11 episodes

‘Unsung Heroes’ is a podcast hosted by British songwriter, musician and record producer RICKY WILDE (who along with sister KIM WILDE has been responsible for over 10 million album sales and 20 million singles sales), award winning EASTENDERS actor JAKE WOOD (who already hosts his own number one boxing podcast POUND FOR POUND) and LEE BENNETT, host of smash hit music blog TEASES AND DARES. 
Each week they will be chatting with world class hit songwriters, the UNSUNG HEROES, to discover what, in their view, makes a hit record. They will be finding out where the inspiration behind their most successful hits came from and how the musical ideas came about, talking in detail about the whole writing and recording process. 

RICKY WILDE'S UNSUNG HEROES WITH JAKE WOOD & LEE BENNETT WILDEWOOD PRODUCTIONS

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‘Unsung Heroes’ is a podcast hosted by British songwriter, musician and record producer RICKY WILDE (who along with sister KIM WILDE has been responsible for over 10 million album sales and 20 million singles sales), award winning EASTENDERS actor JAKE WOOD (who already hosts his own number one boxing podcast POUND FOR POUND) and LEE BENNETT, host of smash hit music blog TEASES AND DARES. 
Each week they will be chatting with world class hit songwriters, the UNSUNG HEROES, to discover what, in their view, makes a hit record. They will be finding out where the inspiration behind their most successful hits came from and how the musical ideas came about, talking in detail about the whole writing and recording process. 

    WILDE WINTER SONGBOOK

    WILDE WINTER SONGBOOK

    Lee Bennet chats with Kim and Ricky Wilde about the classic Christmas album ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ they recorded back in 2013, and has since been rereleased in various packages almost every Xmas since, this one (2020) included. The trio chat about every song on the album, and the inspiration and stories behind them.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    TONY SWAIN

    TONY SWAIN

    Rick and Jake chat with Tony Swain about his early days as a cameraman at Elstree.. where he met fellow musician Steve Jolley, before them going on to write and produce huge hits for Imagination, Bananarama and Alf Moyet. Tony talks about producing the smash hits with Spandau Ballet, including 'True' and 'Gold'. Rick and Tony talk about their collaboration with the 'Close' album which they produced for sister Kim. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zxYECkvj4RQLbtGvRFp82?si=_V8OaFvRSK6S9nWsFcqQ9A
     
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    GRAHAM GOULDMAN AND GRAEME PLEETH

    GRAHAM GOULDMAN AND GRAEME PLEETH

    Rick, Sean Vincent, Jake and Lee are joined by songwriter and artist Graham Gouldman and Graeme Pleeth. Graham talks about his days in supergroup 10CC, and later his collaborations with fellow legend Andrew Gold under the name of WAX. Graeme talks about his collaboration with Graham and the smash hit 'Feels So Good' that he wrote with Sonique. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1gnCSYLgdMNwjNDFjby0QZ?si=VjBrSdwgQOOYA7GlKtTq5A
     
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    • 43 min
    NIK KERSHAW AND L'AVENUE PART 2

    NIK KERSHAW AND L'AVENUE PART 2

    Legendary singersongwriter Nik Kershaw and Jesse Reuben Wilson (otherwise known as synth outfit L'Avenue).. chat with Rick and Lee about how they write and record, and talk in detail about the whole process. Nik talks about the amazing times back in the 80's, and his LIVE AID performance. This is part 2 of 2.


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    • 41 min
    NIK KERSHAW AND L'AVENUE PART 1

    NIK KERSHAW AND L'AVENUE PART 1

    Legendary singersongwriter Nik Kershaw and Jesse Reuben Wilson (otherwise known as synth outfit L'Avenue).. chat with Rick and Lee about how they write and record, and talk in detail about the whole process. Nik talks about the amazing times back in the 80's, and his LIVE AID performance. This is part 1 of 2.


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    • 52 min
    GRACE LIGHTMAN AND BELOUIS SOME

    GRACE LIGHTMAN AND BELOUIS SOME

    Amazing new singer/songwriter Grace Lightman chats with Rick and Lee about her sensational debut concept album 'Silver Eater', going through the writing and recording process with the guys, and explaining how the idea came about to write it. In this episode, Rick also chats with Neville Keighley from 80's band Belouis Some, where Neville explains how he persuaded David Bowie's band to play on his smash hit 'Imagination' in New York! Rick also talks about the Wilde Charity Ball that he hosts bi-yearly with his wife Mandy, explaining the reasons why they do it, and what they are trying to achieve. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5hWq31PZ3hJToVxUYdqOIf?si=DOGq00SNTmSiwUniIuPnzw
     
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

I am bossymossy ,

Will be tunning in each week

Love the podcast! Keep up the good work guys. 😄

paulmumford ,

A great start

One episode in and I’ll come back for more. Felt it needed a little editing but some interesting stories regardless. Well worth a listen.

mediamaffia ,

Insightful behind the scenes

I love reading and listening about the songwriting process, & all that goes into creating an album. This is a great listen & made by one of my long time favourite songwriters. Can’t wait to see who else pops in for a chat! I grew up in the late 80s as big fan of Kim and Ricky’s music. I have always been interested in album credits (producers/writers etc). If only my 14 year old self could have heard this back then 😄 Fan-tastic series and very inspiring!

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