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3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 15 February 2010

He may be The Dark Lord but even he got that loving feeling on Valentine's Day. Find out what made this one a special one for him. It's an All-New Monday on The Best Time of the Day Show. We are re-assessing great landmark moments in time by looking at History Through the Eyes of Somebody That History Forgot. We all know about Henry VIII's many wives, but spare a thought for the woman that had to mop the floor after the beheadings. We are also playing that dreaded team-building game. You know, the one where you list three facts about yourself, but one of them is fictional. Only this is with Alex, so there is a twist in Inappropriate Ice-Breakers. Plus, what part of your childhood can you still not let go of? Do you still go to bed with a dummy?

There is a new Album of the Week from Johnny Cash, a brilliant new Record of the Week from the hotly-tipped soul-singer, Rox. Lester's Library choices come from The Eels and Rory Gallagher, plus vintage Listener's Library from Jimmy the Hoover.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for a-ha

    a-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 1

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Sorry

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 11

  • Image for Raul Malo

    Raul Malo Moonlight Kiss

    (CD Single), Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Johnny Nash

    Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now

    I Believe, Telstar

  • Image for The Band

    The Band Rag Mama Rag

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Premier

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming album, "MEMOIRS" (Rough Trade)

    • Image for Rox

      Rox My Baby Left Me

      (CD Single), Rough Trade, 1

  • Image for The Hoosiers

    The Hoosiers Goodbye Mr A

    (CD Single), Sony BMG

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Hold On

    (CD Single), Relentless

  • Image for Mary J. Blige

    Mary J. Blige I Am

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Box Tops

    The Box Tops The Letter

    Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY taken from the CD, "LIVE IN EUROPE" (RCA)

  • Image for Stevie Nicks

    Stevie Nicks Rooms On Fire

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Simply Red

    Simply Red Your Mirror

    Simply Red Greatest Hits, East West Records

  • Image for Barry White

    Barry White What Am I Gonna Do With You

    Barry White - The Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Maria

    The Female Touch 2 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Biffy Clyro

    Biffy Clyro Many Of Horror (When We Collide)

    (CD Single), 14th Floor, 1

  • Image for The Pasadenas

    The Pasadenas I'm Doing Fine Now

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Take It Easy

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • Image for Jon Allen and Amy Smith

    Jon Allen and Amy Smith When The Morning Comes

    (CD Single), Monologue Records, 1

  • Image for The Hollies

    The Hollies On A Carousel

    The Hollies, EMI, 19

  • Image for Journey

    Journey Who's Crying Now

    Journey - Escape, CBS

  • Image for Pixie Lott

    Pixie Lott Gravity

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY suggested by Neale James from Berkshire

  • Image for Carole King

    Carole King Tapestry

    Carole King - Tapestry, Epic

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Alphabet St.

    (Single), Paisley Park

  • Image for The Marvelettes

    The Marvelettes When You're Young And In Love

    Motown Hits Of Gold Vol.2 (Various), Hitsville

  • Image for Prefab Sprout

    Prefab Sprout The King Of Rock 'n' Roll

    Hits Album 8, Part 2 (Various Artist, Hits Album

  • Image for New Radicals

    New Radicals You Get What You Give

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Leona Lewis

    Leona Lewis I Got You

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Little River Band

    Little River Band Reminiscing

    Billboard Top Hits - 1978, Rhino

  • Image for Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton I Ain't Gonna Stand For It

    (CD Single), WEA

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Don't Tell Me That It's Over

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK Taken from the CD, "AMERICAN VI: AIN'T NO GRAVE" (Lost Highway/ Mercury)

    • Image for Johnny Cash

      Johnny Cash Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound

      American VI: Ain't No Grave

  • Image for Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

    The Very Best Of Meatloaf, Virgin

  • Image for All Saints

    All Saints Pure Shores

    (CD Single), London, 8

  • Image for UB40

    UB40 and Chrissie Hynde Breakfast In Bed

    Now 13, Part 1 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Whitney Houston

    Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias Could I Have This Kiss Forever

    (CD Single), Arista

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY Taken from the CD, "END TIMES" (V2)

    • Image for EELS

      EELS Eels - A Line in the Dirt

  • Image for Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Hallelujah

    Acoustic Love (Various Artists), Warner Strategic Marketing


The A-Z of Alex Lester

The A-Z of Alex Lester

To celebrate Alex's 26th year on Radio 2 here's a handy guide to his nocturnal world.


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    Alex Lester's Oddcast

    Alex Lester's latest musings on 'Alex World', featuring listener contributions, taken from his Best…

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