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My Final Sunday Replay… Some of the Best!

Enjoyed saying goodbye to the Replay today, and took the opportunity to play a tiny selection of some of my favourite music. With Nile Rodgers playing a blistering set at Glastonbury on Friday I thought I’d start with a mix of great hits from his work with Chic and Sister Sledge

The other music played was –

Chas & Dave – Margate

Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar

The Who – Magic Bus

Wilson Pickett – 634 5789

Edwin Starr – 25 Miles

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – You Really Got a Hold on Me

Barry White – Can’t Get Enough

Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy

The Beatles – Drive My Car/The Word

The Travelling Wilburys – End Of The Line

3@3 was from George Harrison – When we Was Fab/Isn’t it a Pity/My Sweet Lord

Lynrd Skynrd – Free Bird

AC/DC – Back to Black

Motown Spinners – It’s a Shame

Luther VanDross – Never Too Much

Blackbyrds – Walking in Rythm

Adrian Gurvitz – Classic

Adele – Someone Like You

and we finished with

Pink Floyd – The Great Gig in the Sky










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My Penultimate Sunday Replay and Extreme Shampooing!

In my penultimate Sunday Replay we had a story about the new craze of extreme shampooing!

An internet blogger called Jim Chapman started the craze, which involves people washing their hair in extreme places.

The first challenge was at a fire training college in Oxfordshire. Two firemen blasted the blogger with a fire hose which reaches between 8 and 20 bars of pressure – the equivalent of having 10 showers at once.

He then washed his hair in the River Thames by pushing his head over the side of a speedboat which was travelling at nearly 40mph, before putting his head under the Hardraw Force in Yorkshire, the UK’s highest unbroken waterfall.

The 25-year-old then climbed to the top of the second-largest working Transporter Bridge in the world before stepping down from a 160-foot bungee jump into the water, with a member of the bungee team taking the place instead.

The final challenge was at the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the country, where he washed his hair in the 2-metre-deep snow.

Chapman said: “I’ve done some crazy things in my life but Extreme Shampooing has to be one of the most exhilarating and outrageous ways to road test a new product.

“The most extreme challenge was the dip underneath Hardraw Waterfall – the sheer force of the fall was incredible, however, climbing to the peak of Ben Nevis was one shampooing experience I’ll certainly never forget!”

Extreme Shampooing is becoming an online trend, with people submitting their own videos and photographs on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

The music played today was –

Genesis – Throwing it All Away

Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Every Day I Write the Book

Faith Hill – This Kiss

Lily Allen – Smile

ZZ Top – Give Me all Your Lovin’

Ian Dury and The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go

Bachmann Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

The Monkees – I’m a Believer

The Beatles – Revolution

The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Woman

Sam Brown – Stop

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

Donna Summer – Bad Girls

The Eagles – Life in the Fast Lane

Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

Faces – Stay With Me

Marvin Gaye – I Heard it Through the Grapevine

The Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World

Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town

Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love

UB 40 – Can’t Help Falling in Love With You

Roy Orbison – Only The Lonely

It’s my final Sunday Replay next week after two years in the chair. Tune in from 2pm.



















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Fathers Day Songs and Static Man

A three hour edition of Sunday Replay today – in the first hour we heard some cool chilled out oldies, then in the next it was songs for Dad’s Day. We heard,

Alexander O’Neal – Dance with my Father

Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie I’m not your Daddy

Cat Stevens – Father and Son

Chicory Tip – Son of my Father

Cliff Richard – Daddy’s Home

Darts – Daddy Cool

Elvis – Don’t Cry Daddy

James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

Loudon Wainwright III – Father and A Son

Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

Mike and The Mechanics – Living Years

Nizlopi – JCB Song

Sister Sledge – We are Family

In the final Hour we livened things up a bit with some more great oldies and a couple of weird stories including this one –

An Australian man built up so much static electricity in his clothes as he walked that he burned carpets, melted plastic and sparked a mass evacuation.

Frank Clewer, of the western Victorian city of Warrnambool, was wearing a synthetic nylon jacket and a woollen shirt when he went for a job interview.

As he walked into the building, the carpet ignited from the 40,000 volts of static electricity that had built up.

“It sounded almost like a firecracker or something like that,” he said.

“Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt,” he told Australian radio.

Perplexed firemen evacuated the building and cut its electricity supply, thinking the burns could have been caused by a power surge.

“There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise – a bit like a whip – both inside and outside the building,” said fire official Henry Barton.

Mr Clewer said that after leaving the building, he scorched a piece of plastic in his car.

His clothes were measured by firemen as carrying an electrical charge of 40,000 volts, the Reuters news agency quoted Mr Barton as saying.

The fire official added that the charge was close to being high enough to cause the items to spontaneously combust.

“I’ve been firefighting for over 35 years and I’ve never come across anything like this,” he said.

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The Final Sunday Replay Rocks – Listen Again Here

Well it’s been a great six weeks of 100 classic rock tracks. You can listen again here –

We started how we finished last week –

Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll

AC/DC – Back in Black

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Free – Alright Now

Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child of Mine

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love

Rainbow – Stargazer

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

Deep Purple – Smoke on The Water

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven


THE END! (until the next time…)













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Rockin Replay Five – Listen again here.

Ahh despite a few gremlins it was good to rock out again this week!

You can hear an edited version of the show here –

This was the music –














RUSH – 2112





So it’s the last week of rocking out on The Sunday Replay next week and I’ve saved the best until last. Tune in from 2pm.


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Sunday Replay Rocks! Part 4 – Listen Again Here.

Woo Hoo! – Simpson Rocks on Phoenix FM! Loved the music today! You can enjoy it again here –


Tracks played were –

Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone

Guns N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Jimi  Hendrix – Purple Haze

Derek & The Dominoes – Layla

Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

Who – Baba O’Riley

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Rush – Xanadu

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper

Rush – Tom Sawyer

AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long

Bon Jovi – Livin on a Prayer

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More Rocking on the Sunday Replay

Another great two hours of Classic Rock on this week’s Sunday Replay courtesy of the following bands –

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks

Cream – Crossroads

Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Faces – Stay With Me

Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Neil  Young – Rocking In The Free World

Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil

Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild

Who – My Generation

AC/DC – For Those About To Rock

Alice  Cooper – School’s Out

Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills

Led Zeppelin – Achillies Last Stand

UFO – Rock Bottom

Whitesnake – Still Of The Night

Another two hours of great Classic Rock next week…..

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Rocking Out Replay and D’ukes – The Finest Ukelele Band in the Land – Listen Again Here

We Rocked some more this week, but first, my lovely guests were D’ukes


D’ukes are a quirky 8 piece ukulele band that has given the small four-stringed, two hundred year old, modest ukulele a makeover for the 21st century. The Essex based band features lead singers, backing vocalists, strumming ukuleles, dazzling solos, pounding bass and exciting percussion. The music is an eclectic mix. If it’s a good song, D’Ukes will take it apart, rebuild it and uke it up! A D’Ukes performance is fun (with a few surprises!) and guaranteed to get you smiling.

You can hear our chat and four great songs from D’ukes here – 

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The music played in the Rock section of today’s show was –

AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill

Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast

Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You

Pink Floyd – Time

Bruce Springsteen – Thunder Road

Iron Maiden – The Trooper

Europe – The Final Countdown

Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name

Metallica – One

AC/DC – Hells Bells

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

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Sunday Replay Rocks! – Listen Again Here…

Well we finished the countdown of the top 100 of the 1970’s last week. Where to next I thought…..

Yea lets Rock OUT!!!

You can listen to the show again here –

For the next few weeks I’ll be playing some of the best rock songs ever made. Today’s tracks in reverse order (just to be awkward) were:

Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode

Black Sabbath – Iron Man

Free – Wishing Well

Kinks – You Really Got Me

Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Led Zeppelin – In My Time of Dying

Kiss – Detroit Rock City

Deep  Purple – Speed King

Pink Floyd – Money

Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark

Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe

Pearl Jam – Alive

Thin Lizzy – Still In Love With You

Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar

Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall Part 2

Uriah Heep – July Morning

Deep  Purple – Black Night

We’ll be rocking out some more next week and we’ll also have some live music from my guests in the studio – D’Ukes – The finest ukelele band in the world!

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Top 100 of the 1970’s – The Final Top Ten

Yes we made it all the way down from 100 – 1

The best selling single of the 1970’s was Mull of Kyntire by Wings

From next week we are rocking out on the Sunday Replay, but for now I’ll leave you with the Top Ten of the 1970’s


“Mull of Kintyre” / “Girls’ School  The song’s broad appeal was maximised by its pre-Christmas release and it became a Christmas number one single in the UK, spending nine weeks at the top of the charts. It also became a massive international hit, dominating the charts in Australia and many other countries over the holiday period. It went on to become the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK. The song remains the UK’s best-selling non-charity single. Wings





“Rivers of Babylon” / “Brown Girl in the Ring”  In the UK Boney M. sold more than 1,985,000 copies of the song, meaning the single was awarded a platinum disc and is one of the top ten all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Boney M.





“You’re the One That I Want “The only single from the Grease soundtrack to top both the US and UK pop charts. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John





“Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord” Recorded in a hurry early November, and rushed out at the end of the month, topping the UK charts for four weeks during its eight week stay in the charts Boney M.





“Summer Nights” The song was a big hit in the UK, spending seven weeks at No. 1. Combined with an earlier nine-week run with “You’re the One That I Want,” the Travolta-Newton-John duet team spent 16 weeks at No. 1 during 1978 in the UK. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John





“Y.M.C.A.” The song remains popular due to its status as a disco classic and gay anthem, even among listeners who are otherwise uninvolved in disco or gay culture.  A popular dance in which the arms are used to spell out the four letters of the song’s title may have much to do with this Village People





“Bohemian Rhapsody” In 2012, the song topped the list on an ITV nationwide poll in the UK to find ‘The Nation’s Favourite Number One’ over 60 years of music. Queen





“Heart of Glass” Released as a single in January 1979 and topped the charts in several countries including the United States. Blondie





“Bright Eyes” From the soundtrack of the 1978 British animated adventure drama film Watership Down Art Garfunkel





“Don’t Give Up on Us”Riding high on the success of playing in the hit TV show Starsky and Hutch, Soul returned to one of his early career choices as a singer. His debut, “Don’t Give Up on Us” was a worldwide smash, spending four weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart in January and February 1977 David Soul




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The Penultimate Top 100 Of the 1970’s, and the Top Album of the Decade from Simon and Garfunkle

Nearly there! Today we counted down from 28 – 11, leaving the top ten for next week’s final show on the decade.

In 3@3 today we featured three songs from Simon and Garfunkle, celebrating their domination of the Top Selling Album chart of the 1970’s with Simon and Garfunkle’s Greatest Hits at number 2 and Bridge Over Troubled Water at Number 1

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, and Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits was released on June 14, 1972, two years after the duo had disbanded.

We heard Cecilia, Homeward Bound and Mrs Robinson.

The countdown from 28 – 11 was –


“I Love You Love Me Love” (Not Played) Gary Glitter





“Save Your Kisses for Me” The winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976 Brotherhood of Man





“Merry Xmas Everybody” Slade’s last number-one single, but by far their most successful. It has been released during every decade since 1973, and has been covered by numerous artists. In a 2007 poll, “Merry Xmas Everybody” was voted the UK’s most popular Christmas song. Slade





“Eye Level” Selected by Thames Television to be the theme tune for their Netherlands based detective series, Van der Valk. The record entered the UK chart and spent 22 weeks in the Top 40, four of them at number one. Simon Park Orchestra





“Long Haired Lover from Liverpool” Riding high on the popularity of The Osmonds, Jimmy (the youngest sibling) had a massive hit with the song, in the process becoming the youngest person to ever reach number one on the UK singles chart aged 9 years 8 months. Little Jimmy Osmond





“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” an international number one  the single reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1977 Julie Covington





“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)”  is a popular song which originated as the jingle “Buy the World a Coke” in the groundbreaking 1971 “Hilltop” television commercial for Coca-Cola. The New Seekers later found time to record the song and sold 96,000 copies of their record in one day, eventually selling 12 million around the world in total. The recording shot lead singer Eve Graham and the other members of The New Seekers to super-stardom. The New Seekers





“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” Was a worldwide hit for the group in 1973. It reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973 Dawn featuring Tony Orlando





“Under the Moon of Love” went on to spend three weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in 1976 , and has since sold over a million copies in the UK. Showaddywaddy





Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick” went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1979, and is the band’s most successful single ever. Ian Dury and the Blockheads





“Amazing Grace” hit number 1 in the UK singles chart in April 1972, spending 24 weeks total on the charts Pipes & Drums & Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards





“Sailing “Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for his 1975 album Atlantic Crossing, and it was subsequently a number one hit in the UK in September 1975 for four weeks. The single returned to the UK top ten a year later when used as the theme music for the BBC documentary series Sailor, about HMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice, it remains Stewart’s biggest-selling single in the UK Rod Stewart





“Mississippi” The sole number one single for Pussycat, spending four weeks at number one on the UK singles chart in October 1976. Pussycat





“Three Times a Lady” Lionel Richie said he was inspired to write the song because of a comment his father made about his mother. His father said to his mother “I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever” hence the three times a lady. Commodores





“We Don’t Talk Anymore” Coming just before Cliff’s 39th birthday, and just when it was announced that he was to receive the OBE for services to music, the record cemented his comeback, which continued well into the eighties and nineties. The single was his biggest worldwide seller Cliff Richard





“The Floral Dance” reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart by Christmas 1977. Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band





“You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me” went on to be the band’s second and final number-one single in the UK, spending a single week at the top of the chart in January 1974 The New Seekers





“I Don’t Like Mondays” According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University’s campus radio station, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground in San Diego, California on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day” The Boomtown Rats





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The Top 100 of the 1970’s

This weeks part of the countdown included 3 tracks from the 3rd best selling album of the 1970’s – Rumours – the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976 and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at the top of the United Kingdom Albums Chart. “Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop”, “Dreams”, and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles.

The other music played was –


“Dancing Queen” considered by many to be ABBA’s signature song, as it reached the number 1 position on popular music charts in 13 countries. ABBA





“When a Child Is Born (Soleado)”  became Johnny Mathis’ sole number one single in the UK, spending three weeks at the top of the chart in December 1976 and selling 850,000 copies. Johnny Mathis





“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” from their 1979 album Replicas. It was released as a single in May 1979 and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks. It was written by Gary Numan. Tubeway Army





“The Smurf Song” (excerpt only!!!) Father Abraham & The Smurfs





“Without You” Written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of British rock group Badfinger.  In the UK, the song spent five weeks at number 1 on the British pop chart, beginning on 11 March, and sold almost 800,000 copies. Paul McCartney once described the ballad as “…the killer song of all time. Nilsson





“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”  Intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Tamla Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was the first No. 1 single in the UK for both Elton John and Kiki Dee, topping the chart for six weeks in mid 1976 Elton John and Kiki Dee





“Welcome Home” Coming after their success in the talent show Opportunity Knocks, Peters and Lee recorded Welcome Home becoming the duo’s one and only number one single in the UK spending a single week at the top in July 1973 Peters and Lee





“When I Need You” a massive hit worldwide, reaching number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in February 1977 Leo Sayer





“I Will Survive” One of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gaynor’s biggest hit. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song is also frequently recalled as a symbol of female strength and as a gay anthem. Gloria Gaynor





“When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” spent three weeks at number one in November 1979. Dr. Hook





“How Deep Is Your Love” In a British TV special shown in December 2011, it was voted “The Nation’s Favourite Bee Gees Song” by ITV viewers. Bee Gees





“My Sweet Lord” topped charts worldwide and was the biggest-selling single of 1971 in Britain. The song reached number 1 in Britain for a second time when re-released in January 2002, following Harrison’s death two months before. George Harrison





“If You Leave Me Now” Chicago





“Mouldy Old Dough”  was one of the choices of Jarvis Cocker when he appeared on the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs. Since 1972, The track has played over the tannoy at the beginning of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. home games. Lieutenant Pigeon





“Puppy Love” written by Paul Anka in 1960. His version reached #33 on the UK singles chart. Twelve years later it was revived by Donny Osmond, who took it to #1 in April 1972 on the UK singles chart. Donny Osmond




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Top 100 of The 1970’s and The Dark Side of the Moon

Today’s tracks took us from number 64 to 44. More on that later but first our top selling album of the 1970’s was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This was the 4th best selling album of the decade. The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide.

Featured tracks from the Top 100 of the 1970’s were –


“A Little Bit More” Dr. Hook





“My Ding-a-Ling” originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952 for King Records.  Berry’s version was recorded live during the Lanchester Arts Festival at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry on 3 February 1972, where Berry topped the bill. The lyrics with their sly tone and innuendo (and the enthusiasm of Berry and the audience) caused many radio stations to refuse to play it. Mary Whitehouse tried unsuccessfully to get the song banned. “One teacher”, Whitehouse wrote to the BBCs Director General, “told us of how she found a class of small boys with their trousers undone, singing the song and giving it the indecent interpretation which  … We trust you will agree with us that it is no part of the function of the BBC to be the vehicle of songs which stimulate this kind of behaviour” Chuck Berry





“Silver Lady” was the second and final number one single in the UK for David Soul spending three weeks at the top in October 1977. David Soul





“Knowing Me, Knowing You” recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and released in February 1977, becoming one of the group’s most successful singles. ABBA





“My Coo-Ca-Choo” the first successful release for Alvin Stardust, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart in December 1973 Alvin Stardust





“Grandad”  reached #1 on the UK singles chart for three weeks, and went on to spend a total of 27 weeks on the chart. A little known fact is that Yes member Rick Wakeman played piano on the session for this single. Clive Dunn





“Lonely This Christmas” topped the UK singles chart in 1974 and reached Christmas number one. Mud





“Way Down” it was his current single when he died.  It reached #1 in the  British Pop charts, just days after his death, and almost seven years after his previous UK #1 single, “The Wonder of You” Elvis Presley





“Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)”  first performed on television in 1970, and released as a successful recording, topping the UK Singles Chart in 1971, reaching theChristmas number one spot. Benny Hill





“I Feel Love” Giorgio Moroder’s innovative production of this disco-style song, recorded with an entirely synthesized backing track, spawned imitators in the disco genre, and was influential in the development of techno. Donna Summer





“Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”  a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. The band’s only number-one hit single in the United Kingdom Pink Floyd





“Night Fever” written and performed by the Bee Gees. It first appeared on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. Bee Gees





“Sunday Girl” Never released as a single in the United States, the track was a #1 hit in the United Kingdom for three weeks in May 1979 as well as a #1 hit in Australia. Blondie





Bye, Bye, Baby” originally by The Four Seasons whose version of the song made it to #12 on the U.S. singles charts in 1965. A cover of the song by the Bay City Rollers sold a million copies and hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart for six weeks from March 1975. It ended the year as the UK’s top selling single. Bay City Rollers





“Billy Don’t Be a Hero” hit number one on the UK singles chart on 16 March 1974 Paper Lace





“Dance Away” number 2 in the UK and spending a total of 14 weeks on the charts. Although it didn’t make number 1, it became the ninth biggest selling single in the UK in 1979 Roxy Music





Rat Trap” reached #1 in the UK singles chart for two weeks in November 1978, the first single by a punk or New Wave act to do so. It is a rock ballad telling the tale of a boy called Billy who feels the depressing town he lives in is a “Rat Trap”. The Boomtown Rats





“Gonna Make You a Star”  was Essex’s first number one single in the UK, spending three weeks at the top in November 1974. David Essex





“In the Summertime” year-end top seller of 1970 in the UK singles chart. The song took Dorset only ten minutes to compose on a second-hand Fender Stratocaster. It was unusual because the initial release, on Dawn Records, was a maxi-single, playing at 33 rpm, including an additional song, “Mighty Man” on the A-side, and a much longer track, the Woody Guthrie song “Dust Pneumonia Blues”, on the B-side. As it was sold in a picture sleeve, and only sold at a few pence more than the normal 45 rpm two-track single, it was considered value for money. Mungo Jerry





“Fernando”  became ABBA’s best-selling single of all time, with 6,000,000 copies sold in 1976 alone. ABBA





“I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)” (Not Played) Gary Glitter




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The Top 100 of the 1970’s part two – Tubular Bells

The 5th best selling album of the 1970’s was Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and we heard an extract from this just after 3pm

Today we continued our countdown of the top selling singles of the 1970’s –


“So You Win Again” Hot Chocolate





“See My Baby Jive”  their first to reach number one in the UK, spending four weeks at the top of the chart during May and June 1973. Wizzard





“Take a Chance on Me” proved to be one of ABBA’s most successful chart hits. It was released in January 1978 and spent 3 weeks at number 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming their third consecutive UK #1 ABBA





“Block Buster!”  the band’s sole UK #1 hit. Released in January 1973, it spent five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, Sweet





“Maggie May” / “Reason to Believe” Maggie May was initially released as the B-side of the single “Reason to Believe,” but DJs in the USA became fonder of the B-side and the song was reclassified, with “Maggie May” becoming the A-side. Rod Stewart





“The Wonder of You”  one of Elvis’s most successful records in the UK ever, topping the UK Singles Chart for six weeks in the summer of 1970, and was an even bigger success than Jailhouse Rock. Elvis Presley





“I Hear You Knocking”  took the coveted Christmas number one slot in 1970, topping the UK singles chart for six weeks. Dave Edmunds





“Yes Sir I Can Boogie”  Baccara were two Spanish flamenco dancers, who were dancing flamenco and singing traditional songs for tourists on the island of Fuerteventura when RCA executive Leon Deane signed them up. Baccara





“Tiger Feet” featured on the Mr Bean episode “Mind the baby, Mr. Bean” Tiger Feet was a huge success, it was number #1 in the UK charts for 4 weeks in 1974. It sold over 700,000 copies in the UK alone and over a million sales globally. It was also the best selling single in Britain that year. Mud





“Angelo” Released as a single in June 1977, it became the group’s second UK number one hit. Brotherhood of Man





“Love Me for a Reason”  released in 1974. Twenty years later, Boyzone covered the song. Both versions were successful, reaching the top ten of the charts in many countries. The Osmonds





“Chanson D’Amour” a number one hit in the UK and Australia in 1977 The Manhattan Transfer





“Rockin’ All Over the World” Written by John Fogerty, formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song that opened Live Aid Status Quo





“Bridge Over Troubled Water”  won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971 The single has sold 6 million copies worldwide. Simon & Garfunkel





“Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” reached #1 in the UK for five weeks in June 1971 Middle of the Road





“Seasons in the Sun” Sold over 14 million copies worldwide. Terry Jacks




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The Top 100 of the 1970’s – ABBA

Today we began our countdown of the top 100 selling singles of the 1970’s. We also featured three tracks from the sixth best selling album of the 1970’s – ABBA –  Greatest Hits. The album was the best selling album of 1976 in the UK, and is the second-best selling album in the UK for ABBA, staying in the charts for 130 weeks. We Heard Mamma Mia, SOS, and Waterloo.

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“Black Is Black”- La Belle Epoque, a female vocal trio, based in Paris, France. a disco remake of the song, “Black Is Black”, originally a hit in 1966 for the Spanish group Los Bravos. La Belle Epoque





“Knock Three Times” released as a single in November 1970, Dawn





“Cum On Feel the Noize”  Slade’s fourth number-one single in the UK and their first to enter straight at number one. Slade





“Amazing Grace” a Christian hymn with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, published in 1779. a 1971 hit song from the album Whales & Nightingales by Judy Collins Judy Collins





“Hot Love” the group’s first number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it remained at the top for six weeks beginning in March 1971. Its success was propelled by a legendary Top of the Pops appearance, where mainman Marc Bolan appeared in androgynous clothes and with a dab of glitter under each eye, debuting the style of glam rock. T. Rex





“Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)”  a UK #1 single in August 1975 for three weeks The Stylistics





“One Day at a Time” The song went on to be recorded by many artists. Scottish singer Lena Martell recorded the song for the UK market in 1979. The song again became a big success and reached No.1 in October 1979 for three weeks. Lena Martell





“I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)”  #1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 1976 and topping the chart for three weeks Tina Charles





“Ma Baker  inspired by the story of legendary 1930s outlaw Ma Barker, although the name was changed into “Ma Baker” because “it sounded better”. Boney M.





