Full programme schedule for BBC Radio 2 50s
Full programme schedule for BBC Radio 2 50s
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Full programme schedule for BBC Radio 2 50s

BBC Radio 2’s latest pop-up station, Radio 2 50s will broadcast on DAB from 14-17 April, and here’s the full schedule for the four days.

Thursday 14th April

12pm – 1pm
Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green
In this the first of Leo Green’s pop up shows for Radio 2 50s, he features music by the biggest vocal groups of the 50s as well as recalling the stories behind the songs.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Terry Carter

**

1pm – 2pm
My Buddy & I: Chris and Noah Evans
In a one hour special, Chris Evans and his son Noah share their love for the music of an artist that bridges generations, the brilliant Buddy Holly.

The father and son team are bringing the time they spend travelling in the car together – accompanied by classic cassette tapes of the 50s star – to the Radio 2 listeners.

“Noah is so excited, especially as there’ll be ‘no sport or travel’, ‘just us and Buddy’!”

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenters/Chris Evans and Noah Evans, Producer/James Carpenter

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2pm – 3pm
Jamie Cullum’s 50s Jazz
Jamie Cullum picks his favourite tracks from one of the most important decades in jazz.

The fifties saw the evolution of the music through bebop, cool jazz and hard bop; the emergence of stars and innovators like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins and Dave Brubeck; and it also saw the heyday of the great jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

In this show, Jamie picks some of his favourite tracks from the fifties and tells the stories of the men and women who made them.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Jamie Cullum, Producer/Karen Pearson for Folded Wing

**

3pm – 4pm
Art of Artists – 50s Stars
Russell Davies revisits The Art of Artists archive to celebrate some of the biggest names in music from the 1950s. Through archive interviews with Hank Marvin, Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdinck and Dame Vera Lynn, Russell showcases the wide musical variety of the decade.

Hank Marvin shares memories of learning the banjo while being influenced by early rock ‘n’ roll legends like Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, as well as early days working with Cliff Richard.

Petula Clark and Engelbert Humperdinck remember the beginnings of their recording careers during the decade, and Dame Vera Lynn explains how her career continued to flourish after her role as ‘The Force’s Sweetheart’ during the Second World War.

Russell weaves conversation alongside a soundtrack inspired by their careers.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Russell Davies, Producer/Sara Sesardic

**

4pm – 5pm
Richard Hawley
Fifties influenced singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Hawley delves into his record collection to bring listeners an hour of his favourite 50s nuggets – from the raucous to the rare.

Listeners will be able to tune in to 6Music to hear a longer version of this show on Sunday 10 April at 4pm.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Richard Hawley, Producer/Adam Dineen

**

5pm – 7pm
Huey Morgan – 50s Number Ones
Huey Morgan runs down some of the UK number one hits of the 1950s

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7pm – 8pm
Don Black’s 50s
Some of the happiest days of Don Black’s life were spent in Denmark Street in the Fifties. The street was better known as Tin Pan Alley and was once accurately called ‘two hundred yards of hokum.’ This was the centre of Britain’s thriving music industry and Don was there every day either working for the New Musical Express or one of the many music publishers that populated both sides of the street.

In this special programme, the multi-award winning lyricist recalls the many glittering stars and songwriters he rubbed shoulders with in those giddy unforgettable and very tuneful days.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Don Black, Producer/Terry Carter

**

8pm – 9pm
Bob Harris 50s Country
Bob Harris selects his favourite country tracks from the 50s, a decade when country music was dominated by artists including Webb Pierce, Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams and Kitty Wells.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Bob Harris, Producer/Mark Hagen

**

9pm – 10pm
The Hour The Music Died
“The Day the Music Died” is a well-used phrase to describe the tragedy that extinguished three bright stars from the rock ‘n’ roll firmament: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

This docu-drama sets out to establish what may have happened in the final fateful hour before their plane crashed on that freezing February night near Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959.
Detailed research by the writers Richard Ward and Colin Birch unearthed a wealth of first-hand recollections to guide the revealing and emotional.

