9/10. Retro rocker Suzi Ouatro spins pre-British invasion
American rock'n'roll gems of the 50s and early 60s. She continues with a showcase of independent record label Rust, featuring studio recordings by Randy and the Rainbows, Dean and Jean, and the Four Pennies. And Suzi celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of the Crickets' Maybe Baby. Plus golden oldies from Bobby Darin and Gene Pitney.
As part of Radio 2's On Song initiative in which songwriters discuss their craft, identify their inspirations and offer advice to budding tunesmiths, revered producer/musician/songwriter Nile Rodgers talks to Mark Hagen about his creative methods, specifically his prolific disco-era work as part of dance-funk act Chic. The New York City group's late-70s dance-floor classics include Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), Le Freak, I Want Your Love and Good Times. With Chic co-founder and songwriting partner Bernard Edwards (1952-1996), Rodgers also co-wrote the 1979 Sister Sledge hits He's the Greatest Dancer, We Are Family and Lost in Music, plus Diana Ross 's 1980 LP diana, including Upside Down.
Other beneficiaries of Rodgers's studio wizardy include Madonna, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Duran Duran and Laurie Anderson. Producer Mark Hagen
New series 1/8. Barrister-turned-presenter and wit Clive Anderson returns with a fourth series of his mocking, subversive, topical talk show. Each week special guests from the worlds of politics, journalism and the arts join him for an irreverent dissection of the week's top stories, instigated by queries from a studio audience. His first coterie of accomplices includes comics
Paul Sinha and Andy Parsons , and former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
Producer David Morley Rptd on Saturday
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