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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
Stars line up for Radio 1 album
Kylie Minogue
Singer Minogue covers Roxy Music's Love is the Drug
Kylie Minogue and Lily Allen are among the artists who have recorded cover versions for an album to celebrate BBC Radio 1's 40th anniversary.

The compilation includes versions of 40 songs, one taken from each of the years that the station has been on air.

The Kaiser Chiefs kick off with their rendition of The Move's Flowers in the Rain, the first song played on Radio 1. Other artists include Mika and Keane.

The album, titled Radio 1. Established 1967, will be released on 1 October.

Minogue sings Love is the Drug by Roxy Music (1975), while Allen sings The Pretenders' track Don't Get Me Wrong (1986).

Pirate radio

Other tracks include Robbie Williams' version of The Kinks' Lola (1970), Amy Winehouse's cover of Cupid by Johnny Nash (1969) and Girls Aloud's rendition of Wheatus' Teenage Dirtbag (2001).

Natasha Bedingfield covers Madonna's Ray of Light (1998), while Hard-Fi perform their take on Toxic by Britney Spears (2004).

Tony Blackburn launched BBC Radio 1 on 30 September 1967, in response to the success of pirate stations such as Radio Caroline.

Blackburn remained with the station for 17 years. Other early stars of the station included Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young and the late Kenny Everett.




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