Ian Dury At The BBC

Ian Dury, who died of cancer at the age of 57 in March 2000, was a true original on the British music scene.

With the Blockheads, he successfully combined the energy and excitement of rock'n'roll and funk with the bawdy humour, wit and home-spun philosophy of the music hall and of his native Essex.

Coming out of art college he formed Kilburn and the High Roads in 1971, but was written off by record labels as a pub act.

Then in 1977, Stiff records signed him.

Surfing on the wave of the newly invigorated post-punk British music scene, he embarked on the now legendary Stiff tours alongside Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Wreckless Eric.

Ian Dury and the Blockheads went on to have five Top Ten hits and two hit albums.

Ian Dury was the most articulate of pop stars, by turns poetic, witty and cheeky, he was frequently asked to appear on television and radio.

He charmed and delighted interviewers and audiences.

In Ian Dury at the BBC, writer and composer Paul Dodgson presents the best of Ian's contributions to the BBC archive.

The result is a rich and varied biography of the singer's life, ranging from reminiscences of his Essex childhood and early days as an art student, through appearances in radio drama productions, descriptions of literary heroes, off-beat poetry readings and stories from his life.

It includes accounts of his first love - 'the first time I saw curly curliness under the arms', his desire to be a better singer and from one of his last interviews, his courage and fortitude when battling cancer.

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Ian Dury, who died of cancer at the age of 57 in March 2000, was a true original on the British music scene.

With the Blockheads, he successfully combined the energy and excitement of rock'n'roll and funk with the bawdy humour, wit and home-spun philosophy of the music hall and of his native Essex.

Coming out of art college he formed Kilburn and the High Roads in 1971, but was written off by record labels as a pub act.

Then in 1977, Stiff records signed him.

Surfing on the wave of the newly invigorated post-punk British music scene, he embarked on the now legendary Stiff tours alongside Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Wreckless Eric.

Ian Dury and the Blockheads went on to have five Top Ten hits and two hit albums.

Ian Dury was the most articulate of pop stars, by turns poetic, witty and cheeky, he was frequently asked to appear on television and radio.

He charmed and delighted interviewers and audiences.

In Ian Dury at the BBC, writer and composer Paul Dodgson presents the best of Ian's contributions to the BBC archive.

The result is a rich and varied biography of the singer's life, ranging from reminiscences of his Essex childhood and early days as an art student, through appearances in radio drama productions, descriptions of literary heroes, off-beat poetry readings and stories from his life.

It includes accounts of his first love - 'the first time I saw curly curliness under the arms', his desire to be a better singer and from one of his last interviews, his courage and fortitude when battling cancer.