Friday Night Extra 5.1.17 That was 2017 & an appreciation of producer Rick Hall

We looked back at 2017 and some of the guests.  Also at the career from 1959 to 2017  of  legendary producer Rick Hall, who produced the “Muscle Shoals sound”.

Tonight’s playlist

ECHO – Everlasting love – studio guests in 2017

Sister Sledge – We are family – remembering Joni Sledge on vocals

Chuck Berry – No particular place to go – remembering on of the early rock & roll pioneers

J. Giles band – Freeze – remembering J. Giles

Tom Petty – The last DJ – a classic track from Tom who sold over 80 million albums, making him one of the biggest selling artists ever.

Steeley Dan – Reelin in the years & Rikki don’t loose that number – Remembering Walter Becker. They sold over 40 million albums.

Glen Campbell – Rhinestone Cowboy and Adios. Glen made history by winning 4 Grammy awards in 1967.

Skillett – Stars – from my album of the year, ‘The Shack’.

Hilary Scott – Still – my track of the year

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl. Patrick reminded us that Ed Sheeran was the artist of 2017 world wide.

Beatles – Let it be

Lisa Harman – What the world needs now – Lisa was a telephone guest in 2017 as we were introduced to her as a talented singer, pianist and composer.

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset – the most played track on the show in 2017

Turtles – Eleanor

Box Tops – The letter

Laurie Green – Feelin groovy – phone guest in 2017

An appreciation of the career of engineer and producer Rick Hall

1 Dobbie Gray – The in crowd

2 Wilson Pickett – Land of 1,000 dances

3 Aretha Franklin – Respect

4 Candi Staton – Young hearts run free

Aloe Blac & Kelly Clarkson – Love goes on

Neil Diamond – Beautiful noise – chosen in 2017 by studio guest Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden

Walk off the Earth – Happy – chosen by studio guest Rob Scaggs from CHESS in 2017

Billy Joel – The longest time – for David & Alison who said that their highlight of 2017 was buying tickets to see Billy Joel live in Manchester in 2018.

ECHO – No pain, no gain – for Chris who said her highlight of 2017 was a moment of madness in applying to run in the Brighton marathon in 2018.

Next week my studio guests are Pastor Symplice Usuku from the Congo and Past Ian Moore, pastoral assistant at Billericay Baptist church. Pastor Symplice has planted sixty five churches in the Congo. Pastor Ian has visited the Congo on many occasions. It promises to be an insightful and fascinating conversion. Join us then.


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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!