Johnnie Walker Sounds Of The 70’s – White Rock Theatre Hastings 20th February 2020

Johnnie Walker’s long-running BBC Radio 2 show is set to tour the UK in 2020 featuring a full live band. Following the success this year of Tony Blackburn’s Sounds of the 60s live tour, which has enjoyed a long run of sold out performances across the UK, legendary DJ Johnnie Walker will take BBC Radio 2’s popular Sounds of the 70s radio show on the road in 2020

More information and tickets…

Clive Garrard… Is Johnnie still having evenings talking about his autobiography? I would love to go to one of them,as I really enjoyed his autobiography.

Alan Esdaile… I have read it as well Clive. Its a good read.


Johnnie Walker’s Top 10 70s Tunes.

post suggested by Jim Breeds.



Jim Breeds… I love this man’s Sunday afternoon Sounds of the Seventies radio 2 show, but I don’t think this is a particularly strong list? On the other hand I guess we’d all pick a list that means something to us but not necessarily to others.

Patrick Lewis… Not a bad selection but like most 70’s music fans I could do at least two alternative lists if not more.

Jim Breeds…. Yes Pat, it would depend on which day I was asked, I suspect!

Alan Esdaile… I also really like Johnny Walker. I remember his records of the week were always ones I loved. The problem with this list Jim is they are all great songs but they have all been over played.

Jim Breeds…  Good point Alan! Maybe that’s why it didn’t particularly connect with me.

Jane Hartley… I like most of his list, but mine would probably be concentrated on early 70’s. As you say, it would change on my mood, but would still mean something to me personally!

Andre Martin… I remember him back when he first started with the Pirates and how he stayed with them for a long while after the MOA came into being. He is the one person who could ever replace Brian Matthews as somebody who know and loves his music. Great to hear him still going well on his 70s show.

Jane Hartley… Too true, I think he did it when Brian was off for a while.

Andre Martin… Yes a few years back, he also stood in for the breakfast show for a while Mon -Fri and he was just great, that has to be some 6/7 years ago when I used to Drive to Lewes in the early morning.

Colin Bell… It was listening to JW on Caroline that first made me want to be a dj. He played ‘Say You Don’t Mind’ by Denny Laine 3 times in a row because he loved it so much! (its my all time favourite single) You wouldn’t get freedom like that on the radio nowadays! Long may he continue.

Andre Martin… I can top this and I know that CB will laugh, DorisTroy great Hit Ill do Anything, he played on Caroline I think it was non-stop for over an hour one Sunday Morning, that was pure heaven for a while, then it became just a little too much even for a devoted fan !!

Colin Bell… Yes that made me smile Andre! All JW needs is to add Alan’s old favourite Chris Farlowe singing ‘Handbag and Gladrags to Denny Laine and Doris Troy and he’s got a 2 hour show!………..

Andre Martin… That would be a classic, how about Chris Farlowe dueting with the writer Mike D’abo !!

Jim Breeds… Who remembers “Pop The Question” on Radio 1 on his lunchtime shows?


The Spirit Of Radio Caroline – Kevin Carlyon

Radio Caroline was the first and last ‘pirate’ radio ship broadcasting from the International Waters of the North Sea from 1964 to 1990. Their first ship, the Mi Amigo sank in vicious weather in 1980. They returned in 1983 from the ex Icelandic trawler The Ross Revenge and broadcast until 1990 when the ship run aground on the Goodwin Sands. The ship was refloated and impounded by the Dover Port Authority. Fans raised the money to purchase the ship and it now broadcasts legally every now and again on one month Restricted Service Licenses from its anchorage in Rochester.

Caroline also broadcasts legally on satellite as well as on the internet at

DJs aboard the Ross Revenge have all at some stage reported strange phenomena so here comes Kev the Witch!

Johnny Mason comments..My favourite dj of that era was Johnnie Walker, this will bring back a few memories