“Crazy Horses”The song is claimed to be a protest about the amount of pollution created by cars. It is a heavy rock style which was a major stylistic departure from the type of music The Osmonds were known for. It is one of their best known hits and has been covered by numerous other bands The Osmonds





“The Name of the Game” released as the first single from the group’s fifth studio album, The Album. It became a UK number one, topping the charts for four weeks in November 1977. ABBA





“Fanfare for the Common Man”  Adapted by Keith Emerson from Aaron Copland’s 1942 piece Fanfare for the Common Man, it stands as one of their most popular and enduring pieces Emerson, Lake & Palmer





“Whispering Grass” first recorded by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra in 1940. Number one in the British singles chart for three weeks from 7 June 1975 Windsor Davies & Don Estelle





“Get It On” second number one for T. Rex on the UK Singles Chart. T. Rex





“Message in a Bottle” The Police’s first number one hit in the United Kingdom The Police





“We Are the Champions” a worldwide success, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In 2009, “We Are the Champions” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was voted the world’s favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericssonworld music poll. In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest in the history of popular music Queen





“Stand By Your Man” the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music Tammy Wynette





“Wand’rin’ Star” UK number one single for Lee Marvin for three weeks in March 1970. Lee Marvin





“Metal Guru” written by Marc Bolan. It was the band’s fourth (and final) number one on the UK Singles Chart when it topped the chart for four weeks in May-June 1972. T. Rex





“Sideshow” Barry Biggs




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The Final Soulful Sunday Replay – Sam And Dave

Today was the fifth and final (for now) week of our trip to the world of soul Motown and Disco on The Soulful Sunday Replay. I’ve had a great few weeks playing some of what I consider to be some of the best music ever recorded.

On 3 @ 3 today we featured these two great soul men –

Sam and Dave

Sam Moore and Dave Prater, veterans of the gospel groups The Melionaires and The Sensational Hummingbirds, respectively  met at the King of Hearts club in Miami in 1961. They teamed up and recorded for Roulette Records in the early 60s with little success. Jerry Wexler signed them to Atlantic Records in 1965, with their singles and albums were issued on the Stax label. Recording at the Stax studio in Memphis, Tennessee under songwriter-producers Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter, who wrote virtually all their hits.. Usually recording with Hayes on the piano and backed by Booker T. and The MGs and The Memphis Horns, Sam and Dave had Top 10 R&B hit with “You Don’t Know Like I Know in early 1966. “Hold On! I’m Comin'” a R&B hit and a Top 10 Pop hit, followed by R&B “I Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody,” “You Got Me Hummin’,” and “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby.” They later had Top 10 Pop and R&B hits with “Soul Man” and “I Thank You.”

Next Week – Get your flares on – We begin the countdown of The Top 100 of the 70’s!

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Phoenix in the Foyer, James Brown and Ray Lewis

After Saturday’s hugely successful Phoenix in the Foyer event I chatted to chief organiser Tony Smith about the event and played him some audience reaction that I recorded as people left The Brentwood Centre after the event. You can hear our chat here – 

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A great time was had by all – Can’t wait for the next one!

We then heard a feature on James Brown

In the final hour we heard again Michelle Ward’s excellent interview and session with Ray Lewis of The Drifters. If you missed it you can catch it once again here – Ray Lewis My thanks to Michelle for permission to play this on the Soulful Sunday Replay. It’s the final week of soulful music next week and I’ll be playing some of my all time favourites… Tune in from 2pm.

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Dani Clay and Marvin Gaye – Only the Best on The Soulful Sunday Replay

A complete pleasure to welcome my guests – The Dani Clay Band –  to Phoenix FM today. Dani, Scott and Jason together gave a fantastic performance on three tracks live in Phoenix FMs Studio 1.

I Joined The Dani Clay Band (But only for a pic!)

You can watch these here –

Dani Clay moved from Brentwood at the age of 17 to pursue her music career in London Town. Beginning in a girl RnB group and signed to an independent label who were in partnership with DeathRow Records which took Dani on a colourful journey

Dani has recorded with Jasper Cameron of D.A.R.P studios in Atlanta and Rico Lumpkins of TLC fame. This also lead her to perform at Wembley and has given Dani Clay plenty of experience and plenty of skills.

Another exciting opportunity for Dani and her band was supporting the charity event Oxjam Festival in central London raising money for Africa’s Food Crisis.

In 2011 Dani was an X Factor Boot Camp Contestant and a Top 10 winner for the USA Annual Songwriting Competition.

Dani Clay works extremely hard to push her music, vocals and collaberative skills into many directions as possible, which means sleepless nights, long drives up and down the motorway and just enough pennies to get her around to expose all this.

You can hear the entire interview and session here –

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Dani and the band will be back here at The Brentwood Centre next Saturday 9th March headlining the Phoenix in the Foyer gig.

Tickets available on the door at just £6 for a great evening of live music.

You can find more on The Dani Clay Band Here – Dani Clay

My thanks to Dani, Scott and Jason for the music, Tony Smith for the mix and Alex Moore for the videos and for some of the interview questions that I managed to steal from him!

In the first hour of the show we heard the story of Marvin Gaye’s life and some of his best music. Next week – James Brown


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Wilson Pickett, Dani Clay, The Temptations, The Soul Ladies and The Staple Singers

Wilson Pickett

Today we previewed Dani Clay’s appearance on next week’s Sunday Replay ahead of the great Phoenix in the Foyer event on 9 March. We heard two tracks from Dani as well as a brief look at her musical career so far.

We sadly lost two soul legends last week – Cleotha Staple of the Staple Singers and Damon Harris of the Temptations. As a tribute we heard some of their best music.

We also heard an edited replay of the Soul Ladies session and interview from Alex Moore’s Saturday Night Live show from last night. My thanks to Alex and The Soul Ladies for the opportunity to replay this. You can listen to or watch the full interview here –

Soul Ladies

Finally we had a feature on the life and music of Wilson Pickett –

Together with Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett was among the most popular and acclaimed soul singers of the 1960s. His gritty rasp and signature scream on classic hits like “Mustang Sally,” “Land of 1,000 Dances” and “In the Midnight Hour” helped put the soul meccas of Memphis, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, on the music map.

Born in Prattville, Alabama, on March 18, 1941, Wilson Pickett was the youngest of eleven children who spent much of their youths picking cotton. Pickett, whose grandfather was a preacher, began his singing career in the church choir. In 1955, he moved to Detroit to live with his father and joined gospel group the Violinaires. Four years later, Pickett jumped into the secular music world when he joined R&B group the Falcons, whose 1962 hit “I Found a Love” (Number Six R&B) helped him land a solo deal with Atlantic Records.

Atlantic executive Jerry Wexler, who signed Pickett in 1964, once said the singer didn’t perfect his memorable gritty soul voice until he traveled back down south, to Memphis, where he recorded his first big solo hit, “In the Midnight Hour” (Number One R&B, Number 21 pop, 1965). Wexler nicknamed him The Wicked Pickett after hearing his secretary teasingly tell the singer one day, “Ooooh, you’re wicked!” Pickett followed “Midnight Hour” with a string of wild, sexually charged Top Ten hits throughout the Sixties and into the Seventies, including “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)” (Number One R&B, Number 13 pop, 1966), “Land Of 1000 Dances” (Number One R&B, Number Six pop, 1966), “Mustang Sally” (Number Six R&B, Number 23 pop, 1966), “Funky Broadway” (Number One R&B, Number Eight pop, 1967), “I Found a Love – Pt. 1” (Number Six R&B, Number 32 pop, 1967), “I’m In Love” (Number Four R&B, Number 45 pop, 1967), “Soul Dance Number Three” (Number Ten R&B, Number 55 pop, 1967), “She’s Lookin’ Good” (Number Seven R&B, Number 15 pop, 1968), “Engine Number 9” (Number Three R&B, Number 14 pop, 1970), “Don’t Knock My Love – Pt. 1” (Number One R&B, Number 13 pop, 1971) and “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You” (Number Two R&B, Number 17 pop, 1971). He also recorded a famous version of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (Number 13 R&B, Number 23 pop, 1969) that featured a blistering guitar solo by Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as a cover of Saturday morning cartoon band the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar” (Number 25 pop) that transformed the bubblegum song into bluesy soul.

The steam in Pickett’s fiery soul ran out in the early Seventies, though he continued recording and performing. During the Eighties and Nineties, he had several run-ins with the law, including charges of carrying a loaded shotgun, assaulting his girlfriend and driving drunk. He also received several honors for his music during that period. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1993, he received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1999, he earned a Grammy nomination for the his last studio album It’s Harder Now, released on the independent label Bullseye Blues Records. He stopped touring in 2004 due to failing health, and died of a heart attack on January 19, 2006. Little Richard preached and gave the eulogy at Pickett’s funeral.

Next Week – Dani Clay and Marvin Gaye

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The First Soulful Sunday Replay… Featuring The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

In the first of four shows today we heard some fantastic music and had a brief look at the story of soul music.
Soul music first gained a following during the 1950s. At that time, musicians like Ray Charles and James Brown blended familiar gospel singing with rhythm and blues to produce the first soul music sounds. Some found this early music almost sacrilegious, as depicted in the film Ray, the story of Ray Charles life.. To take gospel, one of the great African American contributions to Christianity, and use the singing style to talk about love, women, and good times, seemed to some, risky.

Yet these early soul music stylings proved immensely popular. The familiar music of gospel that spoke to the soul was blended with early rock and roll and rhythm and blues. A number of record companies quickly jumped on the bandwagon of producing the increasingly popular soul music, and some companies were founded on their production of this musical form. While mainstream labels like Atlantic Records quickly signed soul music artist Solomon Burke, new companies like Stax Records and Goldwax Records helped the popularity of soul along by recording artists like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and James Carr.
By the 1970s, soul music had changed forms to incorporate more message-based music and also some of the stylings of psychedelic rock. One of the standout albums of this time period is Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, which thematically deals with continued strife between races in America and the onset of the Vietnam war.

Soul music also jumped to funk and disco styles. While singing styles remained similar, the more syncopated danceable beats of disco and funk left an indelible mark on soul. The Commodores and Earth, Wind and Fire were two extremely popular bands of the disco movement, bringing soul music to the forefront of public attention and creating many mainstream hits.

Our Featured artist today was Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-’60s hits with Atlantic Records–“Respect,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Think,” “The House That Jack Built,” and several others–earned her the title “Lady Soul,” which she has worn uncontested ever since.

More great soul inspired music next week.

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The Top 10 of The 90’s – Reg Presley and a Close Encounter with Essex Ghost Hunters!

In the final show of the series we counted down the remaining top 10 of the 90’s

1       “ Candle In The Wind 1997″       Elton John 4,868,000 1997 1

Candle in the Wind 1997” is a re-written and re-recorded version of Elton John’s own 1973 hit “Candle in the Wind” that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. In many countries it was a double A-side with “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales it is “the best-selling single of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 states that the song is “the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies,” and is the best-selling single worldwide of all time

2       “Unchained Melody”  Robson & Jerome      1,840,000 1995 1

Best known for their British TV series Soldier Soldier. One episode called for the duo to sing “Unchained Melody” Subsequently ITV was inundated by people looking to buy the song, and the pair were persuaded by Simon Cowell to release it as a single. Cowell enlisted top music producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, with whom he had worked many times, to produce the single. It stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks on the UK Chart. selling more than a million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year.

3       “Love Is All Around” Wet Wet Wet     1,783,000 1994 1

topped the UK Singles Chart after just under three weeks and, fuelled by its appearance in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, remained there for 15 consecutive weeks, the second longest stay at the top of that chart to date. All told, the song spent 37 weeks on the Top 75

4       “Barbie Girl”      Aqua 1,722,000 1997 1

The song topped the charts worldwide, particularly in European countries such as the UK, where it was a number-one hit for three weeks.

5       “Believe”  Cher 1,672,000 1998 1

Has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold 11 million copies worldwide.

6       “Perfect Day”    Various Artists  1,550,000 1997 1

Released in October 1997 as a charity single for Children in Need, and Lou Reed said “I have never been more impressed with a performance of one of my songs.” It was the UK’s number one single for three weeks, in two separate spells. The record contributed £2,125,000 to the charity’s highest fundraising total in six years,

7       “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”   Bryan Adams     1,530,000 1991 1

Featured on the soundtrack album from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and on Adams’ album Waking Up the Neighbours. It was an enormous chart success internationally, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart (the longest in British chart history),

8       “…Baby One More Time”   Britney Spears  1,450,000 1999 1

Attained global success, reaching number one in every country it charted. It also received numerous certifications around the world, and is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.

9       “I’ll Be Missing You” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans  1,410,000 1997 1

Released in memory of The Notorious B.I.G  who was murdered on March 9, 1997. Released as the second single from Puff Daddy and the Family’s No Way Out album, “I’ll Be Missing You” contains an interpolation of the song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police from 1983.

10     “I Will Always Love You”  Whitney Houston        1,350,000 1992 1

Houston’s 10-week reign at number 1 in the U.K. set the record for the longest run at the top by a solo female artist in the history of the British singles chart.

In the second hour we started with a tribute to Reg Presley who died last week. We heard three from The Troggs in our 3@3 feature

Love is all Around/With a Girl Like You/Wild Thing

Finally I bumped into Jed Shepherd’s guests for the day – Essex Ghost Hunters. They had lots of fascinating stories to tell. I hope to be working with them in the near future to produce some spooky programme content for Phoenix. Watch this space!

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The Penultimate Top 100 of the 90’s and the Best Selling Album of the Decade

So we counted down to number 11 today in the Top 100 of The 90’s saving the top 10 for next week.

11     “My Heart Will Go On”        Celine Dion        1,310,000 1998 1

From Titanic, it went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia. “My Heart Will Go On” was released in Australia and Germany on December 8, 1997, and in the rest of the world in January and February 1998. It became Dion’s biggest hit, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world’s best-selling single of 1998.

12     “Wannabe”        Spice Girls         1,269,841 1996 1

Released as the group’s debut single in July 1996, “Wannabe” topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks

13     “Killing Me Softly”     Fugees      1,268,000 1996 1

Became a hit, reaching number two on the U.S. airplay chart, and had similar success in the United Kingdom, reaching number one, becoming 1996’s best selling single in the country

14     “Never Ever”     All Saints  1,254,000 1997 1

Debuted at three on the UK Singles Chart, until rising to number one for a sole week. The song remains the groups longest single on those charts and stayed in the top ten for fifteen weeks, but charted for twenty-six weeks.

15     “Gangsta’s Paradise”         Coolio feat. L.V.         1,246,000 1995 1

Sampled the chorus and music of the song “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder (1976). Wonder performed the song with Coolio and L.V. at the 1995 Billboard Awards.

16     “Think Twice”   Celine Dion        1,234,000 1994 1

Was a runaway hit in the UK, going on to be on the biggest-selling records of all time. It remains Dion’s second-biggest hit in the UK, eclipsed only by “My Heart Will Go On,” and is widely credited amongst British fans as cementing Dion, previously most-known in the United Kingdom for her victory in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, as a major star to British audiences.

17     “Heartbeat/Tragedy”          Steps         1,152,000 1998 1

Heartbeat / Tragedy” is the fourth single released by British pop group Steps. “Heartbeat”, written by Jackie James, was the first ballad released as a single by the group.

18     “It’s Like That” Run–D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins      1,110,000 1998 1

topped the charts in many countries including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the summit of the chart for six weeks and became the third biggest-selling single of 1998.

19     “Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!”  Teletubbies        1,100,000 1997 1

Number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in December 1997. It remained in the Top 75 for 29 weeks after its first release and three weeks more after two re-releases and sold well enough to be certified asdouble-platinum. It is mostly a remix of the theme song from the hit BBC TV show, Teletubbies.

20     “Spaceman”       Babylon Zoo       1,098,000 1996 1

On its release on 21 January 1996, it went straight to #1 on the UK Singles Chart, selling 418,000 copies in the first week of release.

21     “I Believe/Up on the Roof”        Robson & Jerome      1,093,000 1995 1

Released together with “Up on the Roof” as the B-side in 1995, and it reached No. 1 on the UK single chart. It has sold 1.11 million copies in the UK.

22     “Saturday Night”        Whigfield  1,092,000 1994 1

Danish former model Sannie Carlson aka Whigfield. The track was first released in Italy 1992 and then became a huge hit with UK holidaymakers on the Continent over the summer of 1994, leading to a huge demand for the track back in the UK.

23     “No Matter What”      Boyzone    1,074,000 1998 1

A song from the 1996 musical Whistle Down the Wind, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman and popularized by the Irish group Boyzone. The song reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart

24     “2 Become 1”    Spice Girls         1,072,073 1996 1

Released as the group’s third single in December 1996, it was generally well received by music critics and was a commercial success. It topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks, becoming the group’s third consecutive chart-topper, their second million-selling single, and their first Christmas number-one single in the United Kingdom.

25     “Earth Song”      Michael Jackson         1,038,000 1995 1

“Earth Song” remains Jackson’s best-selling single in the United Kingdom, where it sold 1.16 million copies as of November 2012. It debuted at number one, where it remained for six weeks throughout December 1995 and into the new year. During its stay at number one, “Earth Song” kept the first single released by The Beatles in 25 years, “Free as a Bird”, off the number one position. In early December, bookmakers correctly predicted that Jackson would keep The Beatles off the top position and go on to attain the Christmas number-one single

26     “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”   Eiffel 65    1,023,000 1999 1

The song is the group’s most popular single, reaching number one in the United Kingdom, as well as reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the song originally entered the Top 40 purely on import sales. It was only the third single to do this. The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards.


And the best selling album of the 90’s?

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by Oasis, released on 2 October 1995 on Creation Records. It was produced by Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher. The structure and arrangement style of the album were a significant departure from the group’s previous record Definitely Maybe. Noel Gallagher’s compositions were more focused in balladry and placed more emphasis on “huge” choruses. Music journalist John Harris also noted the strong presence of the band’s musical influences throughout the songs on the album. Among the influences that Harris noted were Gary Glitter, Stevie Wonder and most prominently, The Beatles.

The record propelled Oasis from being a crossover  indie act to a worldwide rock phenomenon. The band’s most commercially successful release, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? sold a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week on sale, spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Singles from the album were successful in Britain, America and Australia: “Some Might Say” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” reached number one in the UK and the album became the best selling album of the 90s in the UK

In 3@3 today we heard Roll With It/She’s Electric/Some Might Say

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Top 100 of the 90’s – Simply Red Stars

Part 4 counted down from number 44 – number 27.

27 “Torn” Natalie Imbruglia 982,000 1997 2
Imbruglia received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for Torn, losing to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”

28 “Wonderwall” Oasis 966,000 1995 2
“Wonderwall” reached the top ten on 13 charts, including topping charts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. The single was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song’s title was appropriated from Wonderwall, a 1968 film whose soundtrack (Wonderwall Music) was provided by George Harrison.

29 “Back For Good” Take That 959,000 1995 1
“Back for Good” is a song written by Gary Barlow. It was released in 1995 as the second single from the band’s third studio album, Nobody Else and achieved great success in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain and the UK where it topped the charts. The song went on to reach number one in over 31 countries

30 “Say You’ll Be There” Spice Girls 930,000 1996 1
Became their second number-one single in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

31 “Stay Another Day” East 17 910,000 1994 1
“Stay Another Day” is a 1994 pop song recorded by British boy band East 17. It was released in late 1994 and became their first and only UK number-one single reaching Christmas number one, and also topped the charts in Sweden, Ireland and Denmark.

32 “The Millennium Prayer” Cliff Richard 895,000 1999 1
“Millennium Prayer” was released by an independent record label, Papillon Records, after Richard’s own label EMI refused to release it. Proceeds of the single went to aid charity Children’s Promise. It was panned by the critics and many radio stations refused to play it. The song was beaten to the British Christmas number-one single for 1999 by Westlife, having been number one for the two preceding weeks. It was also Richard’s fourteenth #1 hit, and the third highest-selling single of his career.

33 “Men In Black” Will Smith 883,000 1997 1
A song by Will Smith from the movie Men in Black, in which he also starred. The song won Will Smith a Grammy in 1998 for Best Rap Solo Performance, and reached number one on charts in Australia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

34 “Mambo No. 5” Lou Bega 880,000 1999 1
“Mambo No. 5” is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Pérez Prado in 1949. The song’s popularity was renewed by Lou Bega’s sampling of the original, released under the same name on Bega’s 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.

35 “Missing (Todd Terry Remix) Everything But The Girl 870,000 1995 3
Became a worldwide success, matching Everything But the Girl’s UK best chart score of number three in November 1995

36 “Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S I Love You)” Chef 850,900 1998 1
A 1998 song from the animated comedy TV series South Park, performed by the character Chef. The song’s vocals were performed by Isaac Hayes, the voice actor for Chef. It reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom

37 “C’est la Vie” B*Witched 850,500 1998 1
The debut single by Irish girl group B*Witched, from their first album B*Witched. The single reached number one in Ireland and the United Kingdom in May 1998, as well as the top ten in numerous other countries

38 “Unchained Melody” Righteous Brothers 840,000 1990 1
This song was produced by Phil Spector in 1965, credited to The Righteous Brothers, but performed as a solo by Bobby Hatfield. “Unchained Melody” reappeared on the charts in 1990 after The Righteous Brothers’ recording was used in the box office blockbuster film Ghost. It reached #1, becoming the UK’s top selling single of 1990

39 “Return Of The Mack” Mark Morrison 837,000 1996 1
Written and recorded by Mark Morrison. It was released in England in March 1996 and reached the number one on the UK Singles Chart.

40 “Don’t Speak” No Doubt 834,000 1997 1
Released in 1996 as the third single from the band’s third studio album, Tragic Kingdom. Vocalist Gwen Stefani wrote the song about her bandmate and ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal shortly after he ended their seven-year relationship together

41 “Goodbye” Spice Girls 833,500 1998 1
Originally written as a tribute to the people who died in the Dunblane school massacre, the song was re-written and all contributions from Geri Halliwell removed after her departure from the group.

42 “Angels” Robbie Williams 828,000 1997 4
Became the singer’s biggest selling single and has been voted the best song of the past 25 years at the BRIT Awards

43 “Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls 800,000 1997 1
Despite a lukewarm reception from music critics, it was a commercial success. It topped the UK Singles Chart on 19 October 1997 for one week, becoming the group’s fifth consecutive chart-topper.

44 “9PM (Till I Come)” ATB 790,000 1999 1
Entered at number one in the United Kingdom for the week ending July 3, 1999 and stayed there for a fortnight.

