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Friday 1st of March. The Welsh connection.

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As today is St. David’s day, we featured a lot of artists born in Wales. Also many people said I had to play the Beatles, ‘When I’m 64’. A number of artists have birthdays today. We also heard Andre Previn playing some awesome jazz piano. The music mix included the chart this week from 1980, where Kate Bush was singing backing vocals on one of the featured tracks.

Tonight’s playlist.


Beatles – When I’m 64. Requested by Phyl, Sue, Chris H, Tim and many others!


Welsh connection – Duffy – Warwick Avenue

Roger Daltrey – born this day in 1944 – The Who – The kids are alright

Welsh connection – Tom Jones – It’s not unusual – requested by Angela with a birthday wish for Joan.

Tom Jones – Lord help the poor and needy – from his 2010 album ‘Praise and blame’.

Manfred Mann – The Mighty Quinn – Mike D’Abo on lead vocals, celebrating his 75th birthday.

Nik Kershaw – I wont let the sun go down on me – Nik born this day in 1958.

Lisa Harman – Red skies – an exclusive play for Lisa, now working for Cunard. When I interviewed her she said that Nik Kershaw was her greatest inspiration in song writing.

Bernard Cribbins – Right said Fred – for Patrick who requested a comedy track from the early 1960s to bring back happy memories.

Talk Talk – It’s my life – remembering Mark Hollis – loved by Rene who said she had been playing Talk Talk in her car this week. The record company really loved this track and it was a UK hit on its third release in five years.

Welsh connection – Bonnie Tyler – Total eclipse of the heart

Andre Previn – I remember you – a great piece of jazz piano playing. The orchestra play the tune and Andre just improvises over them.

Brian & Jenn Johnson – For the one.

Sophie Griffiths – Beauty

Welsh connection – Bonnie Tyler – Holding on for a hero

Hunter Hayes – Dear God – this is a fascinating song, worth checking out.

Chart this week in 1980.

No 1 Blondie – Atomic



No 4  Cliff Richard – Carrie

No5 Elvis Costelo – I can’t stand up for falling down

No17 Peter Gabriel – Games without frontiers – loved by Chris who said she had not heard it for ages.

Beach Boys – Friends – title track from their 1968 album.

Blood, Sweat & Tears – You made me so very happy – featuring the great voice of David Clayton-Thomas.

Gregory Porter – Don’t lose your steam

Joni Mitchel – Big yellow taxi – an interesting 2007 re-interpretation of her classic song.

Carrie Underwood – Jesus take the wheel

Welsh connection Visage – Fade to grey – singer Steve Strange born in Wales.

Kate Bush & Larry Adler – The man I love.

Elton John – I’m still standing

Join me next week when my studio guest is Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden, talking about Lent. Are you giving something up, or taking something up?






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