Tracks Of My Years

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20190111

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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

20190208

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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

20190517

Ken Bruce talks to star guests about their favourite records.

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

20190524
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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Rob Beckett20190315

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

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

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

Sara Bareilles20190329

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

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

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

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.

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.