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Then and Now – listen again

Listen again to this special extra show from Xanthe Bearman!

Deacon Blue are a Scottish pop rock band. The bands second album, 1989’s “When the World Knows Your Name”, was the band’s most commercially successful, reaching No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart and generating five UK top 30 hits.

Fergus Sings the Blues (1989)
The Believers (2016)

David Bowie was an singer, songwriter and actor who is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists

Space Oddity (1969)
Lazarus (2016)

Sir Rod Stewart, CBE has sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Rod Stewart started his career with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with Faces.

Maggie May (1971)
Didn’t I (2018)

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song “I Got You Babe” reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide.

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves (1971)
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight) (2018)

Sir Paul McCartney gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for Beatles, After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda.

Jet (1973)
Come On to Me (2018)

Shakin’ Stevens, is a platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter. His recording and performing career began in the late 1960s, although it was not until 1980 that his commercial success began.

Green Door (1981)
Last Man Alive (2016)

Kim Wilde: pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter. In 1998 she started Landscape gardening and wrote two books Gardening with Children and The First-Time Gardener.

Kids in America (1981)
Kandy Krush (2018)

Culture Club: With Boy George on lead vocals they are considered one of the most representative and influential groups of the 1980s. They are touring in the UK from November. Go to for dates.

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (1982)
Let Somebody Love You (2018)

Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid-1980s. having had 15 singles reach the UK top ten including “One Step Beyond”, “Baggy Trousers” and “It Must Be Love”

Driving In My Car (1982)
Mr Apples (2016)

Spandau Ballet was formed in 1976. As lead singer Tony Hadley enjoyed international success in the 1980s, including hits such as “True”, “Gold” and “Through the Barricades”, as well as appearing at Live Aid in 1985.

Gold (1983)
Tonight Belongs to Us (2018)

Rick Astley had a #1 hit in 1987 with “Never Gonna Give You Up”. In 2016 Rick released his album “50” which reached number one, and he has a new album out now called “Beautiful Life”

Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)
Beautiful Life (2018)

All Saints were founded by members Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Simone Rainford. After Simone Rainford left the group, sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton joined.

Never Ever (1997)
After All (2018)

Sir Elton John has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. Elton has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s and in 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Philadelphia Freedom (1975)
A Good Heart (2016)

ABC formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their lead singer is Martin Fry who was made an honorary
Doctor of Music at the University of Sheffield for his contribution of more than 30 years to music.

When Smokey Sings (1987)
The Flames of Desire (2016)

Kylie Minogue gained recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Her latest album Golden was released in April 2018, debuting at No. 1 in the UK and Australia.

Hand on Your Heart (1989)
Dancing (2018)

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