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Ricky Ross and his wife Lorraine Mcintosh (formerly of Deacon Blue) play live and Bob pays tribute to the DJ Roger Scott who died in 1989.

After midnight Bob's live session comes from Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross, who, after more than two decades in and out of Deacon Blue, decided they wanted to make an album - together.

Not an album as part of Deacon Blue. Not a Ricky Ross album with Lorraine popping up on backing vocals. But an album which the two of them could call, justly and equally, their own.

They decided they would both write and both sing. The songs would be meaningful and simple - no unnecessary chords or complicated changes. And the couple would go somewhere other than Scotland to record them. "We knew what we'd get if we did it here in Glasgow," Ricky says. "We thought if we go somewhere else and get different people to work with we'll come up with something that will surprise us. We wanted to record music together that was completely fresh."

'Somewhere else' turned out to be the Red Star Studio in Silver Lake, Los Angeles and the 'different people' were a group of players steeped in the finest traditions of Americana music.

Mark Howard was hired to produce. He has worked in the studio with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and produced Lucinda Williams's Top 20 album, World Without Tears. With Howard's help Ricky and Lorraine hand-picked a band that included drummer Steven Nistor (Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse), bass player Daryl Johnson (Emmylou Harris, the Neville Brothers) and the great Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams's guitarist) on pedal steel and banjo. Completing the line-up was guitarist and backing vocalist David Scott (of The Pearl Fishers), an old friend of Ricky's and Lorraine's from Glasgow, who produced Ricky's last solo album, Pale Rider.

The result is The Great Lakes by McIntosh Ross, an album which combines echoes of the duo's Celtic homeland with the twang of the American south - a seamless blend of Caledonia and California.

Then in the final hour of the show we pay tribute to one of Bob's heroes.

As the late Alan "Fluff" Freeman said in the 1989 Radio 1 documentary 'Radio Radio', Roger Scott was "the D.J.'s D.J."; an "authoritative, encyclopaedic and sensitive music loving broadcaster, who commanded the respect of his listeners and his colleagues."

Best known for presenting an afternoon radio show on London's Capital Radio from 1973 until 1988, Roger ended his illustrious career at the BBC in 1989.

The 31st October is the 20th anniversary of his death at the age of 46 and, as his friend and Radio 1 colleague, Bob will be paying tribute to him in the last hour of tonight's show. Bob took over Roger's Sunday slot on Radio 1 when he lost his battle with cancer, but had known and respected him for a long time.

Born in London in 1943, Roger Scott began playing records from the window of his Surbiton home, enjoying the reaction of passers-by to the music. Later in life he would constantly refer to his desire to just play things on the biggest record player in the world. In America he achieved this with a 50,000 Watt transmitter beaming out of New York State and across the U.K. on the B.B.C.

Bob will be playing some of Roger's favourite artists alongside links from his career. Archive comes from American and Canadian Radio stations like WPTR 1540 in Albany and CFOX in Montreal, as well as the 'Three O Clock Thrill', 'Cruising' and 'All Time Top 100' on London's Capital Radio and both his 1970s 'Bob Baker' and final 'Scott on Sunday' shows for BBC Radio 1.

We'll also hear from Tim Blackmore MBE, who, in addition to being the first Director of the Radio Academy, Chairman of the Sony Radio Awards Committee and a Radio 1 producer, was head of music and programmes at Capital, where he often had the task of telling Roger not to play hours of back to back Bruce Springsteen tracks or Paul McCartney and Beatles bootlegs on air.

In excerpts from the special 'Radio Radio' documentary recorded for the BBC by Johnny Beerling and Philip Swern towards the end of Roger's life, he talks us through his career, including his bed side position at John & Yoko's peace protest in Montreal. Most importantly, Roger gives a devastatingly candid appraisal of and comment on the state of radio and the then emerging pressure to "play it safe" (with the aid of an even less scientific market research process than his own bedroom window). This proves to be just as prescient and valid twenty years on.

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Last on

Sat 24 Oct 2009 23:00

Music Played

  • Santana

    Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas)

    • Supernatural.
    • ARISTA.
  • Will Hoge

    Highway Wings

    • The Wreckage.
    • Ryko.
  • Bruce Springsteen


    • The American West.
  • Deacon Blue

    Real Gone Kid

    • N/A.
  • Neil Diamond

    Cracklin Rosie

    • The Best Of Neil Diamond.
    • MCA.
  • Chairmen of the Board

    (You Got Me) Dangling On A String

    • H.D.H Presents The Hits Of Hot Wax & Inv H.D.H. Records.
  • Traffic - Empty Pages

