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Robin Millar

Kirsty Young's guest is record producer Robin Millar.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the record producer, Robin Millar.

One of the UK's most successful record producers with over 160 gold, silver and platinum discs, he has over forty-four number one records to his credit. His 1984 production of Sade's debut album, 'Diamond Life', was named one of the best ten albums of the last thirty years at the 2010 Brit Awards.

He experienced problems with his eyesight from birth, especially in the dark, and had tunnel vision. Aged 16, a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa was confirmed and he was told that he would eventually lose his sight completely. On leaving school he studied law at Cambridge before becoming a music producer. The production of Sade's second album coincided with the loss of his remaining sight. In 2012 he underwent a retina implant which gave him some sight but the success was brief and later his body rejected it.

He works with a number of charities, mentors young musicians and was given a CBE for services to music in 2010.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 20 Mar 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Robbie Robertson

    Somewhere Down the Crazy River

    • Robbie Robertson.
    • Geffen.
  • Freddie King

    Help Me Through The Day

    • Woman Across The River.
    • Sequel.

    • The Rolling Stones

      Gimme Shelter

      • Hot Rocks 1964-1971.
      • Abkco.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Inner City Blues

    • Anthology.
    • Tamla Motown.
  • Etta James

    I'd Rather Go Blind

    • The Best of Etta James the Genuine Article.
    • MCA.
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station

    Paper Airplane

    • Paper Airplane.
    • Rounder/Umgd.
  • Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg

    Je t' non plus

    • The Best of Bardot.
    • Universal.
  • John Grant

    I Wanna go to Marz

    • Queen of Denmark.
    • Bella Union ?.

    West with the Night by Beryl Markham


    The pyramid stage at Glastonbury, complete with the sound system, lights and a guitar.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Robin Millar
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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