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Compilation of performances from 1970s singer-songwriters, including Elton John, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Sandy Denny, Steve Goodman, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.

Compilation which unlocks the BBC vaults to explore the burgeoning singer-songwriter genre that exploded at the dawn of the 1970s and became one of the defining styles of that decade.

Featuring Elton John's Your Song, whose line 'My gift is my song and this one's for you' helps define this new, more personal style of songwriting, alongside an eclectic selection of classic artists and songs. James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Sandy Denny, Steve Goodman, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond, Tim Hardin, Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits all feature next to more commercial hits from the likes of Terry Jacks and Gilbert O'Sullivan.

Programme sources include The Old Grey Whistle Test, In Concert, Top of the Pops, The Shirley Bassey Show and Twiggy's Show of the week.

59 minutes

Last on

Sat 17 Aug 2019 02:55

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Al Stewart

    Year of the Cat 

  • 00:00

    Elton John

    Your Song 

  • 00:07

    Cat Stevens

    Wild World 

  • 00:11

    Harry Nilsson

    Without Her 

  • 00:13

    Sandy Denny

    Late November 

  • 00:16

    Gilbert O’Sullivan

    Nothing Rhymed 

  • 00:20

    Steve Goodman

    City of New Orleans 

  • 00:23

    Joni Mitchell

    Chelsea Morning 

  • 00:26

    Neil Young

    Heart of Gold 

  • 00:29

    Judee Sill

    The Pearl 

  • 00:31

    Jimmy Webb

    By the Time I Get to Phoenix 

  • 00:35

    Bill Withers

    Ain't No Sunshine

  • 00:37

    Terry Jacks

    Seasons in the Sun 

  • 00:41

    Neil Diamond

    Sweet Caroline 

  • 00:44

    Jackson Browne

    Jamaica Say You Will 

  • 00:50

    Joan Armatrading

    Down to Zero 

  • 00:54

    Tom Waits

    Burma Shave 


Role Contributor
Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Eleanor Thomas


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