The singers’ final hour covers the end of their tumultuous gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, the car journey to Mason City Municipal Airport through to boarding the hastily chartered Beechcraft Bonanza four-seat light aircraft. Who and why they chose to fly is documented in this bitter-sweet hour. The dialogue is interspersed with music from the three musicians as well as recreations of radio promos and reports of the time.

This programme was first heard on Radio 2 in 2009.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Producers/ Mik Wilkojc and Graham Pass for Apparatus Productions

**

10pm – 11pm
Song Stories : Mack the Knife
Andy Serkis takes a look at Mack the Knife, the second track under the spotlight in Radio 2’s Song Stories. It’s catchy, it swings and it’s instantly hummable. Few could mistake the opening notes of this smash hit, yet many would never dream that “Mack'” started life far removed from the glittering lights and dizzying heights of 1950s showbiz America.

Andy Serkis tells the phenomenal tale of how Mack moved from east to west, bad to good and a gritty tango to sugary pop. Listeners will hear from those who were there – Kurt Weills’ wife Lotte Lenya, George Avakian, who brought the song to Louis Armstrong, Ahmet Ertegun, who produced Bobby Darin’s rendition and his manager Steve Blauner.

Marianne Faithfull, Ute Lemper and Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) discuss what made them sing it; Alan Cumming talks about “being” Mack; and theatre composer Dominic Muldowney examines the different versions throughout the years and explains why Mack The Knife will be sticking around for a long time yet.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2011.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Andy Serkis, Producer/Amy McGarrigle

**

11pm – midnight
Little Richard : A Whop Bop A Lua – A Whop Bam Boom
Huey Morgan celebrates one of the most outrageous performers in the history of rock music and explains why he has been such a major influence on generations of musicians, from The Beatles to Bruno Mars.

Little Richard has always claimed to be “the architect of rock and roll”, and history would seem to bear out his boast.

The man who grew up in a very religious family as Richard Penniman began performing on stage in 1945, incorporating the high energy antics of preachers he witnessed in his local Pentecostal churches in to his stage routine.

When rock ‘n’ roll exploded in the 50s Little Richard led the way with his over-the-top gospel-style singing, with moans and screams, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally and Good Golly, Miss Molly defined the dynamic sound of rock `n’ roll.

This new music, which included an original injection of funk into the rock ‘n’ roll beat, inspired many of the greatest recording artists that followed. Paul McCartney said that he idolized Little Richard when he was in school and always wanted to sing like him, while Mick Jagger called him “the originator” and “my first idol.”

Bob Dylan performed Little Richard songs on piano as a schoolboy in his first band and declared in his high school yearbook in 1959 that his ambition was “to join Little Richard”. And in 1966, Jimi Hendrix, who recorded and performed with Penniman from 1964 to 1965 and began to emulate him in appearance, was quoted as saying, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice”.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2012.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Huey Morgan, Producer/Des Shaw for Ten Alps TV Ltd

**

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL

12pm – 1pm
Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green
Leo Green features the stories behind the songs and the singers who filled the early years of the charts that were launched in the 50s and produced hits in a huge array of styles.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Mark Simpson

**

1pm – 2pm
Imelda May
Irish jazz, blues and rockabilly singing star Imelda May plays a selection of 50s tracks which have influenced her musical direction and career.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Imelda May, Producer/Mark Hagen

**

2pm – 3pm
Iggy Pop’s 50s
Iggy Pop, ‘The Godfather of Punk’, brings a version of his BBC Radio 6 Music show to Radio 2 50s.

Iggy gives a stateside insight into the decade alongside his guest, the veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff. Listeners can catch up with a longer version of this show at bbc.co.uk/6music

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Iggy Pop, Producer/Adam Dineen

**

3pm – 4pm
Race with the Devil: The Gene Vincent Story
Gene Vincent is perhaps one of the first of the archetypal rock ‘n’ roll singers – his is a tragic story of excessive drink, drugs, women, fast motorbikes, horrific accidents and death at an early age.