3@3 featured 3 tracks from the no. 2 selling album of the 1990’s – Stars.
Stars is the fourth album by British pop/soul/jazz band Simply Red, released in September 1991. Five singles were released from the album including the UK top ten hits “Stars” and “For Your Babies”. Domestically it was a huge hit, becoming the best selling album in the UK for both 1991 and 1992 and according to the BPI certification of 12 times platinum, the joint 6th highest selling album of all time in the UK The album has sold over 11 million copies to date and is the second best selling album of the 90s in the UK. We heard – Something’s got me Started/Stars/Wonderland

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The Top 100 of The Nineties and The Spice Girls

On this wintry day we spent a couple of hours in The Nineties. Part three took us down the countdown from number 61. The music was (in reverse order) –
45 “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” Gina G 790,000 1996 1 – The United Kingdom’s entry in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. Although the song only finished in eighth place in the contest it was successful in Europe, it reached number one in the United Kingdom on 19 May 1996.
46 “Three Lions” Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 785,000 1996 1 – Released in 1996, the official anthem of the England football team for that year’s European Championships, held in England. The music was written by Ian Broudie, with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner providing the lyrics. The title comes from the emblem of the England football team
47 “Fairground” Simply Red 783,000 1995 1 – It was the first (and only) single by the group to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart. It spent four weeks at the top and fourteen weeks in the Top 40.
48 “Tubthumping” Chumbawamba 780,000 1997 2 – The term ‘tubthumper’ is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ with a populist notion or idea. It was Chumbawamba‘s most successful single, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart
49 “Livin La Vida Loca” Ricky Martin 775,700 1999 1 – Sold over 8 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling singles of all time
50 “Un-Break My Heart” Toni Braxton 770,000 1996 2 – Debuted at number four in the UK Singles Chart, reaching is peak at number two after seven weeks on the chart
51 “Children” Robert Miles 770,000 1996 2 – Was a success worldwide peaking at #1 in more than 12 countries and holding that position for several weeks.
52 “That Don’t Impress Me Much” Shania Twain 763,000 1999 3 – Became Twain’s biggest single in the UK. It debuted, at its peak, on May 22, 1999 at number three, where it remained for three weeks, and remained in the top ten for another seven weeks. It remained on the entire chart for 21 weeks
53 “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Meat Loaf 761,200 1993 1 – The title of the song confused some listeners, who were curious to know what “that” is. The song was a commercial success, reaching number one in 28 countries
54 “Mysterious Girl” Peter Andre 750,000 1996 2 – peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart
55 “Baby Come Back” Pato Banton 750,000 1994 1 – Released on 19 September 1994 and entered the chart for the week ending 1 October 1994 at #16 and reached #1 in its 5th week on the chart, where it stayed for four weeks. It was the 4th biggest selling single of 1994 in the UK.
56 “Together Again” Janet Jackson 741,000 1997 2 – Attained massive commercial success worldwide, peaking within the top five in most countries. It is among the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over six million copies worldwide.
57 “Don’t Look Back In Anger” Oasis 730,000 1996 1 – The fifth single from their hit second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. The song was written by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter, Noel Gallagher. The song became the band’s second single to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart, where it also went platinum.
58 “How Do I Live” LeAnn Rimes 713,900 1997 7 – Despite only peaking at #7 in the UK Singles Chart Rimes’ version of “How Do I Live” spent 34 weeks on the chart, ending up as the 6th best selling single of 1998.
59 “MMMBop” Hanson 712,000 1997 1 – From their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere. The song was nominated for two Grammys in February 1998, and is the band’s most successful single to date. “MMMBop” was phenomenally successful, especially for a debut single, reaching number one in 27 countries including the United States and the United Kingdom
60 “You Are Not Alone” Michael Jackson 710,000 1995 1 – The single has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and 4 million digital downloads in USA.
61 “Breathe” The Prodigy 709,000 1996 1 – Became the group’s second consecutive number-one on both the Official UK and Finnish Singles Chart.

3@3 this week was from the third best selling album of the 90s – Spice by The Spice Girls

Spice  is the debut album by the Spice Girls. It was first released by Virgin Records in November 1996 in Europe, then in February 1997 for the rest of the world.. Five singles were released from the album: “Wannabe”, “Say You’ll Be There”, “2 Become 1”, “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Mama”. The first single, “Wannabe”, went to number one in 31 countries, and the next two singles, “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1”, reached number one in 53 countries. “Who Do You Think You Are” was released as the official Comic Relief single in the UK as a double A-side with “Mama” and both songs reached the top 20 in charts across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In the band’s native UK, all four singles went to number one on the UK singles chart and, in the United States, the album produced three top five singles. Spice went on to become the third best selling album of the 90s in the UK


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The Top 100 of the 90s – 80-62 and Talk on Corners

Part two today took us from number 80 down to 62…

62     “D’You Know What I Mean?”       Oasis          707,000     1997 1

Written by Noel Gallagher and released as the first single from their third album Be Here Now (1997). It reached no. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, the third Oasis song to do so. It sold 162,000 copies in its first day and 370,000 by the end of the first week.

63     “Sweet Like Chocolate”         Shanks & Bigfoot      706,700     1999 1

Went platinum and was top 10 in a number of countries in 1999. It hit number 1 in the United Kingdom, reaching the top spot on the chart from 25 May to 23 June

64     “I Swear”  All4One         700,000  1994 2

Peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and stayed at number two for seven consecutive weeks and spent a total of 18 weeks in the chart.

65     “Nothing Compares 2 U”     Sinéad O’Connor         683,000     1990 1

A song originally written and composed by Prince, made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor, who covered the song and released it as the second single from her second studio album. It become a worldwide hit in 1990

66     “I Believe I Can Fly”   R. Kelly      675,000     1997 1

Written, produced and performed by Kelly and was featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Space Jam.

67     “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)”  Pras Michel feat. Ol’ Dirty B****rd & Mýa        670,000     1998 2

The track was produced for Pras’ debut solo studio album, Ghetto Supastar. It also features on the soundtrack for the motion picture Bulworth.

68     “Who Do You Think You Are/Mama”    Spice Girls 660,000     1997 1

In 1997, the group opened the BRIT Awards with “Who Do You Think You Are”. The Union Jack dress Geri Halliwell wore made the front page of newspapers, and is remembered as one of the most iconic symbols of Cool Britannia.

69     “Firestarter”      The Prodigy          659,000   1996 1

The group’s first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart, staying on top for three weeks. It was The Prodigy’s first big national and international hit.

70     “Flat Beat”          Mr Oizo      659,000     1999 1

Reached #1 in the UK for three weeks from March–April 1999.

71     “Too Much”        Spice Girls 657,000     1997 1

Released in December 1997, it topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, becoming the group’s second consecutive Christmas number-one single, and their sixth consecutive chart-topper, which made them the first act to have its first six singles reach number one in the United Kingdom.

72     “When the Tough Get Going”       Boyzone    653,000     1999 1

a song written and originally recorded by Billy Ocean in 1985.

73     “Sacrifice ”         Elton John 644,000     1990 1

From  the 1989 album Sleeping with the Past.

74     “Truly Madly Deeply”  Savage Garden 643,500    1998 4

Released as a single in March 1997. Written by band-mates Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, it became the main theme from the soundtrack of the movie Music from Another Room,

75     “Bring It All Back”       S Club 7         622,000 1999 1

Debut single by British pop group S Club 7.

76     “Words      Boyzone    624,000     1996 1

Became the first single from Irish Boyband Boyzone’s album A Different Beat. The single was their seventh single overall, becoming their first number one hit in the UK.

77     “Viva Forever”   Spice Girls 623,000     1998 1  –  From their second album, Spiceworld.

78     “Music Sounds Better with You” Stardust    622,000     1998 2

The song uses a sample of the song “Fate” by Chaka Khan, which appeared on her 1981 album What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me. It was also one of the highest-selling singles of the year in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number 2 in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks.

79     “Genie In A Bottle”     Christina Aguilera        613,000     1999 1  –  From her self-titled debut album.

80     “Perfect Moment”       Martine McCutcheon   610,000     1999 1

Reached number one in the UK in 1999. It was McCutcheon’s first single in which she launched a music career after leaving BBC soap EastEnders.


3 @ 3 –

Talk on Corners  is the second album by Irish band The Corrs, released in 1997. The name of the album is derived from a line from the album’s song “Queen of Hollywood”.

After its release, songs from this album were to dominate their live set for a long time to come and through the biggest growth period of the band’s career. During this album’s long reign, they worked solidly with very little time off and gained a lot of exposure with TV appearances and tours. Talk on Corners became the fourth best selling album of the 90s in the UK.

We heard – What Can I Do/Dreams/So Young

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The Top 100 of The Nineties and a Jagged Little Pill

Hey I so enjoyed this first show of the new year – For the next five weeks it’s the top 100 of the Nineties. In reverse order the tracks played today were – (followed by sales figures, year released and highest chart position)

81 “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” UB40 606,000 1993 1
Originally recorded by Elvis Presley It was featured in his 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it went on to be covered by numerous artists, including the British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the UK charts
82 “Better Off Alone” Alice Deejay 604,000 1999 2
Went on to sell over 600,000 copies in the UK and become one of the country’s best-selling singles of 1999
83 “All That She Wants” Ace Of Base 603,900 1993 1
The debut single by Swedish pop group Ace of Base.
84 “How Deep Is Your Love?” Take That 590,000 1996 1
Take That’s version of this Bee Gees classic was released as a single from their Greatest Hits compilation in 1996. The single went on to become what was to be the band’s final UK number one until their 2006 comeback single “Patience” a decade later.
85 “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice 588,000 1990 1
A hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice and DJ Earthquake. The song samples the bassline of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.
86 “Rhythm Is a Dancer” Snap! 582,700 1992 1
“Rhythm Is a Dancer” was the second single by Snap! to reach No. 1 in the United Kingdom spending six weeks at the top from August 1992. It was their biggest hit single.
87 “Mr Blobby Mr Blobby 580,000 1993 1
“Mr Blobby” was voted the worst Christmas song ever in a 2002 poll conducted by HMV
88 “Boom Boom Boom Boom” Vengaboys 577,000 1999 1
The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in June 1999
89 “If You Ever” East 17 feat. Gabrielle 575,000 1996 2
The song was the first single from East 17’s first Greatest Hits compilation Around the World Hit Singles: The Journey So Far, and was also the fourth single from Gabrielle’s second self-titled album.
90 “When You Say Nothing At All” Ronan Keating 573,000 1999 1
The debut solo single by Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating. The song was recorded in 1999 for the soundtrack of the film Notting Hill.
91 “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” Aerosmith 572,900 1998 4 Performed by American rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 Touchstone film Armageddon This song was Aerosmith’s biggest hit, reaching number 1 in many countries around the world, including Australia, the Philippines, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
92 “Killer” Adamski 567,000 1990 1
A song by Adamski and Seal. Notable for introducing Seal as a vocalist. A major hit in the UK, it reached number one, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in May 1990.
93 “Always” Bon Jovi 560,500 1994 2
A power ballad by Bon Jovi. It was released as a single from their 1994 album, Cross Road and went on to become their best selling single
94 “Doctor Jones” Aqua 565,000 1998 1
A song by Danish dance-pop group Aqua. It was released as the band’s fifth single, and their second UK release. The single is their second United Kingdom number one. The follow-up to their most successful song “Barbie Girl” “Doctor Jones” was a similarly pop-oriented hit which sold well across the globe.
95 “Without You” Mariah Carey 559,200 1994 1
A song written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of British rock group Badfinger, and first released on their 1970 album No Dice. The song has been recorded by over 180 artists, and versions released as singles by Harry Nilsson (1971) and Mariah Carey (1994) became international best-sellers. Paul McCartney once described the ballad as “…the killer song of all time.”
96 “Show Me Heaven” Maria McKee 559,000 1990 1
The theme song to the Tom Cruise movie Days of Thunder, McKee’s recording was a massive hit in the United Kingdom, spending four weeks at number-one in September 1990.
97 “No Scrubs” TLC 552,000 1999 3
Grammy Award winning song recorded by American R&B girl group TLC for their album FanMail. It was released in January 1999 as the album’s first single, “No Scrubs” became TLC’s third number-one single and eighth top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned them their second Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
98 “Breakfast at Tiffanys” Deep Blue Something 552,000 1996 1
In 1996, the song reached number five in the United States and topped the charts in the United Kingdom.
99 “The Boy is Mine” Brandy & Monica 542,000 1998 2
Awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and received nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1999
100 “Where Do You Go” No Mercy 540,000 1997 2
released in UK and Ireland in January 1997, where it spent 15 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 2, while reaching the top position in Ireland.

3@3 in the following weeks will feature tracks from the top five selling albums of the nineties and today it was the fifth best selling album – Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrissette
Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album by Canadian-American recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette and her first album released internationally. Her first studio album after a three year hiatus following her break with MCA Records, it became a commercial and critical success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide, Jagged Little Pill produced six singles, including the Grammy nominated “Ironic”. It became the fifth best selling album of the 90s in the UK
We heard – Hand in My Pocket/Perfect/Ironic
So we’ll carry on from number 80 next week…

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Happy New Year – 2012 Review – Vanquish, Doogie, Breakforcover, D’Ukes and Those we have Lost

So to the last Sunday Replay of 2012. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to all those New Year celebrations. As we find ourselves at the end of the year I thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of the highlights of 2012 on the Sunday Replay. Today we replayed some of the best sessions and interviews from some of my guests who have appeared on the show this year. We also remembered some of the great stars of music we have lost this year and heard a little of their music.

Doogie Hunter

Back on a wet day in June I was fortunate to be joined in the Phoenix FM studio by a young man with very obvious talent. Doogie Hunter from Southend came in with his Ukelele collection and blew me away not only with his musical talent but also by his personality and love for life. His music included a special Phoenix FM version of Bring Me Sunshine, adapted by Doogie himself for the show…


In March I had the pleasure of having Breakforcover as my guests in the studio. Breakforcover are a five piece local band who specialise in covering great songs from the last five decades. Chris, Stef, Kevin, Ian, and Dave are a great bunch of musicians and nice guys, who will always entertain and leave you smiling with music from diverse artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kings of Leon and The Killers,

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Breakforcover will be at

04/01/13 – The Swan, Hatfield Peverel

12/01/13 – The Bull, Corringham

For more details of gigs throughout next year visit


In October I had an extremely pleasant encounter with up and coming girl band Vanquish. Vanquish are Holly, Lizzy and Rianna and new member Kayleigh: a fun-loving, bubbly set of girls ready to storm the UK with their dance-pop music! Out to raise not only a smile but also havoc on the dancefloor, Vanquish are a fresh new girl-band for 2012.

Earlier this year Vanquish toured with world-renowned boyband Westlife on their final tour


I was lucky enough to be joined on the show twice this year by Ukelele band D’ukes. Our session in October was hampered by a few technical problems but D’ukes played on and covered for me while I sorted them out. Back in March though the session ran much more smoothly, so we heard an extract from their excellent performance that day.

You can catch D’ukes at the following gigs

26 January – 20:30 @ The Norton – Cold Norton Essex

27 January – 19:30 @ Half Moon – Putney Lonon

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During the show we also paid tribute to some of the great stars of music that we lost during 2012


Andy Williams – Can’t Get Used to Losing You

Popular crooner who sold more than 100m albums in a career that spanned eight decades

Donna Summer – I Feel Love

One of disco’s biggest stars and also had a huge influence on the synth pop and dance music scenes.

Between 1978-80, her career hit its commercial peak with a string of US hit singles including Last Dance, MacArthur Park, Bad Girls and Hot Stuff.

She won five Grammy Awards and had a further 12 nominations, becoming the first black artist to win a Grammy in a rock category – taking best rock vocal performance for Hot Stuff in 1979.

 The Bee Gees – Massachusettes

Robin Gibb was best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012 supporting injured British servicemen and women at a charity concert at the London Palladium. On 20 May 2012, Robin Gibb died at the age of 62

 The Monkees – Daydream Believer

Davy Jones was an English recording artist, actor and businessman, best known as a member of the musical group the Monkees and star of the TV series of the same name. Died : February 29, 2012

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.

Born: August 9, 1963Died: February 11, 2012

 Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

Jon Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was a composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, andThe Flower Pot Men. In 1968 Lord co-founded Deep Purple, a hard rock band of which he was regarded as the leader until 1970

It was a great 2012 on the Sunday Replay, Here’s to 2013! Happy New Year!

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Christmas Dedications on The Sunday Replay

It was over to you for your Christmas Dedications this week –

First one for me! The Beach Boys – Merry Christmas Baby

For Angela’s Mum – Michael Buble – Christmas  (Baby Please Come Home)

For Colin Etridge and Michelle Barton from Stacey and Naomi – Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas

For Bobbie From Matthew – Dean Martin – I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

For Everybody in Brentwood and his family from David – Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

For Ian from Ann – Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

Rod Stewart – Silent Night/Merry Christmas Baby (with Cee Lo Green)

Phoenix Fm Presenters – Silent Night

For Margaret and Dave Cotter from Marilyn Cotter – Nat King Cole – Unforgettable

Amy Grant – Oh Come All Ye Faithful

For Ellie and her family – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York

Mike Oldfield – In Dulce Jubilo

3 @ 3 this week was taken from Phil Spector’s Christmas Album and featured three tracks from The Ronettes – Frosty The Snowman/I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Clause/Sleigh Ride

For Val from Gwilyim Williams – Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody

Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child

For Dad from Michelle Ward – Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon

For Rob Jelly from Rob Jelly! – The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)

The Feeling – Feels Like Christmas

and our final Dedication today – From Their Teacher Miss Enticknap for all the pupils at Woodford Lodge School – Neil Diamond – Deck The Halls/We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Next a Christmas song you probably won’t have heard before – The Hound Dogs (including my son Jamie!) – Christmas Time is Here Again – and apologies to band member Matt Broadbent for accidently calling him Matt Broadband on the show! Oh Dear!

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Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas

John and Yoko – Merry Christmas (War is Over)













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Ghosts of Christmas Past – Christmas Number Ones

On today’s show we revisited some Christmas number one’s of the past, for a change though I chose hits that were not actual Christmas records as I’m sure we’ll be hearing enough of those in the coming week!

The Christmas number ones were –

Human League – Don’t You Want Me (1981)
Girls Aloud – Sound of the Underground (2002)
Elvis Presley – Return to Sender (1962)
Dave Edmunds – I Hear You Knockin’ (1970)
Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe (1958)
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall (1979)
Michael Jackson – Earth Song (1995)
Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This (2006)
Jackie Wilson – Reete Petite (1986)
Pet Shop Boys – You Were Always on my Mind (1987)
Leon Jackson – When You Believe (2007)
3@3 today featured The Beatles who topped the charts for three consecutive Christmasses in the 1960’s with –
I Want to Hold Your Hand (1963)
I Feel Fine (1964)
Day Tripper (1965)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (1992)
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (1975 & 1991)
Westlife – I Have a Dream (1999)
Scaffold – Lilly the Pink (1968)
Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal (2005)
Then it was three from The Spice Girls who achieved the same feat as The Beatles, this time in the 1990’s
2 Become 1 (1996)
Too Much (1997)
Goodbye (1998)
and we fished the show with last year’s Christmas number one –
Military Wives – Wherever You Are

Next Week on the show – Lots of Christmas Records including your requests and Christmas dedications. Have a great week!

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All The Way to Number 1 – Band Aid, The Top Selling Single of the Eighties

In the final 80’s show today we heard the top ten…..
[1] DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – Band Aid – Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid in November 1984. The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming the Christmas number one, and sold 3.69 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997 (3,690,000)
[2] RELAX – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – reached number one on the UK singles chart on 24 January 1984, ultimately becoming one of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the entire decade. (1,910,000)
[3] I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU – Stevie Wonder – became Wonder’s only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks. (1,775,000)
[4] TWO TRIBES – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The single was a phenomenal success in the UK, staying at the top of the singles chart for nine consecutive weeks, during which time the group’s previous single “Relax” climbed back up the charts to number two. It was the longest running number-one single in the UK between 1978 and 1991. (1,510,000)
[5] DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League – the Christmas number one in the UK, in 1981 (1,430,000)
[6] LAST CHRISTMAS – Wham! – The single sold well over a million copies and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach #1. A year later, it was re-issued for Christmas again and got to #6. A second re-issue at Christmas 1986—by which time Wham! had split—stalled outside the top 40. (1,420,000)
[7] KARMA CHAMELEON – Culture Club – was a huge global hit, hitting #1 in sixteen countries worldwide, and the top ten in several more. (1,405,000)
[8] CARELESS WHISPER – George Michael – Became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide. (1,365,995)
[9] THE POWER OF LOVE – Jennifer Rush – Retaining the top spot for five weeks with a total of ten weeks accrued in the Top Ten; eventually Rush’s “The Power of Love” was assessed as the most successful UK single by a female singer. (1,321,530)
[10] COME ON EILEEN – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – The song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. (1,201,000)
Sales figures in brackets.

In the second hour of today’s show we had a mix of music with a few Christmas tunes thrown in including 3@3 from Rod Stewart’s new Christmas album, also featuring Cee Lo Green and Michael Buble. I think we’ll be hearing more from this in the coming weeks. And a few more of these…
Q: What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time?
A: Sandy Claus!

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish.

Q: What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
A: Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

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Lighting Up The Top 100 of The Eighties in Brentwood and Shenfield!

