Friday, 26 April 2019

A Long Walk With... Series 1 - Holly Johnson

A LONG WALK WITH... SERIES 1 - HOLLY JOHNSON (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 28th March 2019

Janice Long walks through key places in Liverpool with Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Holly Johnson, as he remembers the characters and music that shaped his life and career to date.

Holly will take us on his own magical mystery tour from the local church where he sang as a choirboy, through the streets where he delivered papers, over the Mystery Park to Penny Lane while we hear The Beatles, David Bowie, The Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and T-Rex amongst others.

Holly and Janice also pass through the 'posh bit' of Liverpool where he first walked along an avenue humming the song that would become Relax. Holly also visits the Everyman Theatre (where he auditioned as a young man), the Cavern and Erics (where he performed with Big In Japan alongside his contemporaries like Echo & The Bunnymen and Ian Brodie).

Holly has fascinating anecdotes and memories to share about the Fab Four, Joe Meek, the Liverpool Empire, record shops and boutiques, Bob Wooler, Allan Williams, The Silver Blades Ice Rink & Disco, Matthew Street, Pete Burns and Jayne Casey as they affected his life.

First broadcast in 2017.

Holly Johnson - Love Train [MCA]
The Tornados - Telstar
David Bowie - Space Oddity [RCA]
T. Rex - Ride A White Swan [Disky]
The Beatles - Penny Lane [Apple]
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Parlophone]
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax [Sony Tv/Columbia]
The Human League - Being Boiled [Virgin]
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Born To Run [ZTT]
Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow [Warner]

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