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But soothing instrumental light music, middle of the road classics, and a weekly soap opera were the mainstay when the station opened in By the late 60s, the Light Programme established after the war, was beginning to show signs of age. Part of the audience was demanding something new. How could you conceive of a new station from scratch, what would it sound like? For young people in the old service was a turn off, BBC surveys of the time proved that. It sounded stuffy so pop music moved to Radio 1.
From Fleetwood Mac and Bill Withers in the 70s to Craig David, Florence and the Machine and Sam Smith in the 21st Century, In Concert on the BBC in sound and vision has charted the history of popular music and this month of special archive shows and performances looks back across 50 years. And Radio 2 presenters are curating their own favourite tracks of all time from In Concert 50 to play during shows across the month and in special programming on the station. Schedule changes coming to Greatest Hits Radio.