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Gonna Make You a Star

1 hour, 56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 November 2012

This week, Johnnie Walker meets the actor, musician and former teen idol David Essex.

After breaking through in 1973 with Rock On, many people were surprised to find David had written the song himself. Aside from a glittering pop career with 13 top ten hits in the decade, Essex is also a noted actor and appeared in the stage musical Godspell and the original production of Evita.

David talks to Johnnie about his memories of the 70s, his number one hits and what it was like to be a teen idol and a songwriter at the same time.

Johnnie also catches up with the sports broadcaster Steve Rider, who talks about beginning his journalistic career in the 70s and picks some of his favourite tracks from the decade.

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  • In conversation with David Essex

    In conversation with David Essex


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