Elton John to host special Radio 2 show

BBC Radio 2 has secured Elton John for a two hour special show on August Bank Holiday Monday.

He’ll play his own personal choice of songs, hand-picked a playlist from some of his favourite artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse.

Build up to Elton’s show starts on Wednesday 22 August with The Trevor Nelson Soul Show: Elton Special which delves into the more soulful side of star. On Thursday 23, Jo Whiley presents an In Concert special, giving listeners another chance to hear Sir Elton John’s Red Piano Show, recorded at London’s 02 Arena and packed with hits from the legendary singer-songwriter’s career.

Elton@thebeeb features a compilation of Elton’s performances for the BBC across his career on Friday 24 and on Saturday 25 Paul Gambaccini presents an Elton John-themed America’s Greatest Hits.

On Sunday 26, Terry Wogan is joined by singer Kiki Dee, who will be performing her No.1 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, recorded with Elton back in 1976, live on the show.

Elaine Paige then looks back at Elton’s theatrical writing career, with shows including Billy Elliot and The Lion King.

And on bank holiday Monday evening hear Johnnie Walker looking back at the recording, making and results of the ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album in Johnnie Walker’s Long Players.

Mark Hagen, Executive Producer, BBC Radio 2, says: “Working with Sir Elton John has been a real joy and we are delighted to be hosting such a special season of programmes on BBC Radio 2. Elton is a real core artist for Radio 2, and an absolute favourite with the listeners so to have him host a show is a match made in heaven.”

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 3:20 am by RadioToday

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