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Amy Winehouse and Aretha Franklin

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 23 January 2014

David Hepworth joins Johnnie to discuss Amy Winehouse's hugely successful and multi award winning second album (and sadly the last to be released in her lifetime) Back To Black from 2006. They hear archive interview clips from Amy talking about her influences, the production techniques on the record and the unashamedly confessional nature of her songs and performances.

They also listen to Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul from 1968. Johnnie remembers the time he spent with Aretha and her record company colleagues when he left Radio Caroline in the late 60s. The programme makes use of extensive archive BBC interviews with Aretha, Bobby Womack (who played on the album alongside King Curtis, Joe South, Eric Clapton, Spooner Oldham and The Sweet Inspirations) and the extraordinary studio team led by Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin.

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