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Ray Connolly Rock N Roll Changed My Life part 2

Ray Connolly Rock N Roll Changed My Life part 2

Playing tracks by

Harry Nilsson, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Jefferson Airplane, Dolly Parton, Peter Maxwell Davies & Ray Connolly and more.

Ray charts his life in music, and the songs that inspired him.

Ray Connolly grew up in Ormskirk, near Liverpool, amidst the heady days of Rock ‘N’ Roll. During the halcyon days of the summer of 1967, Ray began writing his own music column for The London Evening Standard. He interviewed almost all of the luminaries in the world of contemporary ‘Pop’, ‘Rock’, and ‘Soul’. This experience shaped his life. He went on to write screenplays (for David Puttnam) that reflected the ‘Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ - to quote a famous ‘Mott The Hoople’ song. ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Stardust’, ‘James Dean The First American Teenager’, and ‘Forever Young’ were all made between 1973 and 1983. Ray went on to write for TV, Radio, The Sunday Times, and The Mail On Sunday. He also wrote novels. Ray recently had a front page exclusive in The Sunday Times re: ‘The Beatles Unseen and Unheard’ (06.09.09). Ray continues to write.
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Henry Scott

This radio show will transmit again on Radio Scarborough online on Saturday 21st August at 18.00 and repeat on Thursday 26th August at 21. 00.Ray Connolly charts his life in music, and the songs that inspired him.

Ray Connolly grew up in Ormskirk, near Liverpool, amidst the heady days of Rock ‘N’ Roll. During the halcyon days of the summer of 1967, Ray began writing his own music column for The London Evening Standard. He interviewed almost all of the luminaries in the world of contemporary ‘Pop’, ‘Rock’, and ‘Soul’. This experience shaped his life.

He famously went on to write screenplays for producers Sandy Leiberson and David Puttnam that reflected the ‘Golden Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ - to quote a famous ‘Mott The Hoople’ song. ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Stardust’, ‘James Dean The First American Teenager’, and ‘Forever Young’ were all made between 1973 and 1983. Ray went on to write for TV, BBC Radio 4, Sunday Times, and Mail On Sunday. He also wrote several novels.

Ray had a front page exclusive in The Sunday Times: ‘The Beatles Unseen and Unheard’ 06.09.09. Ray's connections with The Beatles have been lifelong. Many of his interviews with the Beatles are collected in his eBook The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive while other interviews are collected in Stardust Memories – Talking About My Generation. He was due to interview John Lennon on the day the ex-Beatle was murdered, an event he wrote about in the BBC radio play Unimaginable. In 2018, he published a biography of the Beatle Being John Lennon – A Restless Life.

In 2020 Ray Connolly contracted COVID-19, and spent almost six months in hospital, including 103 days in intensive care, an experience he turned into the BBC Radio 4 play Devoted. It was broadcast in March 2021 to much critical acclaim.

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