Well it was a busy weekend for Phoenix and me, helping both Brentwood and Shenfield to switch on their Christmas lights. Congratulations to everyone involved in these highly successful events, the organisers, Phoenix FM presenters and the fabulous performers who entertained at both events from the Phoenix FM stage. A truly great weekend!
On to the show today…
The penultimate edition of Top 100 of The Eighties included nos. 20 – 11. I thought I’d save the top ten for next week.
[11] TAINTED LOVE – Soft Cell – composed by Ed Cobb, of The Four Preps, and was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1965. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart, and has since been covered by numerous groups and artists. (1,135,000)
[12] EYE OF THE TIGER – Survivor – released in May 1982 as a single from their third album Eye of the Tiger. It was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. The song was to be the theme song for the movie Rocky III in which Stallone was playing the main role. (990,000)
[13] BLUE MONDAY – New Order – Released in 1983 by British band New Order, and later remixed in 1988 and 1995. The song has been widely remixed and covered since its original release, and became a popular anthem in the dance club scene. (987,000)
[14] STAND AND DELIVER – Adam & The Ants – Adam and the Ants’ most successful single. It entered the UK Top 40 at Number One, stayed there for five weeks (985,000)
[15] ESPECIALLY FOR YOU – Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan – The single was released on 28 November 1988 and was written by Stock Aitken Waterman. (982,000)
[16] THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT – Tight Fit – a UK No.1 for three weeks (978,000)
[17] FAME – Irene Cara – Released in 1982, coinciding with the UK premiere of the Fame television series. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. (975,000)
[18] GHOSTBUSTERS – Ray Parker Junior – the theme to the film of the same name starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 16 September 1984, where it stayed for three weeks. (974,500)
[19] UPTOWN GIRL – Billy Joel – written and performed by musician Billy Joel, first released in 1983 on his album An Innocent Man. The lyrics describe a working-class “downtown man” attempting to woo a wealthy “uptown girl.” (974,000)
[20] RIDE ON TIME – Black Box – “Ride on Time” became a massive hit in Italy and then worldwide. The song spent six weeks at No.1 in the United Kingdom, ultimately becoming the biggest selling single of 1989 (973,850)
Last episode next week.
I then played…
Michael Buble – I Haven’t met You Yet
Travis – Flowers in the Window
Goyte – Somebody I Used to Know
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Slade – Cum on Feel The Noize (To prove that they did make other records than the one that will drive us all mad in the next few weeks!)
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down

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The Top 100 of the Eighties Part 4 and Whitney Houston

Part 4 today included some solid gold and one or two turkeys! Well it’ll soon be Christmas after all…
In reverse order –
[21] SWING THE MOOD – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers – despite being derided by critics it became a massive hit in the United Kingdom spending 5 weeks at the top in July and August 1989, partly aided by the Jive Bunny animated character. The record became a worldwide phenomenon, (940,000)
[22] DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME – Culture Club – became a UK number one single for three weeks in October 1982. (905,000)
[23] HELLO – Lionel Richie – In an interview on Channel 4 Richie said he had been thanked by a large number of normally tongue-tied men who had proposed marriage after a slow dance to the song. (860,000)
[24] I KNOW HIM SO WELL – Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson – The duet was number one in the UK for four weeks in 1985 (820,000)
[25] IMAGINE – John Lennon – Following Lennon’s murder in 1980, the single re-entered the UK chart and was number one for four weeks in January 1981. “Imagine” was re-released as a single in the UK in 1988, peaking at number 45, and again in 1999, reaching number three. It is Lennon’s best-selling single in the UK and as of 2012, has sold 1,600,000 copies (810,000 – sales in the eighties alone)
[26] DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME – The Police – concerns a schoolgirl’s crush on her young teacher and the teacher’s nervousness about the situation. The Police won the 1982 “Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for this song. (800,000)
[27] AGADOO – Black Lace – peaked at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and spent 30 weeks in the top 75. It went on to become the eighth best-selling single of 1984 in the UK. (790,000)
[28] WOMAN IN LOVE – Barbra Streisand – Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write an album for her. This album ultimately became Guilty. “Woman in Love”, as the lead single, became one of the most successful songs of Streisand’s music career. (780,000)
[29] RED RED WINE – UB40 – originally recorded by American artist Neil Diamond. It has been covered by Tony Tribe, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds, and more famously by British reggae group UB40, whose version topped the U.S. and UK singles charts. (770,000)
[30] ANTMUSIC – Adam & the Ants – peaked at #2 in January 1981, being held off the top by the re-release of John Lennon’s “Imagine” after his murder in New York City in December 1980. (765,000)
[31] INTO THE GROOVE – Madonna – from the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. It was featured on the 1985 re-issue of her second studio album, Like A Virgin, and released on July 23, 1985 by Sire Records as the album’s fourth single outside North America. (760,000)
[32] SAVE YOUR LOVE – Renee & Renato – “Save Your Love” entered the UK charts in October 1982 at number 54. However, it began to pick up sales during the Christmas period, and seven weeks after its debut was at the top of the charts, resulting in it being played on Top of the Pops and many radio stations. (760,000)
[33] FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE – Kelly Marie – (755,000)
[34] PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth – number one on the UK singles charts for three weeks in October 1982 and selling 5 million copies worldwide. (755,000)
[35] NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP – Rick Astley – written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The song was released as the first single from Astley’s multi-million selling debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody. The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at number one for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, (750,000)
[36] PRINCE CHARMING – Adam & The Ants – a UK number one single for 4 weeks in September 1981 (750,000)
[37] MISTLETOE AND WINE – Cliff Richard – His 99th single, it became his 12th UK number one single, spending four weeks at the top in December 1988 – selling 750,000 copies in the process. It was the best-selling single of 1988 in the UK. (745,000)
[38] DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY – Communards – First charting as a hit for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, an act on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label in 1975, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” was later a hit single for both Thelma Houston and The Communards. (745,000)
[39] I DON’T WANNA DANCE – Eddy Grant – was a #1 single for three weeks in November 1982. It was also released in the US in the fall of 1983. Written and produced by Grant, it was the most successful of his solo singles in the UK and his first number one since “Baby Come Back” by The Equals in 1968. (745,000)
[40] THIS OLE HOUSE – Shakin’ Stevens (740,000)

We also heard a mix of hits from one of the top selling artists of the 80’s – Whitney Houston

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The Top 100 of the 80’s Part 3 and Queen at Live Aid

Freddie and Queen at Live Aid

This 60 – 41 of the Top 100 of the 80’s – in reverse order –
[41] LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE – Bucks Fizz (740,000)
[42] NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW – Starship (740,000)


[43] VIENNA – Ultravox (735,000) notable for spending 4 consecutive weeks at #2 in the UK singles chart without ever getting to #1. “Vienna” was kept off the UK #1 slot by John Lennon’s “Woman” for a week, and then by Joe Dolce’s novelty hit, “Shaddap You Face”, for a further 3 weeks, although “Vienna” did sell more copies than either of these records and ranked as the 5th best selling UK single for 1981.

[44] SEVEN TEARS – Goombay Dance Band (735,000) was a major hit across Europe in the winter and spring of 1982. The song spent 3 weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart[1] being only the second time a German act had topped the UK chart

[45] FREEDOM – Wham! (735,000)

[46] ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE – Michael Jackson (730,000)

[47] MAKING YOUR MIND UP – Bucks Fizz (730,000) the winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and a UK Number-one single. Released in March 1981, it was Bucks Fizz’s debut single, the group having been formed just two months earlier.

[48] SUPER TROUPER – ABBA (730,000) was a yet another successful single for ABBA. It topped the charts in Belgium, West Germany, Great Britain (their 9th and final #1 in the UK),

[49] BIRDIE SONG – Tweets (725,000) It didn’t even have any lyrics but the Birdie Song – the maddening tune which prompted displays of appalling dancing throughout the 1980s, has been voted the most annoying song of all time.

[50] 19 – Paul Hardcastle (725,000) “19” topped the pop charts in the UK for five weeks, and reached the top twenty in the US, where it also topped the dance chart. For a while, it was the top selling single in thirteen countries (helped by the fact that versions of the song were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese), and it received the Ivor Novello award for Bestselling Single Of 1985.

[51] EVERY LOSER WINS – Nick Berry (725,000)

[52] SHADDUP YOU FACE – Joe Dolce Music Theatre (720,000) went to Number 1 on the Australian pop charts in 1980. It reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on 21 February 1981 and stayed there for three weeks until 14 March 1981.

[53] LIKE A VIRGIN – Madonna (720,000)

[54] I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU – Boris Gardiner (720,000)

[55] REETE PETITE – Jackie Wilson (715,000) It was his first solo hit after leaving the legendary R&B group The Dominoes and, over the years, has become one of his biggest international chart successes.

[56] D.I.S.C.O. – Ottawan (715,000) was first recorded in 1979 and reached number 2 in the UK singles chart the following year. The song’s name comes from the lyrics in its chorus, in which a woman is claimed to be ‘DISCO’, with each letter of the word standing for a certain quality, except O which simply leads to singing ‘oh, oh, oh!’

[57] FRANKIE – Sister Sledge (715,000) The song was written by Joy Denny, after dreaming the song while on a flight. Despite the success of Frankie Goes to Hollywood at the time it was not about them as commonly thought but singer Frank Sinatra. The song was produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers. The Sisters suggested the song to him, but he hated it on first hearing. A week later he went back to them saying he couldn’t stop singing it and so he insisted the band record it.

[58] I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS – Foreigner (710,000)

[59] THE TIDE IS HIGH – Blondie (710,000) “The Tide Is High” is a 1967 song written by John Holt, originally performed by the Jamaican group The Paragons, with John Holt as lead singer. The song was rediscovered in 1980, when it became a US/UK number one hit for the American band Blondie.

[60] LET’S DANCE – David Bowie (710,000)

Sales figures in brackets.

We also heard an excerpt from Queen’s fabulous live performance at the Live Aid Concert in July 1985

Continuing next week from no. 40 and including an 80’s Christmas hit from Cliff… Well it’ll only be a month away by then!

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The Top 100 of the Eighties Part Two

In today’s show we counted down from 80 to 61. We took a look at some of the events of 1982 and 1983 and relived a couple of the top TV moments of the Eighties. Along with a mix of some of Prince’s biggest hits the music was –
[61] TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART – Bonnie Tyler (705,000)

[62] TRUE – Spandau Ballet (705,000) The song was a huge worldwide hit, peaking at number one in the UK for four weeks in the spring of 1983, becoming the sixth biggest selling single of the year, and charting highly in 20 other countries.

[63] CHAIN REACTION – Diana Ross (705,000)

[64] WE ALL STAND TOGETHER – Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus (700,000)

[65] THE ONLY WAY IS UP – Yazz & the Plastic Population (700,000) In 1988, it became a chart-topping single for Yazz and the Plastic Population. The song became the official theme tune for ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex.

[66] LIVING DOLL – Cliff Richard & The Young Ones (700,000)

[67] EBONY AND IVORY – Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder (695,000)

[68] ONLY YOU – Flying Pickets (695,000) The group chose the name The Flying Pickets as band members had played a part in the UK miners strikes of 1972 and 1974.They had a Christmas number one hit in 1983 in the UK Singles Chart with their cover of Yazoo’s track “Only You”.

[69] YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY – Shakin’ Stevens (690,000)

[70] WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO – Wham! (690,000)

[71] LADY IN RED – Chris De Burgh (685,000)

[72] GENO – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (685,000) The song is a tribute to soul singer Geno Washington, and performed in the style of Geno Washington’s Ram Jam Band. The “Geno! Geno! Geno!” chant at the beginning and end of the song is reminiscent of Washington’s 1960s performances, whereby the shows’ compères would excite the audience before Washington took to the stage.

[73] DOWN UNDER – Men At Work (680,000)

[74] DANCING IN THE STREET – David Bowie & Mick Jagger (680,000) Produced as part of the Live Aid campaign, the video was shown twice at the Live Aid event. Soon afterwards the track was issued as a single, with all profits going to the charity. “Dancing in the Street” topped the UK charts for four weeks, and reached number seven in the United States
[75] A TOWN CALLED MALICE – The Jam (675,000) Entered the chart at number one on the British music charts, staying at the top for three weeks, and preventing “Golden Brown” by The Stranglers from reaching number one. It was the band’s third number-one single in the UK. Paul Weller has said that it was written about his hometown Woking as a result of his teenage experiences there.
[76] I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY – Kylie Minogue (670,000)

[77] TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL – Fern Kinney (670,000) was the first and only #1 single in the UK for Fern Kinney. The song reached #1 on the UK singles chart for a single week in March 1980.

[78] COWARD OF THE COUNTY – Kenny Rogers (670,000)

[79] I FEEL FOR YOU – Chaka Khan (665,000) written by Prince and originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album. Recorded by Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
Harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s “Fingertips”. The repetition of Khan’s name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin who then decided to keep it.

[80] GHOST TOWN – Specials (665,000)

Sales figures in brackets.
Tune in next week when we’ll continue from number 60…

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The Eighties Top 100 – Part One

Were you wearing this?

Ah the Eighties! In the coming weeks on Sunday Replay we’ll count down the Top 100 singles of that fabulous decade as well as taking a look at year-by-year events and the top TV moments, Fashion, and hearing Megamixes from some of the top selling artists

Today we covered hits 100 through to 81. In reverse order they were as follows. Sales figures are in brackets.
[81] I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY – Whitney Houston (660,000)
[82] MOVE CLOSER – Phyllis Nelson (660,000)
[83] (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER – John Lennon (655,000) – written and performed by John Lennon for his album, Double Fantasy”. It was released as a single on 24 October 1980 and reached number one in both the USA and UK two weeks after he was murdered.
[84] IT’S MY PARTY – Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin (655,000)
[85] BEING WITH YOU – Smokey Robinson (650,000) – The song was a number one hit in the UK for two weeks in June 1981, becoming Robinson’s second UK #1 single and his first as a solo artist.
[86] WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU/FORGIVE ME GIRL – Detroit Spinners (650,000)
[87] WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH – Billy Ocean (645,000)
[88] BILLIE JEAN – Michael Jackson (645,000)
[89] 9 TO 5 (MORNING TRAIN) – Sheena Easton (640,000)
Easton had released one single prior to “9 to 5”: “Modern Girl”. This had failed to chart highly, but after exposure on the BBC documentary, The Big Time, both “9 to 5” and “Modern Girl” were propelled into the top ten at the same time, making her the first female artist to achieve this feat. “9 to 5” became a top three hit and was one of the best-selling singles of 1981
[90] A GOOD HEART – Feargal Sharkey (640,000)
Former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey’s third solo single. A UK Number One single for two weeks in November 1985. Background vocals on the song’s choruses were sung by Boy George.
[91] BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness (635,000)
It was released as a single on September 5, 1980 and spent 20 weeks in UK charts, reaching a high of No.3. It was the 11th best-selling single of 1980 in the UK. The music video of this song was shot in a school and park of Kentish Town. The band’s saxophone player,Lee Thompson decided he wanted to fly through the air for his solo, with the use of wires hanging from a crane. The resulting shot is one of the most popular of any Madness music videos.
[92] TAKE ON ME – A-Ha (635,000)

[93] HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Altered Images (630,000)

A single from their 1981 album Happy Birthday. The song entered the UK charts on 26 September 1981, and peaked at number 2 on 31 October, holding that position for three weeks
[94] HANDS UP (GIVE ME YOUR HEART) – Ottawan (630,000)

[95] ASHES TO ASHES – David Bowie (625,000)

[96] WOMAN – John Lennon (625,000)
“Woman” was the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and the first Lennon single issued after his death on 8 December 1980.
[97] LOVE AND PRIDE – King (620,000)

[98] GOLDEN BROWN – Stranglers (620,000)

[99] ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) – Lionel Richie (615,000)
Hit single for Lionel Richie from 1983. Taken from his second solo album, Can’t Slow Down, it combined Richie’s soulful Commodores style with Caribbean influences. In the UK, it was kept off the top spot by Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. This track was sung in English and Swahili, but with one word in Spanish.

[100] LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE – Paul Young (615,000)

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The Beatles

Final Beatles episode today – From next week – The top 100 of the Eighties.

and in The End...

Yellow Submarine
The Yellow Submarine LP, issued in January 1969, contained only the four previously unreleased songs that had debuted in the film, along with the title track, “All You Need Is Love”, seven instrumental pieces composed by George Martin and “It’s All Too Much
Lady Madonna
Next came The Beatles, a double LP commonly known as the White Album for its virtually featureless cover. During the sessions for the White Album The Beatles recorded a new single Hey Jude.
Hey Jude
During recording sessions for the White album, relations among the band’s members grew openly divisive. Ringo Starr quit for two weeks, and McCartney took over the drum kit for “Dear Prudence” and “Back in the U.S.S.R.” (on which Harrison and Lennon drummed as well)
Back in the USSR
John Lennon had lost interest in collaborating with Paul McCartney, and tensions were further aggravated by Lennon’s romantic preoccupation with Yoko Ono, whom he insisted on bringing to the sessions despite the group’s well-established understanding that girlfriends were not allowed in the studioGlass Onion
McCartney recalled that the album “wasn’t a pleasant one to make.” Both he and Lennon identified the sessions as the start of the band’s break-up.
Issued in November, the White Album attracted more than two million advance orders, selling nearly four million copies in the US in little over a month.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Although “Let It Be” was the band’s final album release, it was largely recorded before Abbey Road. Martin said the project was “not at all a happy recording experience. It was a time when relations between The Beatles were at their lowest”. Lennon described the largely impromptu sessions as “hell … the most miserable … on Earth”, and Harrison, “the low of all-time”.
Let it Be
Aggravated by both McCartney and Lennon, Harrison walked out for five days. Upon returning, he threatened to leave the band unless they “abandoned all talk of live performance and instead focus on finishing a new album, initially titled Get Back, using songs recorded for the TV special. He also demanded they cease work at Twickenham and relocate to the newly finished Apple Studios. The other band members agreed, and the idea came about to salvage the footage shot for the TV production for use in a feature film.
What would be their final live performance was filmed on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building at 3 Savile Row, London, on 30 January 1969.
Get Back
New strains developed between the band members regarding the appointment of a financial adviser. Lennon, Harrison and Starr favoured Allen Klein, who had managed the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke; McCartney wanted John Eastman, brother of Linda Eastman, whom McCartney married on 12 March (eight days before Lennon and Ono wed). Ballad of John and Yoko
Martin said he was surprised when McCartney asked him to produce another album, as the Get Back sessions had been “a miserable experience” and he had “thought it was the end of the road for all of us”. The primary recording sessions for Abbey Road began on 2 July.
Come Together
Lennon wanted his and McCartney’s songs to occupy separate sides of the album. The eventual format, with individually composed songs on the first side and the second consisting largely of a medley, was McCartney’s suggested compromise. Lennon announced his departure to the rest of the group on 20 September, but agreed to withhold a public announcement
Released six days after Lennon’s declaration, Abbey Road sold four million copies within three months and topped the UK charts for a total of seventeen weeks. Its second track, the ballad “Something”, was issued as a single—the only Harrison composition ever to appear as a Beatles A-side.
For the still unfinished Get Back album, one last song, Harrison’s “I Me Mine”, was recorded on 3 January 1970. Lennon, in Denmark at the time, did not participate. In March, the project, now retitled Let It Be, was given to producer Phil Spector. In addition to remixing the material, Spector edited, spliced and overdubbed several of the recordings that had been intended as “live”. McCartney was unhappy with the producer’s approach and particularly dissatisfied with the lavish orchestration on “The Long and Winding Road”, which involved a fourteen-voice choir and thirty-six-piece instrumental ensemble. McCartney’s demands that the alterations to the song be reverted were ignored, and he publicly announced his departure from the band on 10 April 1970.
The Long and Winding Road
On 8 May the Spector-produced Let It Be was released. Its accompanying single, “The Long and Winding Road”, was the band’s last; it was released in the United States, but not Britain. The Let It Be documentary film followed later that month. Sunday Telegraph critic Penelope Gilliatt called it “a very bad film and a touching one … about the breaking apart of this reassuring, geometrically perfect, once apparently ageless family of siblings
As John Lennon said, The Beatles were just a band, but they were much else as well. They were the soundtrack to my childhood and early teens. They influenced the shape of music to come and artists of the future. They were an influence on social change throughout the world, and they left us not only with a catalogue of some of the best music on the planet, but a message of love. Love is all you need, and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.
Mean Mr Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through The Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
Free as a Bird
Real Love

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The Beatles Story Episode 3 – 3@3 Paul McCartney – and D’Ukes

I much enjoyed today’s show despite a few technical problems. We started with The Beatles. Episode 3
Paperback Writer
In 1966 during a tour of the Philippines, the group unintentionally snubbed the nation’s first lady, Imelda Marcos, who had expected them to attend a breakfast reception at the Presidential Palace. When presented with the invitation, Epstein politely declined on the band members’ behalf, as it had never been his policy to accept such official invitations. They soon found that the Marcos regime was unaccustomed to taking “no” for an answer. The resulting riots endangered the group and they escaped the country with difficulty. Immediately afterward, the band members visited India for the first time.
Almost as soon as they returned home, they faced a fierce backlash from US religious and social conservatives (as well as the Ku Klux Klan) over a comment Lennon had made in a March interview with British reporter Maureen Cleave – We’re more popular than Jesus now.” The comment went virtually unnoticed in England, but when US teenage fan magazine Datebook printed it five months later—on the eve of the group’s August US tour—it sparked a controversy with Christians in the American “Bible Belt”.
Rubber Soul had marked a major step forward; Revolver, released in August 1966 a week before the band’s final tour, marked another.
Revolver featured sophisticated songwriting, studio experimentation, and a greatly expanded repertoire of musical styles. Among Revolver’s experimental songs was “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Its creation involved eight tape decks distributed about the EMI building, each manned by an engineer or band member, who randomly varied the movement of a tape loop while Martin created a composite recording by sampling the incoming data.
Tomorrow Never Knows
In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Revolver as the third greatest album of all time.
Eleanor Rigby
As preparations were made for their final US tour, the band members knew that their music would hardly be heard. Having originally used Vox AC30 amplifiers, they later acquired more powerful 100-watt amplifiers, but these were still inadequate. Struggling to compete with the volume of sound generated by screaming fans, the band decided to make the August tour their last.
Freed from the burden of touring, the band embraced an increasingly experimental approach as they returned to the studio.
The sessions initially yielded the non-album double A-side single “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” in February 1967
Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
Work began on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, beginning in late November 1966. According to engineer Geoff Emerick, the album’s recording took over seven hundred hours.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Geoff Emerick recalled the band’s insistence “that everything on Sgt. Pepper had to be different. We had microphones right down in the bells of brass instruments and headphones turned into microphones attached to violins. We used giant primitive oscillators to vary the speed of instruments and vocals and we had tapes chopped to pieces and stuck together upside down and the wrong way around.”
Parts of “A Day in the Life” featured a forty-piece orchestra. The musical complexity of the records, created using relatively primitive four-track recording technology, astounded contemporary artists. Among music critics, acclaim for the album was virtually universal.
A Day In The Life
Sgt. Pepper was the first major pop/rock LP to include its complete lyrics, which appeared on the back cover.
Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds
On 25 June the band performed their forthcoming single, “All You Need Is Love”, to an estimated 350 million viewers on Our World, the first live global television link.
All You Need is Love
Two months later the group suffered a loss that threw their career into turmoil. Having been introduced to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi only the previous night in London, on 25 August they travelled to Bangor for his Transcendental Meditation retreat. Two days later, their manager’s assistant Peter Brown phoned to inform them that Epstein had died. The coroner ruled the death an accidental carbitol overdose, though it was widely rumoured a suicide. His death left the group disorientated and fearful about the future.
Hello Goodbye
Magical Mystery Tour; the soundtrack to a forthcoming Beatles television film, was released in the UK as a six-track double EP in early December 1967. First aired on Boxing Day, the Magical Mystery Tour film, largely directed by McCartney, brought the group their first major negative UK press.
Magical Mystery Tour/Flying
Next Week here on the Sunday Replay, 1968 to The End, The final episode of our tribute to the Beatles
3@3 from Paul McCartney – My Love/Maybe I’m Amazed/ Live and Let Die
Then it was the fabulous D’Ukes!
D’Ukes are an Essex based ukulele band including singers, bass and percussion that perform a huge variety of music to suit all
tastes all on different types of ukuleles! Formed in 2009 by Dave Warren, a guitar and ukulele teacher, D’Ukes are a diverse group
of musicians from across the Essex region (including Chelmsford, Romford, Hornchurch, Grays, Braintree and Hatfield Peverel)
whose interests cover the complete musical spectrum. What brings them together is an enthusiasm for playing a small instrument
with 4 nylon strings – the Ukulele! The music is an eclectic mix spanning songs by artists as diverse as the Beach Boys, Amy
Winehouse, Deep Purple, Johnny Cash, Blondie, and Radiohead. D’Ukes are Geri Aldwinckle (Uke & Vocals); Martin Burdikin (Uke
& Vocals); Jamie Gurnett (Uke & Vocals); John Mattock (Bass Uke); Phil Seeley (Uke & Vocals); Brian Smith (Lead Uke & Backing
Vocals); Hazel Smith (Uke & Vocals); Dave Warren (Lead Uke & Bass Uke).
Unfortunately the session was beset with a few technical problems with the Phoenix computer but D’Ukes rose to the occasion and even performed an extra song to cover me whilst I got things sorted out. Apologies to D’Ukes for this and thanks for your help. You can hear the session again here

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The Beatles Episode 2 – 3@3 – George Harrison

Episode Two
Today on the Sunday Replay we continued our tribute to The Beatles 50 years after the release of their 1st single Love me Do. Last week took us up to late 1964 in the Beatles story. We continued with the Christmas No 1 of 1964 –
I Feel Fine
The band’s fourth studio LP, Beatles for Sale, evidenced a growing conflict between the commercial pressures of the band’s global success and their creative ambitions. They had intended the album, recorded between August and October 1964, to continue the format established by A Hard Day’s Night which, unlike the band’s first two LPs, contained only original songs. The band, however, had nearly exhausted their backlog of songs on the previous album, and given the challenges constant international touring posed to the band’s songwriting efforts, Lennon admitted, “Material’s becoming a hell of a problem”. As a result, six covers from their extensive repertoire were chosen to complete the album.
Rock & Roll Music
She’s A Woman Live
The Beatles’ road manager, Neil Aspinall, later reflected: “No band today would come off a long US tour at the end of September, go into the studio and start a new album, still writing songs, and then go on a UK tour, finish the album in five weeks, still touring, and have the album out in time for Christmas. But that’s what The Beatles did at the end of 1964. Released in early December, Beatles for Sale’s eight original compositions stood out, demonstrating the growing maturity of the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership.
Eight Days A Week
What You’re Doing
Controversy erupted in June 1965 when Elizabeth II appointed all four Beatles Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
The Beatles’ second film, Help!, again directed by Richard Lester, was released in July. Ticket To Ride
You’ve Got to hide your Love Away
The accompanying album to the film Help, the group’s fifth studio LP, contained all original material save for two covers, “Act Naturally” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”
I Need You
The band’s third US tour opened with a performance before a world-record crowd of 55,600 at New York’s Shea Stadium on 15 August 1965
Day Tripper
In mid-October 1965, the band entered the recording studio; for the first time in making an album, they had an extended period without other major commitments. Released in December, Rubber Soul has been hailed by critics as a major step forward in the maturity and complexity of the band’s music.
Norwegan Wood
The song “In My Life”, of which each later claimed lead authorship, is considered a highlight of the entire Lennon–McCartney catalogue.
In My Life
If I Needed Someone
Harrison called Rubber Soul his “favourite album” and Starr referred to it as “the departure record”. McCartney said, “We’d had our cute period, and now it was time to expand.” However, recording engineer Norman Smith later stated that the studio sessions revealed signs of growing conflict within the group—”the clash between John and Paul was becoming obvious”, he wrote.
Nowhere Man
Drive My Car
Next Week, Part Three takes us through The Beatles Story from 1966 -1968, Don’t miss it, here on the Sunday Replay in association with Kirby’s Coaches, Here on Phoenix FM

3@3 This week was from George Harrison
Like other members of the Beatles, George Harrison came from a working class family in Liverpool. Born just before midnight on February 24, 1943, he was the youngest of four children. He claims to have had an epiphany of sorts when he was 12 or 13 years old – while riding his bike around, he heard Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” playing from a nearby house and was instantly hooked on music. He spent £3 (a lot of money in those days) on his first guitar and started devoting his time to music, practicing along to records of his early musical heroes like American rockabilly idol Carl Perkins and British skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan.
Harrison’s subdued lead guitar style combined elements of rockabilly and country and helped shape the sound of mid-1960s pop music
George Harrison once remarked that life doesn’t take long to go from age seventeen to fifty-seven. It’s hard to believe that it’s now eleven years since the youngest Beatle died.

