Brentwood, 2.57pm: 25°C, overcast clouds

Friday Night Extra 7.6.19 with Mike Aston from Pleshey Retreat House.

Mike was my guest this evening. He told us about the Retreat House, a wonderful place in the Essex countryside only a few miles north of Chelmsford. Here you can stay as an individual or on an organised retreat. There are en-suite individual room. The food is of a high quality. The grounds are beautifully kept. Evelyn Underhill, a well-known spiritual writer, had a strong association with the house. A recent music retreat featured Dave Bilborough and was followed by a concert. More info on 01245 237 251.

He told us about the history of the village, which still has a castle mound and moat.

Tonight’s playlist
Caro Emerald _ Riviera life – acoustic
Cliff Richard – Mean Streak – a Cliff track from 1959, where he sounds very like Elvis – requested by Phyl
Eric Bibb – I heard the angels singing (live) – chosen by Mike who saw Eric live.
Steeleye Span – Gaudete – chosen by Mike
Weather Report – A remark you made – chosen by Mike who just loves the base playing on this track.

Aretha Frankin and the LSO – I heard a little prayer (2017) – requested by Patrick
Inspector Morse theme
Birthdays today
Tom Jones – 79 today – Its not unusual

Pop singer Tom Jones in 1965.

Prince – Would have been 61 today – Purple rain – the 1984 album has sold over 20 million copies.
John Clegg – 66 today – a huge star in his native South Africa, awarded the countries highest award – Scatterlings of Africa – 1983 UK no 44
Elton John – I’m still standing
Feature album Blood Sweat and Tears 1968. USA Quadruple platinum. Featured in the Book 1001 albums to hear before you die. A jazz-rock classic.

You made me so very happy – USA no 2 UK no 35
Spinning wheel – USA no 2
Lisa Harman – I can’t be myself – an exclusive play. Find Lisa on Facebook.
Sophie Griffiths – A change is gonna come
Marvin Gaye – What’s going on – a preview of next week’s classic album.
Scott Walker – The old man’s back again – a great track from Scott 4.
Bryan Duncan – Love takes time.

Join me next week for another live show, from Brentwood to you.

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