Tonight we had a different playlist to usual. We celebrated birthdays and had the vintage chart from 1982. Almost all the other tracks were country. We nodded towards the heritage of country music with Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton and Jonny Cash. Most of the tracks were contemporary and showed the breadth of music under the country label.
Alison Krauss – Lucky one
Jim Reeves – Distant drums – requested by Phyl in Enfield
Black – Wonderful life – request by Patrick in Ingatestone. Written as an ironic song when he was broke. Black commented when it was a hit in 1987 most people took it literally. We decided to take it literally as well.
Midland – Mr lonely – check out the line dancing on the video.
North Country – Fox on the run
Nina Simone RIP would have been 87 years old today. We played My baby just cares for me. 1957 recording. UK top 10 hit in 1987 because it featured in a perfume commercial.
Beat – Tears of a clown – Singer Rankin Roger RIP would have been 57 years old today.
Manic Street Preachers – This is the day – James Bradfield 59 years old today.
Stranglers – Always the sun – bassist Jean-Jacque Burnel 68 years old today.
Queen – We are the champions – requested by Chris, Bob, Dee, Alan and Laura, listening in a hotel room in York.
Dolly Parton & Pentantonix – Joylene – loved by Jonty, now in Oxford.
David Pickthall Big Band – American Patrol
Lady Antebellum – What of I never get over you?
Carrie Underwood – Southern
Faith Hill – There you’ll be
Chart this week in 1982
No 1 Jam – Precious
No 2 Tight Fit – The lion sleeps tonight
No Haircut 100 – Love plus one
Little Big Town – Better man
Johnny Cash – Ghost riders in the sky – for Sue and Leonard listening in Kentucky.
Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow
Sophie Griffiths – No-one else but you
Rick Astley – Angles on my side – Dee in York requested a track by Rick Astley
Black Sheldon – God’s country
Will Hoge – Middle of America
Join me on March 13th when my guest is Christian singer/songwriter Maria Bottelli-Price
Make a note that on 20th my studio guest will be Bishop Stephen Cottrell, soon to be Arch Bishop of York.