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Sultans of Swing

1 hour, 56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 July 2014

Johnnie Walker celebrates the decade of Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bruce Springsteen and Blondie.

This week John Illsley, founding member of Dire Straits remembers the decade in the My 70s feature. Alongside Mark and David Knopfler plus Pick Withers on drums, the band emerged in 1977 with a sound derived from pub rock rather than the prominent punk scene.

They went on to become one of the UK's most commercially successful bands, with Brothers In Arms the first album to sell over a million copies on CD. John will cover his memories of starting the band in the decade and how their early material paved the way for global super stardom.

Also on the show, Johnnie will revisit a moment from the decade courtesy of the BBC archive and another classic seven-inch single will be added into Johnnie's Jukebox.

Music Played

25 items
  • HOUR 1

  • Image for The Wailers

    The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers No Woman No Cry

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island, 2

  • Image for Juicy Lucy

    Juicy Lucy Who Do You Love

    25 Years Of Rock n' Roll 1970 (Various Artists), Connoisseur

  • Image for Kate Bush

    Kate Bush Wuthering Heights

    Music Of The Millennium (Various), Universal


    • Image for The Boomtown Rats

      The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap

      Greatest Hits Of 1978 (Various Artis, Premier

    • Image for The Boomtown Rats

      The Boomtown Rats I Don't Like Mondays

      25 Years Of Rock'NRoll: 1979 (Various Artists), Connoisseur Collection, 15

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac The Chain

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 1

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley The Last Farewell

    Moody Blue, RCA, 14


  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Up The Junction

    Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze, Universal/A&M

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Mean Girl

    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Clarence Carter

    Clarence Carter Patches

    Atlantic Soul Ballads (Various), Atlantic

  • Image for James Taylor

    James Taylor Up On The Roof

    James Taylor - Classic Songs, CBS

  • HOUR 2

  • Image for Dr. Hook

    Dr. Hook When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman

    Making Love & Music, MFP

  • Image for The Manhattan Transfer

    The Manhattan Transfer Tuxedo Junction

    (Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers American Girl

    Greatest Hits, MCA

  • Image for Derek and the Dominos

    Derek and the Dominos Layla

    The Cream Of Eric Clapton, Polydor

  • Image for Booker T. Jones

    Booker T. Jones and Priscilla Jones Time

    Chronicles, A&M Records, 8

  • Image for Gerry Rafferty

    Gerry Rafferty Right Down The Line

    Gerry Rafferty - Right Down Line, EMI


    • Image for J.J. Cale

      J.J. Cale I Got The Same Old Blues

      Okie, Mercury, 12

    • Image for Elvis Presley

      Elvis Presley That's All Right

      Elvis Presley - The 50 Greatest Hits, BMG/RCA

  • Image for Lou Reed

    Lou Reed Satellite Of Love

    Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for Van McCoy

    Van McCoy The Hustle

    Golden Hits Of The 70's (Various Artists), BR Music

  • Image for The Three Degrees

    The Three Degrees Take Good Care Of Yourself

    The Greatest Hits Of 1975, EMI

  • Johnnie's Jukebox: KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)

    Johnnie's Jukebox: KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way (I Like It)

    Johnnie Walker curates his own personal jukebox, filled with classic seventies seven inches.


    This week he's adding "That's The Way (I Like It)" by KC & The Sunshine Band, released in 1975.


    Watch on YouTube


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