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The Beatles Story Part One – and Vanquish

I was delighted to be joined in the studio today by up and coming girl band Vanquish. More on that later but first part one of the Beatles Story…

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

50 years ago this month The Beatles issued their first successful single “Love Me Do” During October on Sunday Replay I’m going to pay tribute to the band that changed music forever and made their way into the hearts of the nation.
Love Me Do.
In March 1957, John Lennon, then aged sixteen, formed a skiffle group with several friends from Quarry Bank school. They briefly called themselves the Blackjacks, before changing their name to the Quarrymen Fifteen-year-old Paul McCartney joined as a rhythm guitarist shortly after he and Lennon met that July. In February 1958 McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to watch the group. The fourteen-year-old auditioned for Lennon, who was impressed by his playing but initially thought him too young for the band. After a month of persistence, Harrison joined as lead guitarist.

That’ll be The Day
By January 1959 Lennon’s Quarry Bank friends had left the group. The three guitarists, billing themselves at least three times as Johnny and the Moondogs, were playing rock and roll whenever they could find a drummer. Lennon’s art school friend Stu Sutcliffe, who had recently sold one of his paintings and purchased a bass guitar, joined in January 1960. They became the Silver Beetles, before undertaking a brief tour of Scotland as the backing group for pop singer and fellow Liverpudlian Johnny Gentle. By early July they changed their name to the Silver Beatles, and by the middle of August they changed it to the Beatles.

Released in early October, “Love Me Do” peaked at number seventeen on the Record Retailer chart. The Beatles’ television début came later that month with a live performance on the regional news programme People and Places. A studio session in late November yielded another recording of “Please Please Me”, of which Martin accurately predicted, “You’ve just made your first No.1.”
Please Please Me
In December 1962, the band concluded their fifth and final Hamburg stint. By 1963, Lennon and McCartney had established a songwriting partnership, and as the band’s success grew, their dominant collaboration limited Harrison’s opportunities as a lead vocalist. Ten songs were recorded for Please Please Me, released in March 1963, supplemented by the four tracks already released on their two singles.
From Me To You
“From Me to You”, came out in April 1963 and was also a chart-topping hit, starting an almost unbroken string of seventeen British number one singles for the band, including all but one of the eighteen they released over the next six years. Released in August, the band’s fourth single, “She Loves You”, achieved the fastest sales of any record in the UK up to that time, selling three-quarters of a million copies in under four weeks. It became their first single to sell a million copies, and remained the biggest-selling record in the UK until 1978 when it was surpassed by “Mull of Kintyre”, by McCartney’s post-Beatles band, Wings.
She Loves You
Their popularity brought increasing press attention, to which the band members responded with an irreverent and comical attitude that defied what was expected of pop musicians at the time, inspiring even more interest.
The band toured the UK three times in the first half of 1963
On 24 October The Beatles Performed live for Sveriges Radio in Stockholm Sweden, We heard Four tracks from that performance.
I Saw Her Standing There
You Really Got a Hold on Me
Roll Over Beethoven
Upon their return to the UK on the 31st, they were greeted in heavy rain at Heathrow Airport by “several hundred screaming fans”, and fifty to a hundred journalists and photographers as well as representatives from the BBC
I Want To Hold Your Hand
On 2nd December 1963 The Beatles travelled to ATV studios in Borehamwood and appeared on The Morecambe and Wise Show
When Ed Sullivan’s plane was forced to circle London’s Heathrow Airport in the middle of the night in order to permit something called The Beatles to land first so that they could be transported safely through thousands of their screaming fans, he decided then and there to sign them for his television show.
All My Loving (Ed Sulivan)
A day later their first US concert saw Beatlemania erupt at Washington Coliseum.
A Hard Day’s Night
Directed by Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night involved the band for six weeks in March–April 1964 as they played themselves in a mock-documentary. The film premiered in London and New York in July and August, respectively, and was an international success, with some critics drawing comparison with the Marx Brothers. The Beatles held twelve positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during the week of 4 April, including the top five.
Can’t Buy Me Love (From Anthology)
The Beatles toured internationally in June and July. Staging thirty-seven shows over twenty-seven days in Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. In August they returned to the US, with a thirty-concert tour of twenty-three cities.
You Can’t Do That From Anthology
Tune in next week for part two – which will take us through to the end of 1965 in the Beatles story – on Sunday Replay sponsored by Kirbys Coaches here on Phoenix FM.

Then it was the turn of Vanquish –


Me and the Fabulous Vanquish Girls

Vanquish are Holly, Lizzy and Rianna and new member Kayleigh: a fun-loving, bubbly set of girls ready to storm the UK with their dance-pop music! Out to raise not only a smile but also havoc on the dancefloor, Vanquish are a fresh new girl-band for 2012.

Earlier this year Vanquish toured with world-renowned boyband Westlife on their final tour

A Short But Sweet Performance From Vanquish here –

You can hear the complete interview here –

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1960 – The Beatles – Andy Williams – Frank Wilson

The final show of the top hits of the past 5 decades concluded at the start – 1960. The music we heard was
Eddie Cochran – Three steps to Heaven
Hollywood Argyles – Alley Oop
Johnny Preston – Running Bear
Ricky Valance – Tell Laura I Love Her
Roy Orbison – Only the Lonely
Lonnie Donegan – My Old Man’s a Dustman
The top ten selling singles of 1960 were –
1 Cathy’s Clown The Everly Brothers

2 Please Don’t Tease –  The single also reached the #1 spot in India, Holland, New Zealand, Norway and Thailand selling 1.6 million worldwide. – Cliff Richard

3 The Girl Of My Best Friend / A Mess Of Blues –  Elvis Presley

4 Handy Man –  Jimmy Jones

5 It’s Now Or Never – “It’s Now or Never” was a number-one record in the U.S., spending five weeks at number one and the U.K., where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 –  Elvis Presley

6 Apache – topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks – The Shadows

7 Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters

8 Why –  Anthony Newley

9 Because They’re Young – from the movie, Because They’re Young whose title song became the biggest hit record of Eddy’s career – Duane Eddy

10 Shakin’ All Over  – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

As a preview to next month’s special shows 3@3 today was from The Beatles – All My Loving (from their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show)/Norwegian Wood/Get Back

Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock n Roll

Then as a tribute to Andy Williams Who sadly died on Tuesday – Can’t Get Used to Losing You/Can’t Take My Eyes off of You

Andy with Kermit - Photo by David Dagley / Rex Features

Robbie Neville  -C’est La Vie

Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me

Ruby Turner – I would Rather Go Blind

Roy Ayres – Running Away

Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Played as a tribute to Frank who died on Thursday

Nora Jones – Don’t Know Why

Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin

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2009 Bon Jovi and Bad 25

In the penultimate show of the top hits of the last 5 decades (only 1960 to go next week now) we travelled back to 2009 –
Pixie Lott – Boys and Girls
JLS – Everybody in Love
The top selling tunes of the year were –

1 Lady Gaga –  “Poker Face” climbed to number one, giving Gaga her second consecutive British number one single.
2 The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling” produced by the French DJ David Guetta

3 Lady Gaga featuring Colby O’Donis – “Just Dance” released as the lead single from Gaga’s debut studio album The Fame.

4 Cheryl Cole – “Fight for This Love” Following her first performance of the song on The X Factor it topped charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
5 Joe McElderry X Factor winnner – “The Climb”

6 La Roux – “In for the Kill” nominated for Best Dance Recording at the 2011 Grammy Awards

7 The Black Eyed Peas –  “Boom Boom Pow”

8 Rage Against the Machine –  “Killing in the Name”  Rage Against the Machine takes the Christmas number one slot in the United Kingdom with “Killing in the Name”, after a massive Facebook campaign.
9 Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida – “Bad Boys” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming Burke’s second consecutive chart-topper, selling over 187,000 copies in its first week, a total of 710,000 copies to date.
10 The Black Eyed Peas – “Meet Me Halfway” released as the third promotional single from their fifth studio album The E.N.D. It was later released as the album’s third single. On November 15, 2009, the single went straight to number one in the United Kingdom

3 @ 3 this week from Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi - Lookin' Fine!

We Heard – Livin on a Prayer/It’s My Life/You Give Love a Bad Name

Keane – Everything Changes

Elvis Presley – She’s Not You

Tom Robinson Band – 2 4 6 8 Motorway

Donald Byrd – Love has Come Around

Then two to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Bad

Michael Jackson – Bad/ Man in The Mirror

D’ukes – Rock and Roll

Faith Hill – This Kiss

Blur – Song 2

1960 next week….




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2008 – ELO – Ray and Jan Spiller

This week it was the year that Boris Johnson became London Mayor – 2008
Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me
The top selling tracks of the year were –

1. Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah – reached the Christmas Number One spot on the United Kingdom charts on 21 December 2008 – 887,933 copies sold
2. X Factor Finalists – Hero – The twelve finalists from the fifth series of the UK TV talent show The X Factor released a cover of the song on October 27, 2008 for the Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion charities. – 751,000 sold
3. Duffy – Mercy – The song remained in the UK Singles Chart for over one year – 536,000 sold
4. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl – reached the #1 spot, where it remained for 5 weeks – 479,455
5. Nickelback – Rockstar – peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in the UK Official Download Chart. – 468,000
6. Estelle feat Kanye West – American Boy – remained in the UK Top 40 for 22 consecutive weeks – 458,500
7. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire – taken from Kings of Leon’s fourth studio album Only by the Night “Sex on Fire” spent an unbroken 42 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, only dropping out due to the surge in sales of Michael Jackson titles immediately after his death, but after a two-week absence it was back for another 37 weeks, peaking at #6.. -. 448,645
8. Basshunter feat DJ Mental – Now you’re Gone – stayed at the UK No.1 spot for five weeks before being knocked off by Welsh female artist Duffy with her song “Mercy” – 441,000
9. Madonna – 4 Minutes – The song became Madonna’s 60th top-ten single in Britain – 430,000
10. Sam Sparro – Black and Gold – stayed in the top 40 for 28 weeks and sold 429,080

3@3 this week was from ELO

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were from Birmingham. They released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001.

ELO were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne‘s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones.

By the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest-selling acts in music. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated 27 Top-40 hit singles in both the UK and the US. The group also scored 20 Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as 19 Top-20 hit singles in the US.

The tracks played today were – Livin Thing/Sweet Talkin Woman/Mr Blue Sky

I was then joined in the Phoenix FM studio byRay and Jan Spiller.

Ray and Jan travel together all over the South of England – appearing at about 400 events a year. Ray is a Guest Speaker, Entertainer and Comedian and assisted by Jan he carries with him every No. 1 chart record since the charts began, way back in 1952. Ray chose his favourite three number 1 hits of all time –

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up

Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman

Abba – Waterloo

You can hear our chat here –

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Sugababes – Stronger

The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen in Love

Lily Allen – Smile

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1961 – The Space Race and Dire Straits

Off to 1961 this week – The year the space race began. Yuri Gagarin beating Alan Shepherd into Space. JFK announced that the US would land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The Music of the year was –
Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl
Johnny Burnette – You’re Sixteen
Bobby Vee – Take Good Care of my Baby
The Temperance Seven – You’re Driving Me Crazy
Henry Mancini – Moon River (along with an excerpt of JFK’s speech – Man on the moon by the end of the decade)
The Top Ten selling singles of the year were –

1. Runaway –  Del Shannon

2. Wooden Heart – Elvis Presley

3. You Don’t Know – Helen Shapiro

4. Halfway To Paradise – Billy Fury

5. Well I Ask You Eden Kane

6. Are You Sure  – The Allisons

7 .Walkin’ Back To Hapiness – Helen Shapiro

8. Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers

9. His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley

10. Johnny Remember Me – John Leyton

3@3 this week was from Dire Straits –

Brothers in Arms

Sultans of Swing/Walk of Life/Money for Nothing

Huey Lewis and the News – Hip to be Square

Barry White – You’re My First My Last My Everything

Jackie Wilson – You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

Hall and Oates – Out of Touch

Janet Jackson – Whoops Now

Beatles – Taxman/Lady Madonna

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

The Police – Da Do Do Do Da Da Da Da

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1984 – Oasis – Max and Hal – LISTEN AGAIN HERE

Todays Replay included a visit to 1984 with the top selling hits of the year – You can catch an edited version of the show here – 

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1 Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid – selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and sold more than 3.5 million copies in UK

2 I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder – became Wonder’s only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks.
3 Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The group’s debut single “Relax” was banned by the BBC in 1984 while at number six in the charts and subsequently topped the UK singles chart for five consecutive weeks, going on to enjoy prolonged chart success throughout that year and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling UK single of all time (as of May 2006). After the follow-up success of “Two Tribes” and “The Power of Love,” FGTH became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles; the first being fellow Liverpudlians Gerry & the Pacemakers in 1964. –
5 Careless Whisper – George Michael – became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.
6 Last Christmas – Wham – well it’s only 113 days until Christmas!
7 Hello – Lionel Richie – In an interview on Channel 4’s Top 100 Number One Hits, Richie said he had been thanked by a large number of normally tongue-tied men who had proposed marriage after a slow dance to the song. Hello, Is it me you’re looking for?
8 Agadoo – Black Lace – In a poll for Q magazine in 2003, a panel of music writers voted “Agadoo” as the worst song of all time, saying: “It sounded like the school disco you were forced to attend, your middle-aged relatives forming a conga at a wedding party, a travelling DJ act based in Wolverhampton, every party cliche you ever heard.” The panel also described it as “magnificently dreadful”
9 Freedom – Wham – “Freedom” was #1 in the UK for three weeks and featured on the album Make It Big, which was issued at the same time.
10 Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Junior – peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 16 September 1984, where it stayed for three weeks.

3@3 This week was from these Jolly Chaps –


I Played Wonderwall/Stop Crying Your Heart Out/Don’t Look Back in Anger

Elton John vs Pnau – Sad

Then in a small tribute to Max Bygraves – You’re a Pink Toothbrush

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

Followed by three in a row from the pen of Hal David, a magnificent songwriter who has just died aged 91

BJ Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head

Louis Armstrong – We Have All The Time In The World

The Carpenters – Close To You

Robbie Williams – Millennium

Luther Vandross – Give Me a Reason

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2007 – 10cc – Scott MacKenzie and Neil Armstrong. LISTEN AGAIN HERE

Really enjoyed the music on today’s show – all the best from 2007… Why not have a listen here if you missed it –

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first –
Mutya Buena – Real Girl
Scouting for Girls – She’s So Lovely
Top Ten Selling of 2007 were –

1 “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, putting it in the top five selling songs of the decade
2 “Umbrella” Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – The song was originally written with recording artist Britney Spears in mind, however her label rejected it.
3 “Grace Kelly” Mika – The track was number one in the UK Singles Chart for five weeks, and ended 2007 as the year’s third biggest-selling single
4 “When You Believe” Leon Jackson – On December 23, 2007, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it the coveted Christmas number one with sales of over 275,000 copies
5 “Rule the World” Take That  – Take That performed the song at the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony whilst the Olympic Flame was extinguished.
6 “About You Now” Sugababes – written by Cathy Dennis and producer Dr. Luke for the group’s fifth studio album, Change
7 “The Way I Are” Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E. reached number one in several countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
8 “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” The Proclaimers featuring Andy Pipkin and Brian Potter released as a charity single for Comic Relief on 19 March 2007. It reached No. 3 on the official UK Singles Chart on download sales alone, and one week later reached No. 1, where it remained for three weeks.
9 “Valerie” Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse peaked at Number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, where it spent 19 consecutive weeks inside the Top 20.
10 “Ruby” Kaiser Chiefs became the band’s first ever #1 single on February 25, 2007, and ended 2007 as the year’s 10th biggest-selling single in the UK with total sales of 313,765

3@3 this week was from 70’s Band 10cc
Dreadlock Holiday/I’m Not in Love/Rubber Bullets

Patrick Swayze – Hungry Eyes

As a tribute to Scott MacKenzie who passed away last week I played SanFrancisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)

The Specials – A Message to You Rudy

Paul Carrack – Walk in  The Room

Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love

Elton John vs P’Nau – Sad

and Finally…

In Memory of a Brave Man - Neil Armstrong

The Police – Walking On The Moon

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1977 & Hopefield Animal Sanctuary on Sunday Replay

Lots of fun sitting in for Bob on the Sunday Replay, in association with Kirby’s Coaches Essex on the Sunday Replay on August 12th.

In the first hour I had a trawl though the music and events from 1977, then a radio wander around Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in the second hour.

You can hear the talky bits from the show here:

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And don’t worry, Bob is back from his hols now, and normal service is resumed.


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Hot Times – 1964 – Simply Red and The Dandy – Listen Again Here

In the blistering heat of the hottest day of the year so far I managed to escape the high temperatures in the comfort of our air conditioned studio. To cool everybody off we escaped back to 1964 in the first hour…
Hermans Hermits – I’m Into Something Good
The Supremes – Baby Love
Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over
Bobby Darin – Multiplication
Eden Kane – Well I Ask You
The Animals – We Gotta Get Out of This Place
Top Ten Selling of 1964 were –
10. Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy

9. The Honeycombs – Have I The Right?

8. The Searchers – Needles and Pins

7. Cilla Black – Anyone Who Had A Heart

6. Cilla Black – You’re My World

5. The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

4. Roy Orbison – It’s Over

3. Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman

2. Jim Reeves – I Won’t Forget You

1. Jim Reeves – I Love You Because

3@3 this week was from Simply Red –

Money’s Too Tight To Mention/A New Flame/Sunrise

Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free

Bruce Hornsby – That’s the Way it Is

Atomic Kitten – The Tide is High

Captain & Tennile – Love Will Keep us Together

The Dandy

Oldies News this week centred on the sad demise of The Dandy… First published in 1937 the last issue will be on 4th December this year.

Sly and the Family Stone – Dance to the Music

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Going to a Go Go

Supermen Lovers – Starlight (One of my Faves)

Sidney Youngblood – If Only I Could

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2006 – Dusty – Gold Medal Music

On this fantastic weekend for Team GB we travelled back just 6 years to 2006 –
Madonna – Sorry
The top ten selling singles of the year were –

1 Gnarls Barkley – Crazy – musical collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee Lo Green, and is taken from their 2006 debut album St. Elsewhere. It became a top ten hit throughout Europe, North America and Australia, in the first half of 2006, reaching number one of the single charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand and other countries.

2 Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This – one million copies of the X factor winner’s single were pre-ordered by stores. “A Moment like This” was downloaded 50,000 times within 30 minutes of being available online. It ended as the UK’s second best selling single of the year
3 Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie – “Hips Don’t Lie” became a global success, reaching the number one spot on the charts in at least 25 countries, including the United States, where it broke the record for the most radio plays in a single week. It was Shakira’s first number-one single in the UK,
4 Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – written with Elton John, who provides piano for the song, The song scored the band their first UK No.1.
5 Sandi Thom – I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)
6 Infernal – From Paris to Berlin
7 Take That – Patience – The song won the Best British Single Award at the 2007 BRIT Awards and was voted The Record of the Year for 2006

8 Nelly Furtado – Maneater became one of Nelly Furtado’s most popular singles, topping the singles charts in Poland and the UK, and reaching the top ten across much of Continental Europe.

9 Rihanna – SOS – contains a sample of “Tainted Love”, popularised by Soft Cell.

10 Lily Allen – Smile

3@3 this week from Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love/In Private/I Only Want To Be With You

We then had a selection of oldies to reflect Team GB’s success in the Olympics so far

Mo Farah Celebrating

Hues Corporation – Rock the Boat (for all our boating medallists)
Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running (Mo Farah)
Van Halen – Jump (Greg Rutherford)
Blues Brothers – Peter Gunn (Peter Wilson)
Allman Brothers – Jessica (Jessica Ennis)
Queen – Bicycle Race (For all of the cycling Medallists)
Commodores – Sail On (Ben Ainsley)
Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire (Andy Murray)

That’s it from me for a couple of weeks. Off to italy for a bit – Lucky me! Back soon.

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1973 – The Eagles – New from Elton John – Listen Again Here!

Returning after a week away it was great to get back to the music!
The first hour featured a trip back to 1973 starting with one from James Blunt NOT from 1973 but called 1973. The rest of the music was –
Status Quo – Caroline
Mott The Hoople – All the way from Memphis
Suzi Quatro – Can the Can
Gilbert O’Sullivan – Get Down
The top ten selling singles of the year were –
10. David Cassidy – Daydreamer
9. Donny Osmond – The Twelfth of Never
8. Gary Glitter – I’m the Leader of the Gang (Not played)
7. Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
6. Gary Glitter – I Love You Love Me Love (Not played)
5. Slade – Cum on Feel the Noize
4. The Sweet – Blockbuster
3. Peters and Lee – Welcome Home
2. The Simon Park Orchestra – Eye Level (Theme to Van Der Valk)
1. Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon

The second hour started with 3@3 from The Eagles –
Hotel California/New Kid in Town/Tequila Sunrise

Limmie and The Family Cookin’ – You Can Do Magic
Dionne Warwick – That’s What Friends are For
Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme
Elton’s new album is at No 1 in the UK album charts – I played a couple from the album –
Elton John vs Pnau – Sad
Elton John vs Pnau – Phoenix
Debbie Harry – French Kissing in the USA
The Beatles – Hey Jude

You can hear an edited version of the show again here – 

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Back next week for a trip to 2006…

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OMG – Bob’s at number 1!

It was a real pleasure to sit in for Bob this afternoon, and he’d chosen a great top 10 year for me to start the show. Starting with the anti-climax of the millennium bug, 2000 was also the year of mad cow disease, fuel protests and the Concorde disaster; and the best selling songs of the year were:

1.       Bob the Builder – Can we fix it

2.       All Saints – Pure shores

3.       Sonique – It feels so good

4.       Baha Men – Who let the dogs out

5.       Robbie Williams – Rock DJ

6.       Eminem – Stan

7.       Fragma – Toca’s miracle

8.       Spiller – Groovejet (if this ain’t love)

9.       Craig David – Fill me in

10.     S Club 7 – Never had a dream come true

3@3 was a bit of self indulgence, as I chose three songs from one of my favourite artists – R&B singer/songwriter and actor Usher – Yeah! and Burn, both UK number one singles from his album Confessions; and OMG, from Raymond vs Raymond.