He was only 36 when he died in 1971 from a ruptured stomach ulcer and his later years were not hugely successful in terms of his musical career – but those early years have ensured him a place amongst the greats of pop music. Songs like Woman Love, Bluejean Bop, Race with the Devil, Who Slapped John, Catman and of course Be-Bop-a-Lula have become classics and not just for Gene’s voice but for the musicianship of his band, the Blue Caps.

This programme, presented by Roger Daltrey, focusses on the late 50s, early 60s period and his influence on the British pop scene then and now. Musician interviewees include Eric Burdon, Ray Davies, Alvin Stardust, Fall frontman Mark E.Smith, Spencer Davis, guitarists Albert Lee and Adam Seymour, Doors drummer John Densmore, classic rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and Blue Caps Tommy Facenda and Dickie Harrell.

Family members to feature are Gene’s sister Tina Craddock and his daughter Sherri Vincent. There will also be extracts from Rex Weiner’s play, Be Bop a Lula, produced originally by Adam Ant and Lori Depp in various venues along Sunset Strip. The play, set in England in 1960, is about the relationship between Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on that last tour before Cochran’s accidental death. It stars Aaron DuPree as Gene Vincent and Chance Dean as Eddie Cochran.

There will also be an interview with biographer, John Collis, archive from Gene Vincent himself and some newly recorded tribute songs created by Sherri Vincent.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2009.

It is being shown as part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Roger Daltrey, Producer/Neil Rosser for Ladbroke Productions

**

4pm – 5pm
James Dean: The Last Ten Weeks
Everyone grapples for a fresh angle on the life and death of Hollywood actor James Dean, and here we have it in documents locked away for more than half a century.

Essays and hundreds of pictures by critically acclaimed photographer Sanford Roth have come to light giving us a new insight into the life of an icon.

Hollywood actor Robert Wagner tells the story of Roth’s short but intense friendship with Dean over the summer of 1955. Roth (his words brought to life by actor Michael Xavier) paints a unique picture of a young man who, to many, has remained an enigma for decades.

Roth – who had photographed all the greats of the era befriended the young Dean while taking the stills pictures for his third and ultimately final film Giant.

Dean was fascinated by Roth’s work and over the ten weeks leading up to his death on September 30 1955 would forge a strong bond with Sandy and his wife Beulah.

Roth photographed Dean at work and at play – and was with him on the day he died.

In this programme listeners will hear Roth’s reflections on Dean – his acting, his friendships, his clashes on set, his enthusiasms and passions, his ambitions, his frustrations – and from it we can perhaps imagine what might have become of James Dean had he lived.

To paint a full picture of the young Dean that summer 60 years ago, the programme also hears from his young cousin Marcus Winslow Jnr, from his best friend Lew Bracker, from fellow racing enthusiast Bruce Kessler and from his Giant co-stars Jane Withers and Carrol Baker. There are contributions from Francesca Robinson Sanchez who was left Sanford Roth’s Dean Collection and from British film producer David Puttnam who was inspired by Dean.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in 2005.

It is being shown as part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Producer/Ashley Byrne for Made in Manchester

**

5pm – 6pm
Len Goodman – On the Air
Strictly judge Len Goodman enjoyed a happy childhood and teenage years growing up in 1950s London.

Pride of place in the Goodman living room was the radiogram – a fine piece of furniture with a cocktail cabinet on one side (for entertaining the neighbours) and a gramophone and radio on the other. After school Len would come home and play records on the gramophone. But it was the names on the radio dial that fascinated young Len – Luxembourg, Hilversum, Moscow, Vatican – faraway magical places.

Then, of course, there was the BBC Home, Light, and Third Programmes and Overseas Service. The arrival of commercial radio was still a good 20 years away – so the BBC had our full attention when it came to home listening.

Len Goodman, with the help of the BBC Archives and some back copies of the Radio Times, remembers the radio shows and stars on the 1950s. The programme includes memories of Jack Jackson, Two Way Favourites, Mantovani, Semprini, Music While You Work, Take It From Here and Educating Archie.

