatest singers, songwriters and composers, picks his favourite songs with Ken Bruce in Tracks of My Years, including music from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Little Richard.
Elton has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997. In August 2018, he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history in America, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1's and 27 Top 10's. He launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. And in November 2010, Elton donated and personally delivered one of his beloved pianos to Radio 2 to be used in live performances with both established and emerging artists. It has since been played by Olly Alexander, Christine McVie, Gary Barlow, Benny Andersson, Tom Odell, The Shires, Ward Thomas, The Script and many more.
When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $450 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. In 2019, the biographical musical film Rocketman was released, telling the story of Elton's life. The movie's soundtrack saw producer and composer Giles Martin re-interpreting and re-imagining Elton’s iconic hits. Elton is now releasing his first and only official autobiography, revealing the truth about his extraordinary life.

Sir Elton John picks his favourite songs in his Tracks of My Years 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.

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.

Trevor Horn20190308

Trevor Horn, the legendary record producer picks the Tracks of My Years with songs from The Byrds, Pink Floyd and Tina Charles. His latest album ‘Trevor Horn Reimagines The 80s’ sees Trevor work with a range of artists including Robbie Williams, Seal, Jim Kerr and All Saints as he recreates versions of classic songs from the 80s, including Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Ashes To Ashes.
Trevor gained international acclaim following his 1979 hit single Video Killed The Radio Star, written with his band The Buggles. The track was a worldwide success, reaching number 1 in the singles charts in sixteen different countries. Trevor was then briefly the lead vocalist in progressive rock band Yes before he decided to focus his attentions on production work.
He has since worked with the likes of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, Seal and Robbie Williams among many others over a career which has seen him win three Brit Awards, a Grammy and an Ivor Novello award. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for his services to the music industry.

Ken’s also got another round of the PopMaster music quiz, the record and album of the week and the daily love song. To contact the show, just email ken.bruce@bbc.co.uk

Legendary record producer Trevor Horn picks the 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.

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.