To mark the centenary of the birth of poet Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984), musician and composer Jim Parker traces the life of the man with whom he produced four bestselling albums of poetry and music
(including the 1974 hit Betjeman's Banana Blush). Regarded as the most popular poet since Tennyson, Betjeman was also active as a preservationist and as a broadcaster. Contributors include
Philip Larkin , Judi Dench and Prunella Scales , and television producer Eddie Mirzoeff. Producer Merilyn Harris
4/4. Radio 2 presents the story of pop and rock as recalled by the listeners and consumers who fed the careers of Bill Haley ,
Elvis Presley , Cliff Richard , the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd,
David Bowie , the Sex Pistols and many others. Expect to hear personal reminiscences and anecdotes from across the decades.
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