In Len’s second programme for Radio 2 50s he’ll take a look the television shows and stars of the decade.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2.

It is being shown as part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Len Goodman, Producer/Bridget Apps

**

6pm – 8pm
Friday Night is the Music – Fabulous Films of the 50s
As part of BBC Music’s ‘My Generation’ season, Friday Night Is Music Night presents a programme celebrating the fabulous film scores of the fifties.

Among the movies featuring tonight are ‘Ben Hur’, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ and ‘Singin in the Rain’ and some of the songs include ‘Who Wants To be A Millionaire’ from ‘High Society’, ‘The Deadwood Stage’ from ‘Calamity Jane’ and ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ from the Marilyn Monroe classic ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’.

Jazz singer Joe Stilgoe and West End star Louise Dearman join BBC Radio 2’s ‘Sound of the 50s’ presenter Leo Green and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Michael England, for this special edition recorded at the Hackney Empire.

Producer/Anthony Cherry

**

8pm – 9pm
Desmond Carrington 50s Special – Side 2
Desmond Carrington continues his regular 50s Nights on BBC Radio 2 with a special “Side 2”, containing an eclectic collection of the stars from the most diverse of all decades of popular music. It was a time when Desmond was in his twenties and working hard in both radio and television.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2. It is being shown as part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

Presenter/Desmond Carrington, Producer/Dave Aylott for Foldback Media Ltd

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL

10am – 11am
Bill Kenwright’s 50s Golden Years
Bill Kenwright plays some of his favourite tracks from his golden years of the fifties. Expect to hear a story song, an amazing b-side and of course something from The King.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Bill Kenwright, Producer/Fiona Day

**

11am – midday
Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde was a rock ’n’ roll pioneer in the late 50s as part of the very first generation of Pop Stars.

He was discovered by impresario Larry Parnes at London’s Condor Club in 1957, when he was just 17.

Between 1958 and 1962 Marty had 13 consecutive hit records including Endless Sleep, Donna, Teenager in Love, Sea Of Love and Bad Boy. He appeared on the ground breaking 50s TV shows Oh Boy, Boy Meets Girl and Six Five Special and shared his passion for music with contemporaries including Billy Fury, Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard.

Marty went on to give Justin Hayward his first break in The Wilde Three, wrote for Lulu, The Casuals, Status Quo and with his daughter Kim, who sold millions of records in the 1980s.

In his show on Radio 2 50s, Marty will be sharing many of his unique anecdotes alongside favourite artists from the decade that first made him a star.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.
Presenter/Marty Wilde, Producer/Mark Simpson

**

12pm – 1pm
Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green
As well as the mainstream charts, the 50s celebrated Blues, Rhythm & Blues and Soul music with their own charts. And in this programme presenter Leo Green plays the hits by the music of the kings and queens on the genres, as well as recalling their lives and stories behind their music.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Mark Simpson

**

1pm – 2pm
Sheila Hancock – Hancock’s Whole Hour
Award-winning actress and writer Sheila Hancock looks back on her time in rep and starting out in films during the 50s – with her own special guests and the music she remembers being the soundtrack to her decade.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Sheila Hancock, Producer/Mark Sandell

**

2pm – 3pm
Clare Teal’s Big Band Ballroom
Clare delves into the vast array of big band sounds from the 1950s picking out the fabulous hi-fi sound of Count Basie with April in Paris, Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll, Ted Heath’s Hot Toddy and Stan Kenton and Nat King Cole with Orange Coloured Sky.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Clare Teal, Producer/Cali Snook

**

3pm – 5pm
Huey Morgan – 50s Number Ones
Huey Morgan runs down all the UK number one hits of the 1950s

**

5pm – 6pm
Mark Radcliffe’s 50s Folk
Mark Radcliffe presents classic music from the start of the folk revival.

During the 1950s, folk music surged in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. Folk clubs and record labels in New York and London led the movement, connecting young people with their musical heritage and making serious political statements.

