Playing tracks by
CHRIS THOMPSON and NIGHT.
Chris Thompson returned to the UK from New Zealand in the mid-1970s and joined Manfred Mann's Earth Band. He sang on some of that band's best-known "hits" including 'Blinded By The Light" (1977) and "Runner", a song used by the ABC Network in the USA as a theme for their Summer Olympics coverage in 1984.
Away from Manfred Mann's Earth Band he pursued a solo and session-based career, working with the likes of Steve Hackett, Brian May, Alan Parsons and, from 2000, with his own band.
In 2014 he released his latest studio album ''Toys And Dishes', and several tracks appeared on the 2015 2-CD set 'Jukebox - The Ultimate Collection' which is pretty much the definitive compilation trawling a 40-year period including many of Chris' career highlights and live tracks.
In this hour special he chats to David Randall about his career.
First broadcast 22.02.15