Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Gary Davies sits in and has an Elton John exclusive

Gary has a world exclusive Elton John announcement and first play of a very special piece of music. Plus there's more Tracks Of My Years from James Dean Bradfield.

Gary has a world exclusive Elton John announcement and the first play of a very special piece of music.

James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer songwriter and one-third of the Manic Street Preachers, is choosing the Tracks of My years all week with Gary Davies sitting in for Ken. Last month James released his second solo album entitled 'Even In Exile', based on a collection of songs loosely tracing the story of the life and death of Chilean poet-singer-activist Victor Jara. James set words written specifically for the album by poet and playwright Patrick Jones to music, adding: “I started each track with just guitar and vocal and built it up from there, this is an album that wasn’t jammed - it was quite a precise procedure of finding the right architecture for the lyrics. That meant it was never envisaged as an album I was going to take out on the road.” His first solo album, 'The Great Western', was released back in July 2006, where the majority of lyrics were written by James and featured a theme of looking to the past in a personal rather than a political light. The title refers to the Great Western Railway and much of the album was written on the train journey between Cardiff, where he lives today, and Paddington.

The next two tracks James has chosen come from Big Country and The Waterboys. Gary also has the daily love song, record and album of the week, plus another round from the legendary music quiz PopMaster. If you'd like to get in touch email

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

    Hollywood Nights

    • (CD Single).
    • Capitol.
  • McFLY


    • Young Dumb Thrills.
    • BMG Rights Management (UK).
  • Alison Moyet

    Love Resurrection

    • Alison Moyet Singles.
    • Columbia.
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

    Rain On Me

    • Chromatica.
    • Interscope Records.
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates

    Out Of Touch

    • Collections.
    • Sony.

    • Travis

      The Only Thing (feat. Susanna Hoffs)

      • 10 Songs.
      • BMG Rights Management (UK).
  • Doja Cat

    Say So

    • Hot Pink.
    • Kemosabe/Ministry of Sound.
    • 005.
  • Meck

    Thunder In My Heart Again (feat. Leo Sayer)

    • (CD Single).
    • Free2air.
  • Ava Max

    Who's Laughing Now

    • Heaven & Hell.
    • Atlantic.
  • Prince & The Revolution

    Let's Go Crazy

    • 4Ever.
    • Warner Bros.
  • LeAnn Rimes

    I Need You

    • (CD Single).
    • Curb.
  • Clean Bandit & Mabel

    Tick Tock

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Genesis


    • Genesis - Turn It On Again.
    • Virgin.
  • Amii Stewart


    • Love Bites & School Nites (Various).
    • Telstar.
  • Gregory Porter


    • All Rise.
    • Decca Records Jazz France.
  • Supertramp

    It's Raining Again

    • The Very Best Of Supertramp.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Miley Cyrus

    Midnight Sky

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Elton John

    Sing Me No Sad Songs

    • Caribou.
    • UMC.

    • Roachford

      Won't Think Twice

      • Twice In A Lifetime.
      • BMG Rights Management (UK).
  • The Corrs

    Runaway (Tin Tin Out Remix)

    Remix Artist: Tin Tin Out.
    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Sheryl Crow

    Soak Up The Sun (Radio 2 Live At Home 2020)

  • Erasure

    Nerves Of Steel

    • The Neon.
    • Mute.

    • Big Country


      • The Crossing.
      • Mercury.
      • 3.
  • The Waterboys

    Church Not Made With Hands

    • Island Records.
  • Viola Wills

    Gonna Get Along Without You Now

    • Soul Years 1979 (Various Artists).
    • Knight Records.


  • Thu 17 Sep 2020 09:30



Enter Ken's fiendish music quiz on air or play along at home with the official scorecard.

Radio 2's Piano Room

Radio 2's Piano Room

Watch the best stripped-back live music from the Elton John piano.

6 reasons why Ken Bruce is still king of the mid-morning airwaves

6 reasons why Ken Bruce is still king of the mid-morning airwaves

From PopMaster to Eurovision, here's why millions of people tune in to our Ken.