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Johnnie Walker meets Jim Kerr from Simple Minds, with his memories and favourite tracks from the seventies.

Johnnie Walker celebrates the decade that brought us Cabaret, Carrie and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

This week Johnnie speaks to Jim Kerr, frontman of the rock band Simple Minds. The band have had six UK number one albums and recently celebrated thirty five years in music. Jim takes Johnnie back to the early days of the group's formation in the late seventies, and plays some of his favourite songs from the decade.

Also on the show, Johnnie celebrates the re-release of Nick Drake's 1970 album Bryter Layter. Although it met with indifferent reviews on its initial release, it has gone on to be included on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of all time. The album's producer Joe Boyd talks about how he first came to meet Nick Drake and remembers the stories behind the making of the album.

Johnnie also raids the BBC's archive, and takes a look back at the safe return of Apollo 13 in 70 Second 70s.

1 hour, 56 minutes


Music Played

  • HOUR 1

    • Gloria Gaynor

      Never Can Say Goodbye

      • The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various).
      • Premier.
  • Boz Scaggs

    Lido Shuffle

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1977 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Esther Phillips

    What A Difference A Day Makes

    • A Touch Of Northern Soul (Various Artists).
    • Outta Sight.
  • Reparata & The Delrons

    Captain Of Your Ship

    • (Single).
    • Bell.
  • Michael Nesmith

    Silver Moon

    • Mike Nesmith - Loose Salute.
    • Awareness Records.

    • Badfinger

      Come And Get It

  • The Sweet

    Ballroom Blitz

    • The Sweet - Originals.
    • RCA.

    • The Rolling Stones

      Brown Sugar

      • Single.
  • Desmond Dekker

    You Can Get It If You Really Want

    • Young Gifted & Black (Various).
    • Trojan.

    • Nick Drake

      Northern Sky

  • The Drifters

    Saturday Night At The Movies

    • Very Best Of Ben E.King & The Drifters.
    • Global Television.
  • Roberta Flack

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    • Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974.
    • Atlantic.
  • HOUR 2

    • Skids

      Into The Valley

      • Greatest Hits Of Big Country & Skids.
      • Universal.
  • XTC

    Making Plans for Nigel

    • Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various).
    • EMI.
  • David Bowie

    Drive-In Saturday

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • The Emotions

    Best Of My Love

    • Mellow Madness (Various Artists).
    • Epic.
  • Steely Dan

    My Old School

    • A Decade Of Steely Dan.
    • MCA.
  • MY 70S: JIM KERR

    • Genesis

      I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)

  • Simple Minds

    Life In A Day

  • Thin Lizzy

    Don't Believe A Word

    • The Very Best Of.
    • Vertigo.
  • Clout


    • Hard 2 Get Hits - Various Artists.
    • Disky.
  • The Undertones

    Get Over You

    • EMI.