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Johnnie Walker is joined by Don McLean, who recently collected a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and he revisits Rush's prog epic 2112.

Johnnie Walker is joined by Don McLean, who recently collected a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Best known for his hit singles Vincent and American Pie, Don Mclean has been making music and delighting audiences for over forty years. Hailing from New York, he got his breakthrough with the 1971 album American Pie, which features his magnum opus of the same name.

Together he and Johnnie talk about the difficulty in releasing his debut album, refusing to compromise artistically (sometimes to the detriment of his career), his diverse musical influences and how his newfound fame affected him in the 1970s.

Also on the show, listener Terence Simpson rolls back the years with his musical memories in My 70s. Plus, Johnnie features the prog epic 2112 by Rush as his Featured Album, widely regarded to mark the beginning of the Canadian band's golden era.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Hour 1

    • Carly Simon

      Mockingbird

  • The Sweet

    Wig Wam Bam

  • Mr. Big

    Romeo

  • Featured Album: 2112

    • Rush

      2112 I. Overture

  • The Guess Who

    American Woman

  • Sister Sledge

    He's The Greatest Dancer

  • Eagles

    New Kid In Town

  • Featured Album: 2112

    • Rush

      2112 II. The Temples Of Syrinx

  • Thin Lizzy

    Whiskey In The Jar

  • My 70s: Terence Simpson

    • Atomic Rooster

      The Devil's Answer

  • Led Zeppelin

    Immigrant Song

  • Martha and the Muffins

    Echo Beach

  • Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

  • John Lennon

    Imagine

  • Faces

    Cindy Incidentally

  • Hour 2

    • Van Morrison

      Jackie Wilson Said

  • Dr. Feelgood

    Back In The Night

  • Benny Hill

    Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

  • Aretha Franklin

    Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

  • Don McLean

    Vincent

  • Don McLean

    Castles In The Air

  • Don McLean

    And I Love You So

  • Don McLean

    American Pie

  • The Staple Singers

    Respect Yourself

  • Python Lee Jackson

    In A Broken Dream

  • Joe Jackson

    Is She Really Going Out With Him?

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