  • Dan Clews

    Out In The Garden

    • Dan Clews.
    • Dan Clews 2009.
  • Jana Keeley

    The Prairie Song

    • Trouble.
    • Prairie Girl.
  • Vernon Dalhart

    Puttin' On The Style

    • Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen One.
    • Rhythm and Blues.
  • Bo Diddley

    Pretty Thing

    • His Best.
    • Chess.
  • Van Parks


    • Discover America.
    • Rykodisc.
  • Van Parks

    Bing Crosby

    • Discover America.
    • Rykodisc.
  • The Beach Boys

    Heroes And Villians

  • Call

    Let The Day Begin

    • Let The Day Begin.
    • MCA.
  • Gregory Alan Isakov

    That Moon Song

    • This Empty Northern Hemisphere.
    • Columbia.
  • Chip Taylor

    Gin Rummy Rules

    • Yonkers NY.
    • Train Wreck.
  • Ricky Ross

    A Passing Place

    • Lorraine Mcintosh;.
    • Davie Scott.
  • Ricky Ross

    Bluebell Wood

    • Lorraine Mcintosh;.
    • Davie Scott.
  • The Blue Nile

    Saturday Night

    • Hats.
  • Rosanne Cash

    Sea Of Heartbreak

    • The List.
    • Manhattan.
  • Ricky Ross


    • Lorraine Mcintosh;.
    • Davie Scott.
  • McIntosh Ross

    Oh The Dark

    • The Great Lakes.
    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Dion

    Donna The Prima Donna

    • The Road I'm On.
  • Boo Hewerdine

    Sleeping Lions

    • God Bless The Pretty Things.
    • Navigator.
  • A.A. Bondy

    Mightiest Of Guns

    • When The Devil's Loose.
    • Fat Possum.
  • The Avett Brothers

    I and Love and You

    • I an Love and You.
    • American.
  • Jane Taylor


    • Compass.
  • Eagles

    King Of Hollywood

    • The Long Run.
    • ASYLUM.
  • R.E.M.

    Bittersweet Me

    • New Adventures In Hi Fi.
    • WB "RECORDS".
  • LĪVE

    Selling The Drama

    • Throwing Copper.
  • Sean Taylor

    Calcutta Grove

    • Calcutta Grove.
    • Sean Taylor Songs.
  • John Martyn

    Go Down Easy

    • Solid Air.
  • The Moonglows


    • Don't Stop Doo Wop.
    • TELSTAR.
  • Jerry Butler & The Impressions

    For Your Precious Love

    • Rockfile Volume 39.
  • Kalin Twins

    Three O'Clock Thrill

    • N/A.
    • MCA.
  • Sir Cliff Richard & The Drifters

    Move It

    • The Rock 'N' Roll Years.
    • EMI.
  • Carl Perkins

    Blue Suede Shoes

    • Rock 'N' Roll Greats.
    • EMI.
  • Ralph McTell

    Streets Of London

    • Ivor Novello Awards / The Winners.
    • EMI.
  • Elvis Presley - I Got Stung

  • The Beatles

    Dizzy Miss Lizzy

    • Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
    • Capitol.
  • James Brown

    Money Won't Change You (Part 1)

    • 40th Anniversary Collection.
    • Polydor.
  • Clyde McPhatter

    A Lover's Question

    • All Time Classic Rock 'n' Roll Tear.
    • Warner Strategic Marketi.
  • Cat Stevens

    Matthew And Son

    • The Collection.
    • Castle Communications.
  • Led Zeppelin

    Whole Lotta Love

    • Led Zeppelin Early Days.
  • John Lennon

    Give Peace A Chance

    • The John Lennon Collection.
  • Gordon Lightfoot

    If You Could Read My Mind

    • Gord's Gold.
    • REPRISE.
  • T. Rex

    Get It On

    • The Essential Collection.
    • Universal Music TV.
  • Clive Dunn


    • EMI.
  • Harry Chapin

    Cats In The Cradle

    • Rediscover The 70'S.
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Born To Run

    • Greatest Hits.
  • Traveling Wilburys

    End of the Line

    • vol1.
    • warner.
  • The Everly Brothers

    Wake Up Little Susie

    • The Definitive Everly Brothers.
    • WSM.
  • Simon & Garfunkel

    The Sound Of Silence

    • The Simon & Garfunkle Collection.
    • CBS.
  • Roy Orbison

    Dream Baby

    • Only The Lonely.
    • VIRGIN.
  • The Everly Brothers

    All I Have To Do Is Dream

    • The Golden Years Of The Everley Brothers Warner.
  • Mark Germino

    Rex Bob Lowenstein

    • Caught In The Act Of Being Ourselves.
    • RCA.


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Happy 70th Birthday Bob!

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