In the UK, Ewan MacColl founded his ‘Ballads and Blues’ club and alongside characters like A.L. Lloyd (Bert Lloyd) he helped nurture a scene that would blossom and grow for more than 20 years, and continues to exist today.

For many, the skiffle craze of 1956-58 was a gateway to folk. Glasgow musician Lonnie Donegan helped start the phenomenon with his 1955 hit ‘Rock Island Line’ – the first record certified Gold in Britain, and a top ten single in the States. Folk acts like Martin Carthy were among those swept up by the craze.

Political aspects of the folk revival led to controversy and serious drama. In America, The Weavers (including Pete Seeger) were hugely popular before being blacklisted by the US government for having Communist sympathies. In 1955 they reunited for a famous concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, that was recorded for a classic album.

Paul Robeson, the singer, actor and civil-rights activist was similarly banned from working in America; in 1956 he released a version of worker’s anthem ‘Joe Hill’ via Topic Records in the UK. The song was later covered by Joan Baez, The Dubliners and Bruce Springsteen.

Classic folk recordings from the 1950s include those by Isla Cameron, Shirley Collins, Odetta, and The Kingston Trio. The BBC’s influential Radio Ballads, with songs by MacColl and Peggy Seeger, came at the end of the decade.

Join Mark Radcliffe as he celebrates a remarkable time in the history of folk music.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Mark Radcliffe, Producer/Jon Lewis for Smooth Ops

**

6pm – 7pm
Stuart Maconie’s Fifties Freakier Zone
Stuart Maconie brings his BBC 6 Music show to Radio 2 50s, as he looks at the alternative music of the 1950s, from the modal jazz of John Coltrane to the beginnings of minimalism and the pioneering work of John Cage.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone broadcasts every Sunday at 8pm and Stuart Maconie’s Freakier Zone broadcasts every Sunday at midnight on 6Music.

Presenter/Stuart Maconie, Producer/Rebecca Gaskell

**

7pm – 8pm
Life with Lucy & Desi
Mariella Frostrup explains how husband and wife team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz helped redefine American television in the 1950s and 60s – artistically, technically and geographically.

Together they formed Desilu productions, and their TV show I Love Lucy became one of the most successful TV shows of all time. They pioneered a number of methods still in use today and were instrumental in relocating TV production from New York to LA, where it has remained. They purchased the old RKO studios in Hollywood and turned it into the Desilu production centre which created The Untouchables, The Dick van Dyke Show, Mission: Impossible, I Spy and Star Trek amongst many other notable series. Lucy eventually bought out Desi and became one of the first female studio heads.

In 1960, Lucy and Desi divorced and I Love Lucy series came to an end. Lucy and Desi remained close friends right up until Desi died in 1986. Lucy’s TV comedy series continued in the form of The Lucy Show (1962–68) and Here’s Lucy (1968–74) which featured her two real life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jnr. More recently, I Love Lucy was named the Greatest TV Series by Hall of Fame Magazine.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

This programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in 2009.

Presenter/Mariella Frostrup, Producer/Graham Pass and Mik Wilkojc for Ping Productions

**

8pm – 9pm
Len Goodman – On the Box
Strictly judge Len Goodman enjoyed a happy childhood and teenage years growing up in 1950s London.

In this second programme for the Radio 2 Fifties season Len turns his attention to television and recalls some of the favourite TV stars and programmes of the decade.

Though television was still in its infancy it was an era rich in ideas and formats – some of which still survive to this day. By the time of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 more than a million homes had a TV set. No remote controls nor recorders or catch ups – 1950s set needed a good two minutes to warm up before people got to see a picture.