I then finished off with a great assortment from the past fifty years – including songs from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Andy Williams, the Kinks and the mighty Frank Sinatra.

Bob’s back next week – but not the builder!

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1991, Wind-Up Radio and The Pretenders

Today we featured the year that Trevor Bayliss invented the clockwork radio – 1991. Songs featured were:
Tom Petty – Learning to Fly
EMF – Unbelievable
The top selling tunes of the year were:

1. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days of Our Lives
3. Cher – Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
4. Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
5 Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
6. Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
7. The Simpsons – Do The Bartman
8. Vic Reeves & The Wonderstuff – Dizzy
9. Oceanic – Insanity
10. 2 Unlimited – Get Ready For This

3@3 this week was from The Pretenders

The Pretenders

It was good to meet new Phoenix FM presenter Alex Moore at the end of the show. Welcome to Phoenix Alex!

I’m away next week but the show is in very safe hands – My thanks to Alan Johnson who will be covering me next Sunday.

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Blue Music – The Corrs – Olympic Flames and Goodbye Ed

Wow a packed show today when we tried to improve the appalling weather by playing some “blue” tracks hoping for some blue sky

Summer Blue

Barry Blue – Dancing on a Saturday Night
ELO – Mr Blue Sky
Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes
Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues (For You)
Goergie Fame and the Blue Flames – Yeah Yeah
Gene Vincent – Blue Jean Bop
Nick Heyward – Blue Hat for a Blue Day
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Madonna – True Blue
Swinging Blue Jeans – Hippy Hippy Shake
Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill (live)

The Bluebells – Young at Heart

You can listen again to the first half of the show here –

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We started the second hour today with 3@3 from The Corrs –

Radio/Give Me a Reason/So Young

Culture Club – Clock of the Heart

We then had some Oldies News followed by

David Bowie – Changes

Then a review of the Olympic Torch Relay in Brentwood last Friday including interviews with Councillor Mark Reed and our Local MP Eric Pickles

Bruce Springstein – Born to Run

Heather Small – Proud

Spandau Ballet – Gold

Soul II Soul – Back to Life

Squeeze – Tempted

You can hear the Second Half of the show here –

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And Finally… We wished a very fond farewell to one of our long standing presenters today – Ed Wellman. Ed is moving on to other things. Goodbye and good luck to one of my favourite Phoenix presenters

See you next week!





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1963 and Chic

Sunday Replay this week headed back 49 years to the year of Beatlemania – 1963
Beach Boys – Little Duece Coupe
Elvis – Devil in Disguise
Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas – Little Children
Chiffons – He’s So Fine
Cliff Richard – The Next Time
Gene Pitney – 24 Hours From Tulsa
The Hollies – Stay
Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas – Bad to Me
The Top Ten Selling Singles of 1963 were –
1 From Me To You – The Beatles

2 She Loves You – The Beatles

3 In Dreams – Roy Orbison

4 Island Of Dreams – The Springfields

5 How Do You Do It – Gerry & The Pacemakers

6 From A Jack To A King – Ned Miller

7 Deck Of Cards – Wink Martindale

8 Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard & The Shadows

9 Confessin’ – Frank Ifield

10 Can’t Get Used To Losing You – Andy Williams

3 @ 3 this week was from 70’s Disco favourites Chic –
Good Times/I Want your Love/Le Freak


Sugababes – Push The Button

Rolling Stones – Honkey Tonk Woman
Santana – Smooth
Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – Stay
The Ronettes – Be My Baby/I Can Hear Music
The Five Satins – In the Still of The Night
Phil Phillips and The Twighlights – Sea of Love
Ike and Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
UB40 – Can’t Help Falling in Love
Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse) – Valerie

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1989 – George Michael and DOOGIE HUNTER!

A trip back to 1989 on todays show –
Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World

The top selling tunes of the year were –

1 Ride On Time – Black Box
2 Swing The Mood – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
3 Eternal Flame – Bangles
4 Too Many Broken Hearts – Jason Donovan
5 Back To Life – Soul II Soul
6 Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart – Marc Almond & Gene Pitney
7 That’s What I Like – Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
8 Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
9 Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid II
10 Like A Prayer – Madonna

We started the second hour with 3@3 from George Michael
Amazing/Star People/I Knew you were Waiting (with Aretha Franklin)
It was then that my guest for the day joined me in the studio – Doogie Hunter

Doogie Hunter

This young man blew me away with a great demonstration of his obvious talent – We heard – You belong to Me/Bring me Sunshine (special Phoenix FM version!) – I’m a Banker – Sway
You can hear the whole interview and session here:-

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Have a look at The Video to I’m a Banker –

Or Watch Doogie live on Phoenix FM Here –

Doogie Hunter – Bring me Sunshine (Special Phoenix FM Version) – Live on Phoenix FM

Thanks Doogie – You made it a great show today!


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2003 – Genesis – Dad’s Day

Back to 2003 this week…
Sugababes – Hole in the Head
Elton John – Are you Ready for Love
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
The top selling tunes of the year were…

1 Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas
2 Spirit In The Sky – Gareth Gates Ft. The Kumars
3 Ignition Remix – R Kelly
4 Mad World – Michael Andrews Ft. Gary Jules
5 Leave Right Now – Will Young
6 All The Things She Said – Tatu
7 Breathe – Blu Cantrell featuring Sean Paul
8 Changes – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne
9 Make Luv – Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham
10 Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

Kicking off the second hour today was 3@3 from Genesis –
Abacab/Jesus He Knows Me/Invisible Touch

Genesis - Back in the Day!

We then heard a track from next week’s Sunday Replay Guest – Doogie Hunter – I’m A Banker
Then till the end of the show, songs for Dad on Father’s Day
Madonna – Pappa Don’t Preach
Kid Creole and The Coconuts – Annie I’m not Your Daddy
The Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
Jim Gilstrap – Swing Your Daddy
Cat Stevens – Father and Son
James Brown – Papas Got a Brand New Bag
Alexander O’Neal – Dance with My Father
Mike and The Mechanics – The Living Years
Don’t Forget – Tune in Next Week – Doogie Hunter LIVE in the Studio. TTFN

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1974 – The Kinks – Liverpool – Doogie Hunter

A show full of great music this week – in the first hour, a trip back to 1974…
Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive
Alvin Stardust – Jealous Mind
Sweet Sensation – Sad Sweet Dreamer
The top ten selling singles of 1974 were –

1 Tiger Feet – Mud
2 Seasons In The Sun -Terry Jacks
3 Billy, Don’t Be A Hero – Paper Lace
4 When Will I See You Again – The Three Degrees
5 Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
6 Gonna Make You A Star – David Essex
7 Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
8 She – Charles Aznavour
9 Sugar Baby Love – The Rubettes
10 Everything I Own – Ken Boothe

3 @ 3 this week was from The Kinks
All Day and All of The Night/Sunny Afternoon/Waterloo Sunset
and to follow, a Kinks song from Kirsty McColl – Days
Lemarr – If There’s Any Justice
Level 42 – Running in the Family
Then a tale of my visit to the Cavern Club in Liverpool followed by two early hits from The Beatles –
I Saw Her Standing There/I Wanna Hold Your Hand

It's Me! - At The Cavern

Billy Swan – I Can Help
Wilson Pickett – Land of 1000 Dances
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Then a preview of my studio guest Doogie Hunter’s appearance on the Sunday Replay in two week’s time –
Doogie Hunter – I’m a Banker
Robert Palmer – Every Kind of People
The Rembrandts – I’ll be There For You

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Royal Diamond Jubilee Connections and the Strawberry Fair

Celebrating The Royal Jubilee I dug around in my massive oldies sack for music with Royal Diamond Jubilee connections and came up with these tracks.
Spin Doctors – Two Princes
King – The Taste of Your Tears
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Prince – Diamonds and Pearls
Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
We had a look at some of the major events of 1952 the year that Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. It was in that year that the Pop charts were first recorded but this didn’t start until late in the year. The best selling record of the year recorded in the charts was-
Al Martino – Here in My Heart
Westlife – Queen of my Heart
Crown Hearts Affair – You Gave me Love.
The Korgis – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime

Queen Elizabeth II in 1952

Evelyn “Champagne” King – Love Come Down

Adam and the Ants – Prince Charming

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace

Gene Chandler – Duke of Earl

King – Love and Pride

Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better

The Beatles – Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds (Remixed version from Love album)

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl in The World

Jet Harris and Tony Meehan – Diamonds

The Who – Love Reign O’er Me

Windsor Davies and Don Estelle – Whispering Grass

Ann Stephens – Buckingham Palace (From 1941!)

Hayley Westernra – God Save The Queen

An extra hour of The Sunday Replay today gave us the opportunity to relive and review the Brentwood Strawberry Fair yesterday. A great time was had by all including several Phoenix FM presenters. The entertainment was hosted by Phoenix FM and in particular Tony Smith who did a great job keeping the crowds entertained in between many excellent local acts. We heard several interviews recorded on the day by many of the Phoenix presenters who were there on the day, interspersed with the following music –

Abba – Dancing Queen

Jamelia – See It in a Boy’s Eyes

Babybird – You’re Gorgeous

Jamie Cullum – These are the Days

Jamiroquai – Love Foolosophy

J Geils Band – Centrefold

The Jam – That’s Entertainment










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1965 and Robin Gibb

Great music from 1965 on this sweltering hot day. So glad we have a window in our new studio!
The Four Tops – It’s the Same Old Song
The Beach Boys – California Girls
The Byrds – Hey Mr Tambourine Man
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
The Fortunes – You’ve Got Your Troubles

The Top Ten Selling Singles of 1965 –

1 I’ll Never Find Another You The Seekers
2 Tears Ken Dodd
3 A Walk In The Black Forest Horst Jankowski
4 World Of Our Own The Seekers
5 Crying In The Chapel Elvis Presley
6 Help The Beatles
7 I’m Alive The Hollies
8 Zorba’s Dance Marcello Minerbi
9 King Of The Road Roger Miller
10 The Minute You’re Gone Cliff Richard

In the second hour we paid tribute to Robin Gibb with lots of  Bee Gees Hits

Robin Gibb

Massachusetts/I’ve G0tta Get A Message To You/Words/Jive Talkin/Night Fever/Staying Alive/Tragedy/You Win Again

Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough

Blondie – Sunday Girl

Dionne – The Wanderer

D’ukes – Rock and Roll

Enjoy the sunshine… Back next week for a Diamond Jubilee special… Bye!

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1995 D’ukes and Donna Summer

Quite a show today! Very much enjoyed having my guests D’ukes in the studio in the second hour, but first off it was back to 1995 for an hour of the best selling music of that year:-

Del Amitri – Roll to Me

The Top Ten Selling singles were

1. Unchained Melody – Robson & Jerome

2. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

3. I Believe – Robson & Jerome

4. Back for Good – Take That

5. Think Twice – Celine Dion

6. Fairground – Simply Red

7. You are not Alone – Michael Jackson

8. Earth Song – Michael Jackson

9. Missing – Everything but the Girl

10. Country House – Blur

Then in the second hour as an introduction to D’ukes, 3 @ 3 this week was from the ukelele!
Three tracks featuring the instrument were –
Train – Hey Soul Sister/Joe Brown – I’ll See You in My Dreams/George Harrison – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
D’ukes joined me around 3.15 and as well as playing 4 great songs, we chatted about their upcoming D’ukelele festival at the Cramphorne Theatre Chelmsford next Saturday. You can here the whole Session and inteview here:

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D’ukes played four songs – This is the Life/Candy/Big Bad Handsome Man/Rock and Roll

D'ukes at Phoenix



My sincere thanks to D’ukes for a great session.
A third hour this week in which we payed tribute to Disco Queen Donna Summer by playing several of her great hits and some other disco classics. Great Sounds – Sad Loss.
Thanks for Listening. Back next week at 2pm…
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1983 – Olympic Concert and the Coronation Street Musical!

Top tunes from 1983 today –
Every Breath you Take – The Police
The Top Ten Of the year were –

1 Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
2 Uptown Girl –  Billy Joel
3 Red Red Wine –  UB40
4 Let’s Dance –  David Bowie
5 Total Eclipse Of The Heart –  Bonnie Tyler
6 Down Under – Men At Work
7 Billie Jean –  Michael Jackson
8 True – Spandau Ballet
9 All Night Long (All Night) –  Lionel Richie
10 You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins

In the second hour our 3 @ 3 artist was the band Squeeze

Up the Junction/Labelled with Love/Pulling Mussels from a Shell

We then had a preview of the upcoming Olympic Concert in Hyde Park on 27th July featuring music from some of the artists due to perform –

Duran Duran – A View to a Kill

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Stereophonics – Have a nice Day

Paulo Nutini – Pencil full of Lead.

Then I played a dedication for chancellor George Osbourne –

The Beatles – Taxman

Rod Stewart – Baby Jane

Then an item on the brand new Coronation Street Musical –

Street of Dreams

I played My suggestions for music for the show –

Frank Sinatra – Sunny Side of the Street

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Dancing in the Street

and then rounded off the show with Dire Straits – Walk of Life



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2004 and Cher

Back to the hits of 2004 this week –
Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get it Started
Natasha Beddingfield – These Words
Maroon 5 – This Love
U2 – Vertigo

Girls Aloud – I’ll Stand By You

Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl

Britney Spears – Toxic

Anastacia – Left Outside Alone

Michele McManus – All This Time

Usher – Yeah

Eric Prydz – Call on Me

DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide

The Best Selling Single of the Year was – Band Aid 20 – Do They Know it’s Christmas?

3 @ 3 this week was from Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time/One by One/The Shoop Shoop Song


Bucks Fizz – Making your Mind Up

Len – Steal My Sunshine

Scissor Sisters – Filthy/Gorgeous

Beach Boys – I Get Around

Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)

Roxy Music – Love is the Drug

Coldplay – Paradise

Phil Collins – Two Hearts

The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There

Same Time Next Week!
















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1972 – Bon Jovi – Bert Weedon – Billericay Town – St George’s Day

Back 40 Years to 1972 this week
Rod Stewart – You Wear it Well
Layla – Derek & the Dominoes
Elton John – Rocket Man
Michael Jackson – Ben
The top ten of the year were –

1 Amazing Grace Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
2 Mouldy Old Dough Lieutenant Pigeon
3 Puppy Love Donny Osmond
4 Without You Nilsson
5 I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing The New Seekers
6 Son Of My Father Chicory Tip
7 Rock & Roll Gary Glitter (not played on the show)
8 Metal Guru T.Rex
9 Mother Of Mine Neil Reid
10 American Pie Don McLean

The second hour kicked off with 3@3 by Bon Jovi –

Livin’ on a Prayer/You Give Love a Bad Name/It’s my Life

Then to celebrate Billericay Town’s great season culminating in them becoming Ryman League Champions –

Queen – We Are the Champions

Kool and the Gang – Celebrate

and to aid their supporters hangovers – All Saints – Black Coffee!

Adele – Chasing Pavements

Zoe – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Luther Vandross would have been 61 last Friday, so I played So Amazing as a tribute to him and his amazing voice

Bert Weedon

Sadly we lost Bert Weedon on Friday, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May are among the stars who learned to play guitar from his books. I Played – Bert Weedon – Guitar Boogie Shuffle and Eric Clapton – Cocaine as a tribute.

And Finally… with St Georges day tomorrow I just had to play – Vera Lynn – There’ll Always be an England to end the show!

Such Variety!!! Back Next Week for another Sunday Replay!

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15 Years ago – 1997 – Diana

Was it really that long ago? Sad news that year dominated everything else and produced the year’s best selling single from Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997 – The death of Diana Princess of Wales.

The Music we heard was:
R Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
and the Top Ten Best Selling Singles –

1 Candle In The Wind 1997 –  Elton John
2 Barbie Girl –  Aqua
3 I’ll Be Missing You –  Puff Daddy & Faith Evans
4 Perfect Day –  Various Artists
5 Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh –  Teletubbies
6 Men In Black –  Will Smith
7 Don’t Speak –   No Doubt
8 Torn –   Natalie Imbruglia
9 Tubthumping –  Chumbawamba
10 Mmm Bop – Hanson

In the second hour we started with 3@3 from Tom Jones –
It’s Not Unusual
Paul McCartney – Coming Up
Paul Weller – You Do Something to Me
Level 42 – Something About You
Amy Winehouse – Our Day Will Come
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
The Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
Sam the Sham and the Pharoes – Woolley Bully
Back Next Week…


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The Motown Story

Sunday replay this Easter Sunday dwelt in the magical music of Motown for a whole two hours. Too much great music to mention.

The Motown story is the story of Berry Gordy, Jr., who was born in Detroit Michigan on November 28, 1929, he was the seventh of eight children. His parents had migrated to Detroit from Milledgeville, Georgia in 1922.

Gordy borrowed $800 from his family’s loan fund to start his own record label, called Tamla. He had originally wanted to call his label “Tammy,” after a Debbie Reynolds film, but that title was already taken.
By the late 1950s, Detroit was perhaps the largest city in the United States that did not have a strong independent record company. With the establishment of Motown, the local talent had an outlet, and they starting showing up at the Motown offices.

Even though Motown sold millions more albums during the 1970s and 1980s then it had in the 1960s, Motown will always be remembered for the music it created during the 1960s that was heard on the tinny radios in automobiles as teenagers cruised the streets and highways. Never in history has one company produced so many top ten hits as Motown did during that marvelous decade.

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1967… All Fools Day… Death to the Pirates!

Today’s Sunday Replay returned to 1967, the year pirate radio ended…

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The Hollies – Carrie Ann
Hermans Hermits – There’s a Kind of Hush
Frankie Valli – Can’t Take my Eyes off of You
The Top Ten of the year were:
1 Engelbert Humperdinck – Release Me
2 Engelbert Humperdinck – The Last Waltz
3 Engelbert Humperdinck – There Goes My Everything
4 The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
5 The Beatles – Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever
6 Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
7 Sandie Shaw – Puppet On A String
8 Petula Clark – This Is My Song
9 Frank & Nancy Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid
10 The Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden

All You Need is Love

Being All Fools day the second hour was taken up with fools…

Blur – Fools Day

Aretha Franklin – Chain of Fools

The Cardigans – Lovefool

The New Seekers – You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me

Cerys Matthews – Only a Fool

Doobie Brothers – What a Fool Believes

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers – Why do Fools Fall in Love

Westlife – Fool Again

Aaron Neville – Everybody Plays The Fool

Elvis – A Fool Such as I/Fools Fall in Love

The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again




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1990, Mick Satan and the Rockin Devils

This week on Sunday Replay we went back 22 years to 1990. Was it really that long ago??? The top ten selling singles of that year were:

1 Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
2 Nothing Compares 2U – Sinead O’Connor
3 Sacrifice -Elton John
4 Killer – Adamski
5 Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
6 Show Me Heaven – Maria McKee
7 Dub Be Good To Me – Beats International
8 Vogue – Madonna
9 World In Motion – New Order
10 The Power – Snap

On to the second hour then – Full of Rock n Roll!
3@3 this week was from Chuck Berry
Rock n Roll Music/Johnny B Goode/Roll Over Beethoven
Johnny and the Hurricanes – Red River Rock
Elvis – Shake Rattle and Roll
Gene Vincent – Well I Knocked – Bim Bam
Wanda Jackson – Let’s Have a Party
Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Susie
Fats Domino – I’m Walkin’
We then heard the interview with Mick Nash AKA Mick Satan of Mick Satan and the Rockin Devils

The tracks we heard were:
Teddy Boy Rock Fan’s Broken Romance Blues
Greaser Grumplin’s Chopper
I Wanna Be an ‘Ells Angel

Thanks to Mick for inviting me to his home for the interview. You can hear the whole second hour of the show here:

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We finished off with
Gene Vincent – Be Bop A Lula
Chuck Berry – School Days

See you next week!

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1986 and Your Mothers Day Dedications

Your very own radio show. Yes Sunday Replay this week was part presented by you, our listeners recording your Mothers Day dedications on location in Brentwood and Billericay. But First – 1986

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
The Top Ten were –

1 Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
2 Every Loser Wins – Nick Berry
3 I Want To Wake Up With You – Boris Gardiner
4 Living Doll – Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
5 Chain Reaction – Diana Ross
6 Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh
7 When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean
8 Take My Breath Away – Berlin
9 Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
10 So Macho – Sinitta
Then in the second hour it was over to you for your Mothers Day dedications –
Boyz II Men – A Song for Mama
Abbie requested a Simply Red track for Mum Sandra – It’s Only Love
Sammi for Mum Elaine – Bon Jovi – Always
Sisters Heather and Nicola for Mum Linda – George Michael -Fastlove
Laura for her Mum – Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
For Mum Kay from your Daughter and Granddaughter – Rihanna – Umbrella
For Mum Debbie from Joe – James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Spice Girls – Mama – For the lady who made me laugh so much when she joked that she didn’t like her Mum! Her Mum was with her at the time and we all shared a big giggle!
Chelsea wanted Tina Turner – Simply the Best for Mum Jan,
and finally – For all Mum’s who are no longer with us (including my own) – Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me

If you missed your Mothers Day dedication, you can hear the whole hour again here…

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1969, Jam and Breakforcover!

Very enjoyable show today thanks to my Fab guests Breakforcover! The first hour was spent in 1969 though –
The Beatles – The Ballad of John and Yoko
Amen Corner – (If Paradise is) Half as Nice
Thunderclap Newman – Something in the Air
The top ten of the year were –

1 The Archies – Sugar Sugar
2 The Beatles with Billy Preston – Get Back
3 The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
4 Peter Sarstedt – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)
5 Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus
6 Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
7 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
8 Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
9 Frank Sinatra – My Way
10 Bobbie Gentry – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
We started the second hour with 3@3 from The Jam – Start/Going Underground/That’s Entertainment. Then it was time for –


You can hear the entire session here –

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My thanks to Chris, Stef, Kevin, Ian, and Dave a great bunch of musicians and nice guys. I followed them to The Swan in Brentwood for their gig in the evening and a great time was had by all. You can find out all about the band by visiting


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What a Mix! 1975 – The Monkees – Frank Carson – Breakforcover

Back to 1975 this week –
Status Quo – Down Down
The Tymes – Ms Grace
Johnny Nash – Tears on my Pillow

1 Bye Bye Baby – The Bay City Rollers
2 Sailing – Rod Stewart
3 Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) – The Stylistics
4 Whispering Grass – Windsor Davies and Don Estelle
5 Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
6 Give A Little Love -The Bay City Rollers
7 Hold Me Close – David Essex
8 I Only Have Eyes For You – Art Garfunkel
9 The Last Farewell -Roger Whittaker
10 I’m Not In Love – 10CC

Davy Jones and The Monkees

The second hour started with a tribute to Davy Jones of The Monkees that became this week’s 3@3 – A Little Bit Me a Little Bit You/I’m a Believer/Daydream Believer
Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like A Lady
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Make me Smile (Come up and See Me)

Frank Carson

We then had a brief tribute to funny man Frank Carson who was laid to rest yesterday.
The Style Council – Shout to the Top
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Then it was another preview of my live guests for next week – Breakforcover – Rosalee/Rock This Town
And we finished with some Motown…
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Marvin Gaye – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston – It Takes Two

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1998, Bob Marley, Breakforcover

Pixie Lott enjoying Breakforcover

Busy show today that was invaded by the gremlins. It wasn’t enough that my hard drive died on me one hour before the show, the Phoenix webcam stopped working and I lost the recording of the show! Hey whatever it went well really…
1998 – the ten best selling tunes were:
1 Believe – Cher
2 My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
3 It’s Like That – Run DMC vs Jason Nevins
4 No Matter What – Boyzone
5 C’est La Vie – B*Witched
6 How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
7 Goodbye – Spice Girls
8 Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) – Pras Michel
9 Chocolate Salty Balls – Chef (AKA Isaac Hayes)
10 Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
3@3 featured Bob Marley – Three Little Birds/ Jammin/ Sun is Shining.
We then previewed Sunday Replay 11 March. In two weeks time Breakforcover, a local band will be playing live on Sunday Replay. We heard a couple of pre recorded tracks from them by way of a preview.

