Friday Night Extra 22.12.17 Non-stop Christmas

Tonight we played 100% Christmas tracks but not the usual ones you might expect. There were versions of traditional carols by Pentantonix, Maddie Prior & the Carnival band, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Carrie Underwood. There were special features on The Phil Spectre Christmas album and Christmas Cornucopia by Annie Lennox, two contrasting but great Christmas albums.  There were a number of Songs about angels at Christmas. With ‘A Winter’s tale’ by David Essex being ranked in one poll as the fourth worst Christmas song ever, we asked listeners what they thought would be the worst. We had a number of suggestions and we bravely played the track by Shawadywady. I suggest you listen to the recording and make a decision yourself as to whether it deserves that position.

Tonight’s playlist

Lady Antebellum – I’ll be home for Christmas

Chris Rea – Driving home for Christmas

Bobby Holmes – Jingle bell rock

Brenda Lee – Rocking around the Christmas tree

Coldplay – Christmas lights – requested by Patrick

Maddie Prior & the Carnival band – God rest you merry gentlemen

Queen – Thank God it’s Christmas

Lisa Harman – No mistletoe

Crystals – Sleigh ride

Ronnetts – Santa Claus is coming to town

Pentatonix – Hark the herald angles sing

Enya – Journey of the angels

Michael W Smith – Christmas angels

David Essex – A winter’s tale

Post Modern Jukebox – Last Christmas

Maria Carey – O holy night

Annie Lennox – Angels from the realms of glory, O little town of Bethlehem, Universal child

Shawaddywaddy – Hey Mr. Christmas – and your verdict is? It reached number 13 in the U.K. charts and number 15 in Ireland.

Ela Fitzgerald – Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Shakatak  –  Merry Christmas in Rio

Carpenters – Merry Christmas darling

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & wine

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas time

Carrie Underwood – The first Noel

Mike Oldfield – In duche Jubilo

Join me and lots of guests for a live show on Boxing Day morning for three hours, starting at 10 a.m.

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About Patrick Sherring

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