It was a delight to welcome back Tom Page to sing three Christmas songs. Tom told us he first sang at a folk club when the friend he went with began playing guitar and he just asked Tom unexpectedly to join him and sing. Tom said how in the future he hopes we will all want to support that type of live venue and just have a go. The tracks included a version of While Shepherds watched that included a lively chorus. Tom said that this was a folk music custom in the north of England: to take a well known carol, add a chorus for all to join in, and sing it in pubs. We longed for the day when this might happen again.
Friends of Cedar Church – Love is the heart of Christmas
Cliff Richard – Saviour’s Day – requested by Phyl
Johnny Cash – Ghost riders in the sky – requested by Derek in north London. Members of the Western Writers of America chose this song as the greatest Western song of all time.
While Shepherds watched – sung live by Tom Page
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas – sung live by Tom Page
Santa Claus is coming to town – sung live by Tom Page
Red House Blues Duo – Away in a manger. A blues rendition recorded exclusively for the show.
Cee Lo Green – Mary did you know
Birthdays this week
Sara Dallin a member of Bananarama, 59 years old. We danced to Venus No 1 in seven countries including USA, no 8 in the UK. Over their career the group have sold over 30 million records.
KIm Western celebrated her 81st birthday. She is best known in the UK for her 1965 duet with Marvin Gaye, It takes two.
Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo was 62 years old this week. We heard their first single, Too shy, released in 1983 and a UK no 1.
Tonight’s competition was very close. Tom in the studio and Chris in Harlow were joint winners. Bob in Harlow and Patrick in Ingatestone were just one point behind.
Annie Lennox – Angel’s from the realms of glory – from the great album Christmas Cornucopia.
Lady A – On a winter’s night. Title track of their Christmas album.
Chart this week in
No 1 Boney M – Mary’s boy child / O my Lord. UK no 1 for 4 weeks & no 1 in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. The track has sold around 2 million copies.
No 2 Village People – Y.M.C.A. This is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold more than 10 million physical copies worldwide.
No 17 Blondie – Hanging on the telephone, from the album Parallel Lines.
John Legend – What Christmas means to me
Michael Buble – It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas
HeatherLyn – River. My track of the year. Thanks to Heatherlyn for recorded a special message for the show.
Ella Fitzgerald – Sleigh ride
Pentatonix – Silent night
Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – requested by Bob
Join me on Boxing day bewtwwen 10 am – 1pm for a live show. I will be interviewing Tim Lee. We have an especially recorded Christmas set by Ingatestone’s own Sophie Griffiths. There will also be contributions by Ian Kemble from the Brentwood School’s Christian Worker Trust and Nikki Mills from Vision TV.