Gerry Goffin, Freydis Sharland, Alexander Shulgin, Francis Matthews

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The lyricist Gerry Goffin - who, with his wife Carole King, wrote some of the biggest hits of the sixties and seventies. They include Will You Love Me Tomorrow, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman and Up On The Roof.

Also: the pioneering woman pilot Freydis Sharland, who delivered aircraft during the war and once flew a Tempest from the UK to Pakistan.

Alexander Shulgin - the American chemist known as the Godfather of psychedelic drugs.

And the actor Francis Matthews best known for playing the suave spy Paul Temple on TV - and providing the voice of the puppet Captain Scarlet.

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Sun 22 Jun 2014 20:30

Gerry Goffin (pictured)

Matthew spoke live in the studio to Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris.

Born 11 February 1939; died 19 June 2014 aged 75.

Freydis Sharland

Matthew spoke to Pauline Vahey of the British Women’s Pilots Association and to Tamsin Greig and Rich Leaf who knew her.

Born 22 September 1920; died 24 May 2014 aged 93.

Alexander Shulgin

Last Word spoke to filmmaker Etienne Sauret who made a documentary about his life.

Born 17 June 1925; died 2 June 2014 aged 88.

Francis Matthews

Last Word spoke to his son Damian Matthews and to actors Wendy Craig and Honor Blackman who worked with him.

Born 2 September 1927; died 14 June 2014 aged 86.


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Bannister
Interviewed GuestBob Harris
Interviewed GuestDamien Matthews
Interviewed GuestWendy Craig
Interviewed GuestHonor Blackman
Interviewed GuestPauline Vahey
Interviewed GuestTamsin Greig
Interviewed GuestRichard Leaf
Interviewed GuestEtienne Sauret
ProducerSteven Williams