The programme includes memories of Billy Cotton Band Show, Joyce Grenfell, Eamonn Andrews, Six Five Special, Dixon of Dock Green, Juke Box Jury and Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Len Goodman, Producer/Bridget Apps

SUNDAY 17TH APRIL

11am – midday
Steve Wright’s 50s Love songs
Steve Wright plays some favourite love songs from the 1950s, with dedications and real-life romance stories.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Steve Wright, Producer/Graham Albans

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12pm – 1pm
Sounds of the 50s with Leo Green
In the third part of this special show for Radio 2 50s, Leo Green celebrates the lives and work of the founders of rock ‘n’ roll; artists who gave us so many of the musical foundations upon which pop music has been built.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Mark Simpson

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1pm – 2pm
Michael Ball meets Doris Day
Michael Ball celebrates the career of the legendary Doris Day – hearing from some of her leading men and the whip-crack-away girl herself, who chats to Michael from her Californian home.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Michael’s interview with Doris was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in XXXXXXX.

Presenter/Michael Ball

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2pm – 3pm
Paul Jones 50s R & B
Paul plays some of the most important blues artists of the 1950s.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Paul Jones, Producer/Bob McDowall

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3pm – 4pm
Gary Williams – The Art of the Crooner
Big band and cabaret singer Gary Williams focusses on the 50s crooner, exploring the voices, styles and repertoire of a group of artists which included Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Matt Monro.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Gary Williams, Producer/Anthony Cherry

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4pm – 5pm
Sinatra in the UK
Leo Green tells the little known story of Sinatra’s 1953 tour of the UK.

Smarting from his failed marriage to Ava Gardner, his tax problems and worried about how his comeback movie ‘From Here To Eternity’ would be received, Sinatra spent two months in England and Scotland often playing to small audiences. People who saw the shows remember half empty houses but some brilliant live performances.

The programme features archive 1953 recordings from BBC Radio’s ‘Show Band Show’ and an unofficial tape from the Blackpool Opera House.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in November 2015.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Leo Green, Producer/Trevor Dann for Trevor Dann’s Company Ltd

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5pm- 6pm
Suzi Quatro
Hollywood star and rock ‘n’ roll performer Suzi remembers the cream of female singing stars of the 1950s including music from Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Washington, the Poni-Tails, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds and Dodie Stevens.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

This programme was first broadcast on Radio 2 in February 2010.

Presenter/Suzi Quatro

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6pm – 7pm
Nick Stewart – Inside Track
Music industry veteran Nick Stewart looks at the business of the music industry in the 1950s, a decade which saw the launch of the first UK singles chart.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Presenter/Nick Stewart, Producer/Anthony Cherry

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7pm – 8pm
The Eddie Cochran Story
Listeners are being given another chance to hear Joe Brown present a tribute to Eddie Cochran, 56 years after he was killed in a car accident.

Eddie met his tragically early death in Wiltshire, aged only 21. Although it’s startling how much he had achieved in his short life, his glittering future was snatched away on the night of 17 April 1960.

The list of his admirers is a long one and includes Rod Stewart, Marc Bolan, The Who, the Beach Boys and the Sex Pistols – all of whom have recorded his songs over the years. Eddie’s career was brief but his influence and popularity have been long lasting. His reputation as a founding father of rock ‘n’ roll music was confirmed when he was chosen as one of the first stars to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

The programme features comments from admirers Robert Plant and George Harrison, guitarist and Cochran biographer Darrel Higham, rock historian Rob Finnis, British rock ‘n’ rollers Vince Eager and Marty Wilde, and Eddie’s recording engineer at Goldstar Studios, Stan Ross.

Plus there are archive interviews with Eddie Cochran from programmes in the USA, Australia and in the UK (BBC Radio’s Saturday Club and the TV programme Boy Meets Girls), plus rock ‘n’ roll classics: Somethin’ Else, Summertime Blues, C’Mon Everybody. Twenty Flight Rock, and Three Steps To Heaven.

This programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in February 2009.

This show is part of BBC Music: My Generation – a year-long landmark season of programming across BBC TV, Radio and Online charting the history of pop music across the decades, from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s through the memories of the people who were there. The season launches in April with a look at the decade of music from the mid-50s to mid-60s.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 2 is broadcasting Radio 2 50s, a pop-up DAB service on air from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 April, which will celebrate the music and culture of the 1950s.

Producer/ Kevin Howlett / Howlett Media Productions

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