Thanks for listening!

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1962, Led Zeppelin and the Sun in my Eyes!

Back a whole half century to 1962 this week, and boy did I enjoy the music…
Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Bruce Chanel – Hey Baby
Bobby Darin – Things
Little Eva – The Locomotion
Everly Brothers – Crying in the Rain
Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You
B Bumble and the Stingers – Nut Rocker
The Top Ten of 1962 went like this:-
10. The Tornados – Telstar
9. Mike Sarne and Wendy Richard – Come Outside
8. Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm
7. Joe Brown – Picture of You
6. Cliff Richard and The Shadows – The Young Ones
5. Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
4. The Shadows – Wonderful Land
3. Elvis Presley – Rock-A-Hula Baby
2. Frank Ifield – I Remember You
1. Acker Bilk – Stranger on the Shore

So ended 1962! Then by complete contrast, our 3 @ 3 this week featured LED ZEPPELIN!
A Whole Lotta Love/Communication Breakdown/Stairway to Heaven.
REM – Losing My Religion
Robert Palmer – She Makes My Day
Robbie Williams – She’s the One
Guns & Roses – Live and Let Die
Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
It was at this point that the sun came down and shone through the window of the Phoenix FM studios and blinded the presenter (me) to such an extent that he couldn’t see the computer screens! Management take note please!
Enjoyed today’s show muchly… thanks for listening.
I left you with…
Faith Hill – This Kiss.
Kiss Kiss xxx
Eric Clapton – Cocaine

1962 - 1st James Bond

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2001 and The London Leopards on Sunday Replay

We took a trip back to 2001 today for the major events of that year and listened to some of the music.
Roger Sanchez – Another Chance
Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – Lady Marmalade
The Top Ten of that year was next:
10. Shaggy ft Rayvon – Angel
9. Afroman – Because I Got High
8. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
7. S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
6. Westlife – Uptown Girl
5. DJ Otzi – Hey Baby
4. Atomic Kitten – Whole Again
3. Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
2. Hear’Say – Pure and Simple
1. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy.
In the second hour we had a quick blast of Jackie Wilson – I Get the Sweetest Feeling, before meeting my guests in the studio – Ousman Krubally and John Lister, from the London Leopards basketball team who have the Brentwood Centre as one of their main home venues

It was a great pleasure to speak to these two inspiring young men and to hear about the teams recent success and victory to become the National Cup Champions

Following the sad death yesterday of Whitney Houston our 3@3 featured some of her greatest Hits – Saving all my Love for You/Greatest Love of All/One Moment in Time
We rounded off the afternoon with a few Love songs in the run up to Valentines Day
Paul Weller – You Do Something to Me
Buddy Holley and the Crickets – Peggy Sue
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love
Back 50 years to 1962 next week. Listen in at 2pm…

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Sunday Replay – 1979 – Little Richard – Keeping Warm in the Snow

With Brentwood and Billericay covered in snow we took a trip back to 1979 this week for the last Sunday Replay from the Baytree Centre.
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall
Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rythm Stick
Two great hits from 1979. Then it was the top ten best selling singles of the year…
10. Lena Martell – One Day at a Time
9. Roxy Music – Dance Away
8. Blondie – Sunday Girl
7. Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric
6. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
5. Dr Hook – When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman
4. Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
3. Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Any More
2. Blondie – Heart of Glass
1. Art Garfunkle – Bright Eyes

Snowy Brentwood

Our 3@3 artist in the second hour was Little Richard
Good Golly Miss Molly/Slippin’ and Slidin’/Tutti Frutti
Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
We then had some special music to warm us up on a very cold day…
Texas – Summer Son
Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
Billy Idol – Hot in the City
Take That – Shine
Tina Turner – Steamy Windows
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Atomic Kitten – Eternal Flame
Dean Martin – Let it Snow
The Beatles – Get Back
Keep Warm!!

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Sunday Replay 29 January. Cool Brittania and Girl Power 1996

Back to 1996 this week in Spice Girl territory… Top Ten Singles of 96 were..
10 – Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
9 – 2 Become 1 – Spice Girls
8. Children – Robert Miles
7. Three Lions – Baddeil & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds
6. Ooh Ah Just a Little Bit – Gina G
5. Return Of The Mack – Mark Morrison
4. Say You’ll be There – Spice Girls
3. Spaceman – Babylon Zoo
2. Wannabe – Spice Girls
1. Killing Me Softly – The Fugees

3@3 in the second hour featured these from Fleetwood Mac…
Sara/Diane/The Chain
Love it When You Call – The Feeling
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
The Tide is High – Atomic Kitten
I Need a Dollar – Alloe Black
Cry Baby – Ceelo Green
I Just Wanna Make Love to You – Etta James
I Just Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
Only Our Hearts – Paul McCartney
That was it for another Replay – Keep warm in the cold snap!


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Sunday Replay, 1981, ABC, Mohammed Ali…

In the week of Mohammed Ali’s 70th Birthday we payed tribute to The Greatest in the second hour of the programme but first, it was a trip back to 1981 for the top ten selling singles of the year…
10. Shakin Stevens – You Drive Me Crazy
9. The Tweets – The Birdie Song
8. Joe Dolce – Shaddupa Ya Face
7. Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life
6. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
5. Ultravox – Vienna
4. Shakin Stevens – This Ole House
3. Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
2. Adam & The Ants – Stand & Deliver
1. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
In the second hour we had the first of a new feature – 3@3 – thats 3 in a row from one artist or band, starting this week with 80’s band ABC –
All of my Heart
Look of Love
When Smokie Sings
We then heard The Sunday Replay tribute to Mohammed Ali on his 70th Birthday.
Johnny Wakelin – Black Superman – Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali – Ali’s Historical Theme Tune
Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire
Mohammed Ali – In His Own Words
George Benson – The Greatest Love
And so ended our tribute to the greatest…
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
The Faces – Stay With Me
Gibson Bros – Cuba
Join me next week in 1996! Thanks for listening…


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Sunday Replay 15th January 2012 – 1970

All the way back to 1970 this week – 42 years ago, wow is it that long ago really?

The top ten of 1970 were

1. The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley

2. Yellow River – Christie

3. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry

4. Freda Payne – Band of Gold

5. Shirley Bassey – Something

6. Lee Marvin – Wandrin Star

7. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky

8. Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

9. England World Cup Squad – Back Home

10. Free – All Right Now

Today in the second hour we started with three in a row –

Mark Ronson ft Amy Winehouse – Valerie

Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning

Moloko – Sing it Back

We then reviewed the “Oldies” Music News and played

David Bowie – Golden Years (His 65th Birthday This week)

Roxy Music – Love is the Drug (Brian Ferry married recently)

Paul McCartney – Coming Up (Releasing a new album next month)

The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (Reuniting for a new album and tour)

Then a few random oldies to round off the show…

Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name

ZZ Top – Give me All Your Lovin’

Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

The Buskin Boys – Brown Eyed Girl (Reprise of last week’s studio guests performance)

Yazoo – Don’t Go

A great pleasure as always… See you next week….

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Sunday Replay 8 Jan. 2002 and The Buskin Boys

Today we revisited 2002, heard the top ten selling tunes of the year and reviewed some of the year’s events.
Top Ten 2002:
1. Anything is Possible/Evergreen – Will Young
2. Unchained Melody – Gareth Gates
3. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
4. Dilemma – Nelly ft Kelly Rowland
5. A Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs JXL
6. Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) – Gareth Gates
7. Whenever Wherever – Shakira
8. The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup
9. Just a Little – Liberty X
10. Without me – Eminem

In the second hour it was my great pleasure to welcome Charles Daborne and Samuel Allen to the Phoenix FM studios, who together perform as The Buskin Boys.
The Boys treated us to five of the songs they perform. You can hear the complete interview and session here:-

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Tracks Played By the Buskin Boys during the session were:-
Belle of Belfast City
You and I (Lady Gaga song)
Little Lion Man
Brown Eyed Girl
Galway Girl

My thanks to Charles and Sam for a great enjoyable session. If you want to hear more search out The Buskin Boys on Facebook.

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Sunday Replay 8th January…. 2002 and The Buskin Boys

On this weeks show on Sunday at 2pm we’ll be journeying back ten years to replay the music and events of 2002. In the second hour I will be joined in the studio by The Buskin Boys, a folk duo from Brentwood who will be performing a few familiar oldies with a folk edge along with one or two that may not be so familiar. So join me at 2pm this Sunday on Phoenix FM in association with Kirby’s Coaches

The Buskin Boys

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A New Year’s Replay

A Brand New Year – Some Good Old Songs – Most of them on the theme of Passing Time
Dina Carroll – A Perfect Year
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians – Enjoy Yourself
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Matt Munro – Born Free
Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
Paul Weller – Time Passes
Michael Jackson – Remember the Time
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
George Michael – Praying for Time
Chris Farlow – Out of Time
Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year?
Shalamar – A Night to Remember
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night
Buddy Holley & The Crickets – That’ll Be The Day
Bill Haley & The Comets – Rock around the Clock
The Beatles – A Hard Days Night
Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour
Mary Hopkin – Those Were the Days
Mike & the Mechanics – The Living Years
R Kelly – If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time
Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger
U2 – New Year’s Day
Abba – Happy New Year
M People – Search for The Hero
Booker T & The MG’s – Time is Tight

Happy New Year!

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A New Years Replay… Sunday 1st January 2012

Join me this New Years Day at 2pm for a New Years Replay, a relaxing mix of music related to the passing of time and a review of 2011, remembering some of the people we have lost along the way. That’s A New Years Replay, New Year’s Day at 2pm here on Phoenix, in association with Kirby’s Coaches.

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25th/26th December – A Christmas Replay

Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is the music :-
David Essex – Winter’s Tale
Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas
Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You
Jonah Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
John & Yoko – Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Johnny Mathis – When a Child is Born
Cliff Richard – The Millennium Prayer
East 17 – Stay Another Day
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Harry Belafonte – Mary’s Boy Child
Wham – Last Christmas
Boney M _ Mary’s Boy Child
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas Time
Darlene Love – Alone at Christmas
Brenda Lee – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Santa Clause is Coming to Town
The Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Cliff Richard – Saviours Day
The Feeling – Feels Like Christmas
Jackson 5 – Frosty the Snowman
Vanessa Williams – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Gilbert O’Sullivan – I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas
Dean Martin – I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas
Beach Boys – Merry Christmas Baby
Amy Grant – O Come Let Us Adore Him
Boyz to Men – Silent Night
Aled Jones – Walking in the Air
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Not a song title, just my wish for you. My last show this year but I’ll be back on New Year’s Day for A New Year’s Replay. Have fun this Holiday Season. Peace to All.

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Sunday Replay Christmas Party 18 December

Well there I was in my party hat looking forward to pulling my cracker and enjoying the Sunday Replay Christmas party, a mix of great party and Christmas tunes. In case you missed it the tunes we played were:
The Pogues & Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York
John Lennon – Imagine
Robbie Williams – Angels
Wham – Last Christmas
Village People – YMCA
Ottowan – D.I.S.C.O
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolph
ABBA – Dancing Queen
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
B52’s – Love Shack
Madness – Baggy Trousers
Los Del Rio – Macarena
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Diana Ross – Upside Down
Kool & The Gang – Get Down on It
Rose Royce – Car Wash
James Brown – Get up Offa That Thing
Oliver Cheetham – Make Luv
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Barry White – You’re The First, My Last, My Everything
Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas
Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody
Lou Rawls – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas



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Sunday Replay Christmas Party 18 December

Yes everyone is invited to the Sunday Replay Christmas Party, this Sunday on Phoenix FM when we’ll have a mix of great party music, some fave christmas tunes, and some of your seasonal requests and dedications. You can watch Bob Simpson pull his own cracker by visiting and finding the studio webcam. That’s this Sunday at 2pm on Phoenix FM, brought to you in association with Kirby’s Coaches

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Sunday Replay 11th December – Three in One

Todays show was an extended version of the Sunday Replay that took on a different flavour in each of the three hours. The first hour was a mix of good oldies including a few from the eighties inspired by a telephone request from fellow Phoenix presenter Stephen Bealey.
Level 42 – Something About You
Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Phil Collins – Two Hearts
Adele – Someone Like You
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Rolling Stones – The Last Time
Sister Sledge – Lost in Music
Abba – Voulez Vous
David Bowie – Lets Dance
The Second Hour saw us travelling back to 1992 for the top selling tunes of that year.
10. Wet Wet Wet – Goodnight Girl
9. Boyz II Men – End of the Road
8. Michael Jackson – Heal the World
7. Jimmy Nail – Ain’t No Doubt
6. Erasure – S.O.S (from ABBA-esqe EP)
5. KWS – Please Don’t Go
4. Shakespeare’s Sister – Stay With Me
3. Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
2. Snap – Rythm is a Dancer
1. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
On to the third hour and we continued The Sunday Replay Countdown to Christmas with a whole hour of Christmas music including this week’s Christmas Curiosity from John Denver and the Muppets!
Jonah Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Chuck Berry – Run Run Rudolf
The Darkness – Christmas Time
The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter
Christmas Carol – Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Darlene Love – White Christmas
Dean Martin – It’s Beginning to look a Lot Like Christmas
Dido – Christmas Day
The 12 Days of Christmas – John Denver & The Mupets
Aretha Franklin – Winter Wonderland
Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby
I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Clause
Next week, You are invited to the Sunday Replay Christmas Party. Here at Phoenix FM at 2pm. Merry Christmas!

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A Whole Extra Hour of Sunday Replay – This Sunday 1pm

Join me at the earlier time of 1pm this week for our usual mix of great oldies, plus a trip back to 1992 and a look at that year’s major events with the top 10 selling tunes of the year. We will also be continuing our countdown to Christmas with some of your favourite Christmas tunes and a look at the history of Christmas music and carols. Only two weeks to go… Don’t Panic!

Bob Simpson

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Countdown to Christmas – Sunday Replay 4 December

With only three weeks to go to Christmas day we started the Sunday Replay countdown to Christmas today, but not before we travelled back to 1976 for an hour of heat, drought and nostalgia. Yes the year the water nearly ran out led us to listen to these top ten selling tunes of the year.

1. Save Your Kisses for Me – Brotherhood of Man

2. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee

3. Missisipi – Pussycat

4. Dancing Queen – Abba

5. A Little bit More – Dr Hook

6. If You Leave me Now – Chicago

7. Fernando – Abba

8. I Love to Love – Tina Charles

9. Forever and Ever – Demis Roussos

10. Under the Moon of Love – Showaddywaddy

1976 – Average House Price – £12,704

Gallon of petrol – £0.76p!!!!

In the second hour we started our countdown to Christmas with a mix of some good oldies, some great Christmas records and our Christmas curiosity – Rolf Harris – The Christmas Pig!

Last Christmas – Wham

Thank God it’s Christmas – Queen

Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters

Secret Smile – Semisonic

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Handbags and Gladrags – Stereophonics

The Christmas Pig – Rolf Harris

Merry Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Feels Like Christmas – The Feeling

Ok so this time next week it’s only two weeks to Christmas Day – See you then!!!

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Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five. Sunday Replay, 27 November

Paul McCartney and Wings introduced our featured year this week – 1985.
Along with some events of that year we heard the ten best selling tunes:
1. Jennifer Rush – The Power of Love
2. Elaine Paige & Barbara Dixon – I Know him So Well
3. Madonna – Get into The Groove
4. Paul Hardcastle – 19
5. Sister Sledge – Frankie
6. David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
7. Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
8. A-Ha – Take on Me
9. Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart
10. Foreigner -I Want to Know What Love Is
The second hour was a random stroll through some oldies but starting with a bit of a boogie to celebrate the start of Christmas party season:
Boogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey
And the Beat Goes on – The Whispers
Feels so Real – Steve Arrington
Hole in the Head – Sugababes
Every Kind Of People – Robert Palmer
Cuddly Toy – Roachford
I’m Outta Love – Anastacia
Baby Come Back – Equals
Stay With Me – The Faces
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Boys and Girls – Blur

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Sunday Replay with Ed Wellman & Kirby’s Coaches

Great pleasure to sit in for Bob this afternoon on the Sunday Replay with Kirby’s Coaches.
Featured year today was 1974, well I just about remember that!

Bay City Rollers – Shang-A-lang (1974)
Flashback – Imagination
John Denver – Annie’s Song (1974)
For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
Genesis – Invisible Touch
The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze (yes, all 6 minutes) (1974)
Cheryl Lynn – All My Lovin’
Santana – Samba Pa Ti (1974)
The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown
Village People – YMCA
MFSB – The Sound of Philadelphia (1974)
Bros – When will I be famous
The Drifters – Kissing in the back row (1974)
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Surrender
Jamelia – Superstar
Billy Swan – I can help (1974)
Kylie Minogue – I should be so lucky
Wham! – Wham Rap!
Warren G and Adina Howard – What’s love got to do with it
First Class – Beach Baby (1974)
Queen – Radio Gaga
Chic – Good Times
Pixie Lott – What do you take me for

Bob will be back next week…
See you for some Sunday Breakfast at 7am

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Bad News Year 1993 Sunday Replay 13 November

I found it almost impossible to find any good news from 1993 this week, it seemed to be all death and disaster so we concentrated on the music instead! Top Ten of the year were as follows:

1. I’d Do Anything for Love – Meatloaf

2. (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You

3. All That She Wants – Ace of Base

4. No Limit – 2 Unlimited

5. Dreams – Gabrielle

6. Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby

7. Oh Carolina – Shaggy

8. What is Love – Haddaway

9. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

10. Mr Vain – Culture Beat

In the second hour we meandered amongst some nice random oldies including:

Girl’s Talk – Dave Edmunds

Back in the Night – Dr Feelgood

Lamarr – If There’s any Justice

The Eagles – Take it Easy

Something – The Beatles

Run To You – Brian Adams

Lets Stick Together – Brian Ferry

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

It’s Different for Girls – Joe Jackson

Super Duper Love – Joss Stone

Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elleman

Jump to the Beat – Stacy Lattislaw

Back in two weeks… See you then!











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Presenter’s Trousers Catch Fire on Sunday Replay 6 November!

Great drama at the Sunday Replay bonfire party today when Bob Simpson’s trousers caught fire, but more of that later…
First we revisited 1982 with a look at the year’s events. In 1982 a gallon of petrol was £1.59 and the average house price £23,644.
The top selling singles of the year were:
1. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2. Fame – Irene Cara
3. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
4. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
5. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tight Fit
6. Pass the Duchie – Musical Youth
7. I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant
8. Seven Tears – Goombay Dance Band
9. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
10. Town Called Malice – The Jam

In the second hour we had the story of The Sunday Replay Bonfire Party:
So we’re gonna have a bonfire party here on phoenix fm. The first thing we need to do is make a guy, old clothes stuffed with newspaper, a mask, Oh no Can’t be bothered with that, I’m gonna steal Somebody Elses’ Guy!(Joycelyn Brown)
No musn’t do that really, it’s wrong to steal. I’ve decided to use My Guy (Mary Wells)
Ok that’s sorted out the guy, I piled up some old wood earlier and now it’s time to Light my Fire (The Doors)
Fire (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
Well the fire’s roaring now, Flames high in the air. Oops I just got a bit too near to it, I’ve set the bottom of my trousers alight – I’m on fire! (Bruce Springsteen)
Oh no! the flames are travelling up my legs!
Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
I’ve had to rush indoors to put myself out in the shower, my trousers have burn’t away completely, but I’m ok. Oh no I must have set fire to the curtains on the way in – I’m going to end up Burning down the House.(Tom Jones & Cardigans)
Call the Fire Brigade! (The Move)
OK the fireman saved my house, but they also put the bonfire out. Oh well guess I’ll just have to Relight my fire! (Take That Ft. Lulu)
His latest flame. (Elvis Presley)
Ok time for the display. Lets choose the first Firework. (Katy Perry)
Time for a giant roman candle. Wow this one’s spectacular, it’s shooting out stars. Just a minute, the stars are spelling out some words… it says “Sunday Replay” Amazing, It’s Written in the Stars (Paul Weller)
Well the fireworks are nearly over now, some people like bangers, some like Catherine wheels, others prefer roman candles. Me? I’m a Rocket Man (Elton John)
Oh well good job we’ve finished our party, it’s just started raining. Guess it’s going to put the fire out, but you never know, it might Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)

See You Next Week!!!

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Listen Out for The Sunday Replay Bonfire Party. Sunday from 2pm

Yes this Sunday here on Phoenix all are welcome to join me for The Sunday Replay Bonfire Party, a selection of the worst possible links to Fire/Firework related music tracks from the past. The party starts at 3pm but before that from 2pm we revisit the year 1982 when petrol was just £1.59p a GALLON and Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. Along with the events of the year we’ll be hearing the top ten best selling singles of the year.

So be sure to join me, Bob Simpson for two hours of nostalgia and fun here on Phoenix 98FM for the Sunday Replay, in association with Kirby’s Coaches.

The Original Oldie

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Boo! Spooky Sunday Replay 30 October

I managed to escape the studio for most of the second hour of today’s show when it was taken over by my (almost) live guests, Michael Jackson, Vincent Price, Ghosts, Ghouls, Witches and Vampires. Some of the music they played was:
Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dancefloor
Creedance Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
ELO – Evil Woman
Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft
Elvis Presley – Devil in Disguise
Chris Rea – The Road to Hell
Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Redbone – Witch Queen of New Orleans
The Specials – Ghost Town
The Witchdoctor – David Seville
Ray Parker Junior – Ghostbusters
Michael Jackson – Thriller

Before this in the first hour we revisited the year of 2005.
The top ten selling tunes of the year were:
1. (Is This the Way to) Amarillo – Tony Christie
2. That’s my Goal – Shayne Ward
3. Axel F – Crazy Frog
4. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
5. All About You – McFly
6. Lonely – Akon
7. Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls Ft. Busta Rhymes
8. JCB Song – Nizlopi
9. You Raise me Up – Westlife
10. Hung Up – Madonna

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1966 and all that – Sunday Replay 23 October

On the day that New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup Final we celebrated another great World Cup victory in 1966 by the England Football Team. We learned that the price of a litre of petrol was around 6p in 1966 and listened to the top ten best selling singles of that year:-

1. Distant Drums – Jim Reeves

2. Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra

3. Spanish Flea – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

4. Hold Tight – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

5. Sloop John B – Beach Boys

6. These Boots are Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

7. God Only Knows – Beach Boys

8. Mama – Dave Berry

9. A Groovy Kind of Love – The Mindbenders

10. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

In the second hour we had part two of Eighties Movie Hits, continued from last week.

Tracks played were

Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough (Jewel of the Nile)

ELO – All Over the World (Xanadu)

Kenny Loggins – Dangerzone (Top Gun)

James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good) (Good Morning Vietnam)

Marvin Gaye – I Heard it Through the Grapevine (The Big Chill)

Aretha Franklin – Think (The Blues Brothers)

Maria McKee – Show Me Heaven (Days of Thunder)

Chris De Burgh – Lady in Red (Working Girl)

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Tracks of my Tears (Platoon)

Beach Boys – Kokomo (Cocktail)

and Starship – Nothings Gonna Stop us Now (Mannequin)










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Back to 1977 – This Week’s Sunday Replay 16 October

The year of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, The Death of Elvis and The beginning of Star Wars were remembered in this week’s show. The top selling singles of the year were:
1. Mull of Kintyre – Wings
2. Don’t Give Up on Us – David Soul
3. Don’t Cry for me Argentina – Julie Covington
4. When I Need You – Leo Sayer
5. Silver Lady – David Soul
6. Knowing Me Knowing You – ABBA
7. I Feel Love – Donna Summer
8. Way Down – Elvis Presley
9. So You Win Again – Hot Chocolate
10. Angelo – Brotherhood of Man

In the second Hour we had music from the Movies of the Eighties, including:
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) from The Breakfast Club
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love from Back to the Future
Ray Parker Jnr – Ghostbusters
Irene Cara – Fame
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F from Beverley Hills Cop
The Contours – Do You Love Me from Dirty Dancing
Georgio Moroder and Phil Oakey – Together in Electric Dreams from Electric Dreams
Christopher Cross – Arthurs Theme (Best That You Can Do) from Arthur
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
See You Next Week!

