Rockers Rollin’ with John & Gillie Coghlan

Since August 2013 on selected bank holidays, John and Gillie have presented their own show on BBC Radio Oxford. They play some of their favourite songs and share memories and stories with friends and guests from the music industry.

Their guests have included some of John’s Status Quo buddies; Alan Lancaster, Francis Rossi and Bob Young. They have also included such esteemed rock legends like Noddy Holder and Bernie Marsden.

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John & Gillie’s studio guests are:

Founding member and lead singer of the Pretty Things, Phil May.

Status Quo’s Ex-Roadie, former tour manager and co-writer of many classic Quo hits such as “Caroline”, “Paper Plane” and “Down Down”…. The legendary Bob Young.

Listen Here   Originally aired: 26 August 2013   Length: 39 minutes

John & Gillie’s studio guests are:

Keith Altham, PR Guru, author, interviewer, broadcaster… the list goes on…

John “Rhino” Edwards, the bass player with the iconic Status Quo.

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   Originally aired: 31 December 2013  Length: 38 minutes

John & Gillie’s studio guests are:

Multi-instrumentalist musician from Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull and record producer, Maart Allcock

Drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and record producer and most famously the drummer from The Shadows, Brian Bennett.

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   Originally aired: 18 April 2014  Length: 38 minutes

John & Gillie’s studio guests are:

The “British Queen of Blues”, the legendary singer, Elkie Brooks.

The front man, vocalist and lead guitarist of Status Quo, Francis Rossi.

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   Originally aired: 25 August 2014  Length: 38 minutes

John & Gillie’s studio guests are:

We include more from the interview with Status Quo’s front man, the grand old man of rock and roll himself, Francis Rossi

The unmistakable voice of Slade, the great Noddy Holder.

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   Originally aired: 24 December 2014  Length: 37 minutes

Part 1: Gillie and John Coghlan talk to Bernie Marsden about Cozy Powell, the Wimbledon Tennis players band & other friends.

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Originally aired: 6 April 2015   Length: 15 minutes

Part 2: Gillie and John Coghlan talk to Noddy Holder about The Who, Yes, The Marquee Club and the early days of Slade.

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Originally aired: 6 April 2015   Length: 13 minutes

Part 3: Gillie Coghlan chats to Dale & Alan Lancaster about song writing, the early days of Quo, plus when John and Alan left the band.

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Originally aired: 6 April 2015   Length: 18 minutes

John and Gillie continue their chat with ex Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden

Clem Cattini The most prolific Drummer, who originally drummed with the Tornadoes and also played on hundreds of recordings by numerous artists such as; Jeff Beck, Lou Reed, Joe Cocker and The Kinks.

Ed Bicknell Agent representing Elton John, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash. Managing the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry and Dire Straits.

Originally aired: 31 August 2015   Length: 35 minutes

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John and Gillie continue their conversations with Drummers Ed Bicknell and Clem Cattini. Ed Bicknell is the man who famously “discovered” Mark Knopfler. Clem was a member of The Tornadoes before becoming one of the greatest session drummers of all time.

Originally aired: 29 December 2015   Length: 48 minutes

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Rockers Rollin’ 9

Listen to previously unheard bits of Gillie & John Coghlan’s interviews with Bob Young, Phil May, Keith Altham, Rhino Edwards, Brian Bennett, Elkie Brooks, & Noddy Holder

Originally aired: 23 April 2016  Length: 42 minutes

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Gillie & John Coghlan chat to Manfred Mann’s Tom McGuinness and Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw & Billy Mitchell.

Originally aired: 28 May 2016  Length: 42 minutes

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On Boxing day, Gillie & John Coghlan spoke to Ray Laidlaw & Billy Mitchell from Lindisfarne and rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones.

Originally aired: 26 December 2016  Length: 40 minutes

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Gillie, John Coghlan and friends share memories of Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt, who sadly passed away on December 24 2016.

Guests Bob Young, Don Powell, Andy Scott, Alan Lancaster, Alan G Parker & his son Rick Parfitt Jr. remember Rick and play their favourite Quo tracks

Originally aired: 1 May 2017  Length: 49 minutes

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Minehead Convention Specials

These episodes feature content from the recent Status Quo Fan Club Convention in Butlins, Minehead, plus guests Yvonne Hanvey, Jackie Lynton, Mick Wall, Rick Parfitt Jnr, Russ Chad, Andy Flemmings, Bob Young, Mickey Moody and Alan Lancaster.

Originally aired: 26th & 27th December 2017  Length: 64 & 60 minutes

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Extra chat with Neil Murray and Bruce Welch

Gillie & John Coghlan, the original drummer with Status Quo, chat to Neil Murray from Whitesnake and Shadow’s guitarist Bruce Welch. This iPlayer exclusive version contains extra chat edited out of the original show. Please note that due to copyright restrictions, most of the music has been removed.

Originally aired: 3 June 2018 Length: 64 minutes

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Extra Chat with Bruce Welch and Andy Scott

Hear more of Gillie & John Coghlan’s chat with The Shadows, Bruce Welch and Andy Scott from Sweet. Lots more stories of their time on the road, their careers and the meet ups along the way with John in Status Quo, and other bands. Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, most of the music has been edited out of this version of the show.

Originally aired: 29 September 2018 Length: 53 minutes

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