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Wilko Johnson talks in 2013 about the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life and career. At the time Wilko had been diagnosed with cancer from which he has recovered.

In 2013 former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.

In this emotional First Time with... Matt Everitt chats to the influential musician, reflecting on his death and why he has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.

He looks back fondly at a life in music - growing up in Canvey Island, his band's influence on the roots of the British punk scene, and playing with Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Wilko discusses the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life and career.

After this programme was first broadcast in 2013, Wilko underwent a pioneering nine hour procedure to remove the tumour and he has remained cancer-free since then.

1 hour

Music Played

  • The Rolling Stones

    Come On

    • London.
  • John Lee Hooker

    Dimples

    • Warner Music.
  • Johnny Kidd and The Pirates

    A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues

    • Demon.
  • Dr. Feelgood

    Roxette

    • EMI.
  • Dr. Feelgood

    She Does It Right

    • EMI.
  • Bo Diddley

    Pretty Thing

    • White Label.
  • Chuck Berry

    Talkin About You

    • Weton Wesgram.
  • Dr. Feelgood

    Sneakin' Suspicion

    • EMI.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads & Blockheads

    I Want To Be Straight

    • Demon Records.
  • Dr. Feelgood

    Going Back Home (Live)

    • EMI.
  • Howlin’ Wolf

    Smokestack Lightning

    • THE HIT LABEL LTD.
  • Howlin’ Wolf

    Smokestack Lightnin'

    • Weton Wesgram.
  • Elvis Costello

    Green Shirt

    • IMP Records.

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