Friday Night Extra 29.9.17 including an appreciation of Billy Joel

Tonight we heard music from ECHO who are playing live at Ingatestone Parish church on 30th at 7p.m.

They base their music on classic MOTOWN and soul tracks and then give them a Christian edge. Musically we focussed on Billy Joel who has sold over 150 million albums in his career. We hear from listeners tonight engaged with a whole lot different activities whilst listening to the show. Lee was cooking a meal for his son and the son’s girlfriend . Chris as marking books from School after booking tickets for a Nial Rodgers concert on-line. She had to own up that the concert was on a Friday evening! Caelon was packing before going to university tomorrow. Rene was folding pew sheets for church. John had come in from taking his mother out for a meal to celebrate her birthday. Patrick was simply sitting and listening to us. It was fascinating for Jonty and I in the  studio to read all these responses. We had an exclusive first play from the Michael Horner Trio, a great young local jazz ensemble. We also heard a track from Lisa Harman, This featured the voices of Al Pacino and Gabriel Byrne as well as Lisa herself. Awesome!

Tonight’s playlist

Booker T & MGs – Crazy – show theme

Pentatononix – Cracked

Glen Campbell – Adios

Tremaloes – Call me No 1 – requested by Patrick and a No 2 in 1969

Jamie Cullum – Edge of something

ECHO – Higher and higher – there version of the Jackie Wilson classic

Jackie Wilson – I get the sweetest feeling

David Bowie – Changes – with Matt going to play the album Hunky Dorey tonight in full.

Beach Boys – Blue birds over the mountain

Lisa Harman – She was so beautiful – the opening song from ‘The Rebound’ – a story told by songs of three characters whose lives are intertwined. A show exclusive.

Chicago – If you leave me now

Michael Horner Trio – There is no greater love

Tight Fit – The lion sleeps tonight – following on from a 9 o’clock news story about rugby player Scott Baldwin having been bitten by a lion in South Africa Billy Joelwhen he stroked it.

The Move – Flowers in the rain – to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Radio One

Michael Buble – Everything

Billy Joel – An innocent man

Billy Joel – My life

Billy Joel – Tell her about it

Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall – for Caelon, packing, or was it his mum…

ECHO – For once in my life

Chic – Good times – for Christ booking the Nial Rodgers concert

Earth, Wing & Fire – September

Yardbirds – Shape of things to come

ABBA – Mama Mia – with the Greatest hits album back in the Top 30, after over 800 weeks in the chart! Who is still buying it?

Piano Guys – Its gonna be OK

George Martin – Theme One

Join me next week when Isabella and Annabel will be telling us about an aid trip to Africa. Old friend of the show Rob from CHESS will be telling us about the November sleepout for the homeless charity.

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About Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the DJs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear. After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night. One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you. I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital Radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts. Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics including faith and social action. There are also some live music performances. This little boy's dream has come true!