Canon Paul told us about the planned New Year’s Eve illegal rave held at the All Saints church East Horndon. He works with the Churches Conservation Trust and local volunteers to manage this historic church built on a vantage point over-looking the A127. Considerable damage had been caused to the fabric of the building and speculatively a JustGiving page had been set up with a target of £2,000 towards the cost of repairs. Paul was astounded at the level of response. Media interest spread as far a Japanese TV. A clean up day had to be cancelled as so many people said they would come and help. Over £20,ooo has been given to date from 1100+ contributors. This generosity will enable no only repairs to be undertaken, but landscaping, new lighting and other security measures. Facilities will be able to be improved for concerts and other community activities. We felt it was an amazing outcome.
Today would have been the the 86th birthday of Elvis Presley. We began each hour with an Elvis track and asked listeners how old they felt he would have been. We had a wide range of answers and no-one was correct.
Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Love letters
Elain Page – Memories – requested by Phyl
Prince – Musicology – Canon Paul is a big Prince fan. If you check back through the show archive you can find him telling us about his visit to Prince’s mansion and sitting at his piano.
Ed Sheeran & Andrea Botchelli – Perfect symphony
Mary Chapin Carpenters – Why walk when you can run?
Bernard Sumner from New Order was 65 years old. To take us back to that era we heard Joy Division – Love will tear us apart.
Sadly Roger Miller is no longer with us. He wrote the songs for the 1973 Disney film Robin Hood and for the Tony Award winning musical Big River. e would have been 84 years old but passed away in 1992. We heard his UK no 1 King of the road.
Alex Turner, front man and principal song writer for the Artic Monkeys celebrated his 35th birthday. We heard the band sing Snap it up.
Bon Jovi – Unbroken – a raw and uncomfortable song from the album 2020
Elvis Presley – In the ghetto
Lily Allen – Somewhere only we know
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up where we belong. Requested by Patrick.. This track is from the soundtrack of the 1982 film, An Officer and a Gentleman. it won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Song. The track had international success, No 1 in the USA and several other countries. A UK no 7.
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – The best is yet to come
Chart this week in
No 4 Fleetwood Mac – Albatross – written by Peter Green.
No 5 Bonzo0 Dog Doo Dah Band – I’m the urban spaceman – amazingly this piece of British eccentricity was also top 5 in the USA.
No 10 Stevie Wonder – For once in my life. This song was written to be a slow ballad. Stevie and the Motown producers saw other potentialities.
No 20 Isley Brothers – This Old heart of mine.
Carol contacted us to say how much she enjoyed this section of the show. Chris and Bob could not believe these tracks came, as they put it, “from so long ago”.
Lisa Harman – What the world needs now – Lisa’s great version of this Jackie De Shannon song.
Peter Cincotti – Up on the roof
Rick Astley – Beautiful life
Renaissance – Norther lights
Santana ft Rod Thomas – Smooth
Elton John – I’m still standing
Join me nex week when my guest is Adrian McConnaughie, chaplain at Brentwood School, telling about his love of the music of U2.