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Sunday Replay 9 October 2011 – Number Ones

Todays show was a blast of number one hits from the past in alphabetical order by artist. A couple of “cheats” with the more difficult letters of the alphabet, but an enjoyable show to present none the less. The Alphabet of Oldies went like this:-
A is for ABBA – Waterloo
B is for Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
C is for Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
D is for Douglas (Carl) – Kung Fu Fighting
E is for Essex (David) – Gonna Make You a Star
F is for Fat Boy Slim – Praise You
G is for Gabrielle – Dreams
H is for Hanson – MMMBop
I is for Iron Maiden – Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter
J is for Jam – Going Underground
K is for Kravitz (Lenny) – Fly Away
L is for Lennon (John) – Woman
M is for Monkees – I’m a Believer
N is for New Order – World in Motion
O is for Orbison (Roy) – Only the Lonely
P is for Presley (Elvis) – It’s Now or Never
Q is for Quatro (Suzi) – Can The Can
R is for Roling Stones – Satisfaction
S is for Sugababes – Push the Button
T is for Take That – Sure
U is for Ure (Midge) – If I Was
V is for Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
W is for Walker Brothers – The Sun ain’t Gonna Shine any More
X is for Liberty X (cheat!) – Just a Little
Y is for Young (Paul) – Wherever I Lay My Hat
Z is for Babylon Zoo (another cheat!) – Spaceman

Back to the usual format next week, travelling back to a particular year of your life with Kirby’s Coaches. Have great week and keep listening to Phoenix FM

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Sunday Replay 2 October – Back to 1987

In the sweltering heat of a steamy studio today we revisited 1987 – The year of the great storm, the stock market crash, and Rick Astley! The top selling singles of 1987 were…
1. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
2. Nothings Gonna Stop us Now – Starship
3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
4. You Win Again – The Bee Gees
5. China in Your Hand – T’Pau
6. Respectable – Mel and Kim
7. Stand by Me – Ben E King
8. It’s a Sin – Pet Shop Boys
9. Pump up The Volume – MARRS
10. Star Trekkin – The Firm
In the second hour we had some great early Soul Music from Atlantic Records including Tracks from Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, The Drifters, Brook Benton and many more. Geat music for a hot afternoon!
NEXT WEEK… The A-Z of Number one Oldies…

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Sunday Replay 25 September

Today’s Sunday Replay was a trip back to 1999 for the year’s Top Ten Selling Singles.
1. Britney Spears – Baby one More Time
2. Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
3. The Millenium Prayer – Cliff Richard
4. Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of) – Lou Bega
5. 9pm (Till I Come)
6. Livin La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
7. That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
8. Sweet Like Chocolate – Shanks & Bigfoot
9. When the Going gets Tough – Boyzone
10. Bring it all Back – S Club 7
In the second hour we had a Reggae-a-thon with great tracks from many artists including John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, Althia and Donna, Dennis Brown, and of course, Bob Marley.
More great music on the Sunday Replay next week. Keep listening!

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Sunday Replay 18 September

On today’s Sunday Replay at 2pm we counted down the top ten hits of 1980 and looked at some of the key events of that year.

The Top Ten Best Selling Singles of 1980

1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police

2. I am a Woman in Love – Barbra Streisand

3. Feels like I’m in Love – Kelly Marie

4. Super Trooper – Abba

5. D.I.S.C.O. – Ottowan

6. The Tide is High – Blondie

7. Geno – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

8. Coward of the County – Kenny Rogers

9. Together We are Beautiful – Fern Kinney

10. Just Like Starting Over – John Lennon

In the Second hour we had a whole hour of Rock N Roll hits from the 50’s and 60’s. I’d forgotten what great music it is. We had Hits from Elvis, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Bill Haley and the Comets, Buddy Holley and the Crickets and many more too numerous too mention.

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Once again I had the pleasure of “sitting in” on the Sunday Replay this week.

We enjoyed a “round trip” of music across 6 decades, starting and finishing in 1959.

First off it was Bobby Darin’s “DREAM LOVER” which was followed by Eternal’s number one smash “I WANNA BE THE ONLY ONE” from 1997 and then, what was probably, the biggest hit by Human League, “DON’T YOU WANT ME BABY”.

We couldn’t go a week without a song from Stevie Wonder and “SIGNED,SEALED, DELIVERED” was the essential offering this week. The happy sound of KC & The Sunshine Band’s “BABY GIVE IT UP” preceded the Bellamy Bros with “LET YOUR LOVE FLOW”. Winding up the first half hour of hits were The Four Seasons with their 1976 song, “OH WHAT A NIGHT”.

The Walker Bros with “NO REGRETS” were driving the next cab out of the rank, followed quickly by the sensational Squeeze track, “TEMPTED” and the Darius song “COLOURBLIND”. We then had some serious grooving with “PRAISE YOU” from Fat Boy Slim and winding up the first hour was John Cougar Mellenkamp with “THE BALLAD OF JACK & DIANE” and the Four Tops cover version of the Left Bank original, “WALK AWAY RENEE”.

We opened the second hour by coming almost as up to date as it is possible to be in an oldies shows, with Katy Perry’s hit recording from just a year ago, “CALIFORNIA GURLS”. Next up was Van Halen with “JUMP”, and “INDIANA WANTS ME” by R Dean Taylor.

Fleetwood Mac were next up with “DON’T STOP THINKING” followed by “SAY HELLO, WAVE GOODBYE” from Soft Cell and “THE POWER of LOVE” from Huey Lewis & The News.

Joe Cocker launched the final half hour with “YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON” followed by two rock ballads, “HIGH ON YOU” from Survivor and “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN'” by Journey.

We then had a mini soul sesh from the 1960’s – “PEOPLE GOTTA BE FREE” by Dionne Warwick, “THINK” from Aretha Franklin and “HOLD ON I’M COMING” by Sam & Dave which brought us almost back to our starting point in 1959, from which year we played one side of a double A side hit from Elvis Presley – “I NEED YOUR LOVE TONIGHT” (The other side was “A FOOL SUCH AS I”).

We played out with a tad of the instrumental classic track by The Commodores, “MACHINE GUN”.

Once again I had a ball presenting this show and hope you enjoyed the music as much as me.

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Sunday Replay – 31st July 2011

I had the pleasure of covering Sunday Replay today and we started off the show with 10cc and Dreadlock Holiday  followed by the well known Take On Me by A1.
Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas led us onto The Beach Boys with Good Vibrations, after which Nat King Cole’s Mon Lisa played.

Next up was Blondie and Heart of Glass, and then one of the top played songs at parties and weddings, Celebration, by Kool And The Gang, proved why it was so popular.
After Price with Kiss I played a few dance tracks for you such as Y.M.C.A by The Village People, Staying Alive by Bee Gee’s and then Dancing in the Street by  David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

Guns and Roses’ Sweet Child of mine started the seconded hour of the show, followed by Chuck Berry with You can Never Tell and Meatloaf with Dead Ringer for Love.

Lady Gaga has recently said she gets inspiration from style and music Icon Madonna, so next I played Like a Prayer by Madonna herself and Alejandro by Gaga. I then played a more modern song by Jessie J- Nobody’s perfect followed by a blast of the 60’s with Jimi Hendrix who is part of club 27, which Amy Winehouse has sadly joined recently so her track Tears dry on Their Own played next as a Tribute.

Coming to the end of the show, Elton John’s collaboration with Leann Rimes, Written in the stars was before the news that Katherine Jackson is planning a Tribute show for her son Michael. Most of the Jackson’s are behind her, however Randy and Jermaine think it’s ill timed. The reason for this is the date of the concert will be two weeks into the trail of Conrad Murray, who is the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the star’s death. Therefore I thought I would remind us of the good times the Jackson family have had by playing Blame it On The Boogie.

To end the show we had a bit of girl power with Gloria Gaynor with I Will Survive and Whitney Houston’s My Love is Your Love.

Even-though I wasn’t born when most of these songs came out I still enjoyed playing and listening to them this week and hope you did too!

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SUNDAY REPLAY – Playlist 24th July 2011

For a fourth time this year I was delighted to have the opportunity to play some of my favourite “oldies” on THE SUNDAY REPLAY yesterday.

“OLD TIME ROCK ‘N ROLL” by Bob Segar set the scene which was quickly followed by Robert Palmer’s signature tune, “ADDICTED TO LOVE” and the anthem for Laura Brannigan, “GLORIA”.

Next up was Sister Sledge with the extended version of “WE ARE FAMILY” and then it was the turn of the BOSS, Bruce Springstein with “GLORY DAYS”, followed quickly by Stevie Wonder’s “UPTIGHT, OUTTA SIGHT”.

At the midway point in the first hour we had a bit of a change of pace with Faith Hill’s “THE WAY YOU LOVE ME”, “BOTH SIDES NOW” from Judy Collins, Maria McKee’s song from the 1990 film “DAYS OF THUNDER” – “SHOW ME HEAVEN” and the Carpenters’ 1972 hit “GOODBYE TO LOVE”.

Winding up the first hour it was Hall & Oates version of the Righteous Brothers classic, “YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING”, “IF I HAD YOU” by The Korgis and the 1981 very soulful song, “TEMPTED” by Squeeze.

Proving that they still make great music today, the second hour opener Mika’s “WE ARE GOLDEN”, came from just a couple of years back. Bruce Hornsby and The Range were driving the next cab in the rank with “THE WAY IT IS” followed by The Stereophonics version of “HANDBAGS and GLADRAGS”.

Another change of pace saw “BABY WHEN YOU’RE GONE” by Bryan Adams and Mel C with the Doobey Bros in the slipstream with “CHINA GROVE” and Wilson Picket’s version of The Beatle’s 1969 classic, “HEY JUDE”.

Being determined not to go out with a whimper, the final half hour was launched by Steve Winwood and “TAKE IT AS IT COMES” followed by a clutch of absolute stonkers. First up we had Huey Lewis and the News with “HIP TO BE SQUARE” swiftly followed by “GET OUTTA MY DREAMS” from Billy Ocean, Marvin Gaye’s “CAN I GET A WITNESS” and “NOWHERE TO RUN” from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

Our closing songs were “BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN” from Living in A Box and “ROAD RUNNER” by Jnr Walker and the Allstars.

Once again it was great to be able to play some of the best songs that have been released over the past half century. If you enjoyed this music half as much as I enjoyed playing it, you will hopefully have had a great Sunday afternoon.

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I was delighted to have had the opportunity to sit in on The SUNDAY REPLAY again on Father’s Day.

We started with a current song from Young Lives and Human Again and then moved into the oldies proper with Bryan Ferry’s “Let’s Stick Together”; then it was back to 1968 for the “Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” by OC Smith. We then played The Pet Shop Boys version of the old Elvis Presley hit, “Always on my Mind.

We then went “Rocking All Over The World” with Status Quo and then it was back to school with Cat Stevens and “Remember the Days of the old Schoolyard. Neil Diamond was next out of the hat with his 1966 hit, “Cherry,Cherry” followed swiftly by Take That and Lulu with “Relight My Fire”.

Launching the next 30 minutes it was the one hit wonder “Isn’t it Time” from The Baby’s followed by The Temptations and “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Whitney Houston was up next with “How Will I Know” taken off her 1985 debut album then with the theme from America’s Greatest Hero – “Believe it or Not” and The Moody Blues with “Your Wildest Dreams”. Winding up the first hour it was “Nathan Jones” by The Supremes.

Hot Chocolate’s “Everyone’s A Winner” launched the second hour and to prove that next up was Chairman of The Board with “Elmo James2 and “Gloria” by Laura Branigan.

We then moved on to visit “Nutbush City Limits” in the company of Ike & Tina Turner followed by a trip aboard the “City of New Orleans” with Arlo Guthrie. Winding up this half hour was Eternal with BeBe Wynans and “I Wanna be The Only One.

We went into the final leg of the show with Marvin Gaye and “Ain’t That Peculiar” followed by the 2009 song “Slice” by Five for Fighting. Two smooth songs for a Sunday afternoon followed – “Stainsby Girls” from Chris Rea and Eric Carmen’s “Make Me Lose Control”. The Four Tops followed with “Walk Away Renee” and KC & The Sunshine Band with “Baby Give it Up”.

“La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens dating back to 1958 and thus the oldest song in today’s REPLAY followed. Our final song today was “The One and Only” by Chesney Hawkes.

I had a ball playing this lot and hope you enjoyed these great oldies as well.

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SUNDAY REPLAY – 1st May 2011

Yesterday I had the pleasure of deputising for the holidaying, Dave Turner on The Sunday Replay. This gave me the opportunity to play some of my favourite tracks.

We kicked off with DOWN UNDER by MEN AT WORK which was closely followed by NOWHERE TO RUN by MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS, the 70’s classic LISTEN TO THE MUSIC by the DOOBIE BROS and IKE & TINA TURNER’s all time great RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH.


THE TRAMMPS version of DISCO INFERNO preceded two 60’s soul classics, ARETHA FRANKLIN’s RESPECT and THE MIDNIGHT HOUR frm WILSON PICKETT. Bringing the first hour to a close with a bang we had ROLL WITH IT by STEVE WINWOOD and a smidgen of MACHINE GUN by THE COMMODORES.

Being a MAY DAY Bank HOLIDAY, I decided to celebrate in style with a special “Three O’Clock Thrill” of Rock ‘N Roll greats from the Dreamboats and Petticoats era.

To set the scene we played OLD TIME ROCK ‘N ROLL by BOB SEGAR followed by a clutch of the real thing. First off it was CHRIS MONTEZ with LET’S DANCE, THE LOCOMOTION from LITTLE EVA, the great beebop sound of BLUE MOON by THE MARCELLS and DEL SHANNON’s RUNAWAY.

Winding up the Rock ‘N Roll session were JERRY LEE LEWIS with HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES by CURTIS LEE, WILD ONE by BOBBY RYDELL, HOUND DOG from the days when ELVIS PRESLEY was in his prime and finally, for me the definitive version of DO YOU LOVE ME by THE CONTOURS.

Having had my foot on the accelerator for a good 90 minutes, we slowed the pace just a tad for the last 30 minutes of the show with JESSIE’s GIRL by RICK SPRINGFIELD, LONELY BOY by ANDREW GOLD and BROKEN GLASS by ANNIE LENNOX. We then had PILOT of the AIRWAYS by CHARLIE DORE, ISLAND by GERRY RAFFERTY and a lovely song called DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A DREAMER by KENNY ROGERS and KIM CARNES.


I hope you enjoyed the listening to the music as much as I did playing it out on a lovely sunny BANK HOLIDAY MAY DAY weekend.

Fear not normality will return next week when DAVE TURNER will be back in the hot seat next Sunday at 2.

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Sunday replay goes all advertising

Something different for this Sunday. Advertising is a good way of selling music or just reminding you of music of the past. So with some great tracks adverting anyhing from drinks, clothing, insurance and mostly the cars we drive today. It could have been quite easy to do a full show on cars alone let alone anything else.

There was also a three from one at three with Queen taking centre stage. Yes these queen tracks have been used in advertising but, also something for Andy(best man at my wedding) as he will be getting married next Saturday so these were played just for him and his future wife Michelle.

I’m not about next weekend but will be back with on Sunday 17th with something new.

Fratelies – Chelsea Dagger
E.L.O Mr Blue sky
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
Chesney hawkes – The one and only
The Cure – In between days
The Ting Tings – Shut up and dance
Slade – Cum feel the noise
Queen – Dont stop me know
Queen – A kind a magic
Queen You’re my best friend
Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters
Simple Minds – alive and kicking
Steve Miller Band – The joker
Mud – Tiger feet
Motorhead – Ace of spades
Marvyne Gaye – Heard it through the grape vine
Scouting for Girls – She so loverly
Eddie Cochran – Comon everybody
Dave Clarke Five – Catch us if you can
David Bowie – Life on Mars
Otis Reading – Sitting on the dock of the bay
Frankie goes to Hollywood – Relax
Brian May – Driven by you
Gary Newman – Cars
Iggy Pop – Lust for life
Lenny Kravitz – Fly away
The Cult – She sells sanctuary
Boston – more that a feeling
Caesars – Jerk it out

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One hit wonders

Today I thought I try something a bit different. We all know about those one hit wonders where they come from and where they went.

Today we had some cracking songs to bring you. I must admit I knew the songs just some I didn’t know who sang them.

As we all knew things like Thunderclap Newman, Golden Earing, Big Country & Steelers wheel. But some of the lesser known people like Charlene, Bobby Blue, there were also many missing tracks that I just couldn’t fit in to the show. Nina 99 red baloons was one that really should have been played!!!

Keep an ear out for next Sundays show you never know just what we could be playing next!!

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The Sunday time will forget!!!!!

What a weekend!!!! How did it all go wrong. Well Friday evening was my time in the top 20’s with the David Bowie night. This allmost went to plan. Well almost. Then came Saturday which I spent most of the day laying on my bed or on the sofa. Had a headache that just didnt want to leave me. Sunday I thought would be better. WRONG!!! Wake up a bit late then thought it was time for a shower. Not quite! Shower broken, run to shop get new one and try to fit it. Thankfully I have a briliant neighbour who will help me out almost every time. Including today. Running VERY late now and STILL no show ready for today. I’m never this disorganised.Well, what the heck lets just go with what Ihave on my pocket drive and whats in the studio. Hopefully I’ve played something for everyone.

Scott Ross is filling in for me next Sunday as I’m having some time off for my birthday next week. But, I’m here for the Commentry Box on Friday evening 8 until 10pm with Dan Westram. Steve Robertson is taking a few weeks off on Fridays so Just me and Dan running things for a few weeks.

Genesis – Invisible Touch
Go West – We Close Our Eyes
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
Mettallica Nothing Else Matters
Queen – Friends Will Be Friends
Rainbow – Since You’ve Been Gone
REM – Man On The Moon
Keane – Bedshaped
Razorlight – America
The Who – Pinball Wizard
Weezer – Buddy Holly
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Yazz And The Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up
Tracy Ullman – Breakaway
Style Council – Shout To The Top
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Tompson Twins – Hold Me Now
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Alexander O’Neal – Criticise
Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
Steve Arrington – Feel So Real
Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love
Temptations – Treat her like a lady

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Motown greats

Well I had a great idea of getting some of the best music ever produced played on Sunday 20th Feb. Why because we dont seem to play enough Motown. So, off I trot and get as much of this greatness as possible. Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Four tops, Temptations, Edwin Star. These were all played with some getting a double play.

For the second hour is was still the sixties but, had to get some good old classics out of the way. The Beatles, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humpadinck. The we had the two best football anthems every made. Gerry and the Pacemakers – You’ll never walk alone and the Dave Clark Five – Glad all over. OK the second one is only in the hearts of two groups of football supporters Crystal Palace and some team from the north west of England.

Have a listen next Sunday for a new year only on Phoenix 98FM.

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Today we head back to 1995

As we roll the year back to 1995. With the battle of the Brit Pop bands Oasis, Blur and Pulp all vieng for the top No 1 British band. Easy winner there. Its Pulp.

With the release of there debut album the Foo fighters made the normal apperance on the show. With the name the foo fighters this was almost entirely done by Dave Grohl himself. Later adding new members of the band.

As to relax you into James Moloney’s show I relazed the last part of the show with something a bit more gentle.

Edwin Collins – Never meet a girl….
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Beatles – Free as a bird
Oasis – Roll With It
Blur – Charmless man
Pulp – Common People
Def Lpepard – When love and hate collide
Bon Jovi – Hey God
Foo Fighters- Big me
Hootie and the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You
Meat Loaf – I’d lie for you
Smokie – Living next door to alice
Bobby Brown – Two Can Play That Game
Montell Jordan – This is how we do it
Everything but the Girl – Missing
Simply Red – Fairground
TLC – Waterfalls
Ini Kamoze – Here comes the hot steppa
Coolio – Gangsters paradise
Jodeci – Freakin you
Boyz II 2 Men- I’ll make love to you
Blessed Union of Souls – I Believe
Michael Jackson – You are not alone
Annie Lennox – No more I love yous

Another year to come on every Sunday from 2-4pm

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This year that was …

1980! As is the norm I kick off with something slow. So today we went for Barbara SteIsand’s woman in love. A really great track. With begining of the 80’s we had to have the good old disco tracks coming out again. George Benson, Michael Jackson, Lipps Inc. How can you not want to get up and dance to those.

Being a bit of a rocker at heart I thoguth we should have something with a bit of kick to it. Motorhead’s Ace of Spades that still this day gets used in ads and backing music will be one of those classics that will live for ever along with AC/DC Back to black. This also used for many ads and backing to films and TV.
Barbra Steeisand – Woman In Love
Detroit Spinners – Working my way back to you
Kenny Rogers – Coward of the county
John Lennon- Just Like starting over
David Bowie- Ashes to Ashes
Kate Bush – Babooshka
ELO & Olivia Newton John – Xanadu
Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody
Suicide Is Painless
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AC/DC – Back in Black
Queen – Crazy little thing called Love
The Police – Don’t stand so close to me
Blondie – Atomic
Dexy’s midnight runners – Geno
Paul McCartney – Coming Up
Abba – Super Trouper
Lipps Inc – Funky Town
Kelly Marie – Feels like im in love
Michael Jackson – Rock with you
George Benson – Give me the night
Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster
The Specials – Message for you Rudy
The Pretenders- Brass In Pocket
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Irene Cara – Fame

Next Sunday we will be diving into the 1990’s. But where we stop I really don’t know.

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I was only thirteen in 1985

Well today saw me go back to the eighties. 85 was the year so thought I’d have a good look round for what I could play. I had to start with something a bit slower today. Foreigner I want to know what love is followed by Jennifer Rush and her version of the power of love.Also a timeless classic from Mr Mister, Broken wings. Another track played not very often but when it does it gets you thinking. I even managed a double by Tears for fears because I couldn’t make my mind up which one to play, so we had both Everybody wants to rule the world and Shout. The cheese side come from Sister Sledge’s Frankie. I couldn’t find Joe Dolche – Shut uppa your face so had to go without.

I also had a good old classic that I hadn’t heard for a while, Murray Head and One night in Bankok. See now wasn’t the 80’s so good!!!! Of course my day wouldn’t be complete without some good old rock. This today come from Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Bonnie Tyler & Simple Minds.

Next week I’m going to bring us up to the noughties. Somehting from the early 2000’s.

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Back to 1972

Well we went back to the year 1972 to see what delights we had to play. Even tho I checked many web sites to confirm these are hits of 1972 some do seem to come from maybe the 60’s.

Bill Withers – Lean on me
Don McLean – Vincent
Al Green – Lets stay togeather
Moody Blues – Nights in white Satin
New Seekers – I’d like to teach
Carly Simon – You’re so vain
Johnny Nash – I can see Clearly now
T-rex – Bangagong
Slade – Mama weer all crazy now
Rod Stewart – You wear it well
Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes
Osmonds – Crazy Horses
Chris Montez – Let’s Dance
Elvis Presley – Burning Love
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Billy Paul – Me & Mrs Jones
The Stylistics – Betcha By Golly Wow
Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Spinners – Could it be im falling in love
Temptations – Papa was rolling stone
Chuck Berry – My ding-a-ling
Derek & the dominos – Layla
Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone again Natrually
Cat Stevens Morning has broken
Neil Diamond Song sung blues

Next Sunday I’ll be back with something from the 80’s. A few classic bits and pieces to be played on another fantastic Sunday afternoon.

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