Friday Night Extra 5.2.21 with author Henry Martin talking about his new book Alongside.

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with author Henry Martin talking about his new book Alongside.
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Henry joined us to talk about his new book ALONGSIDE. He recalled that when he was the chaplain at the prison in Manchester he was discussing with a group whether Jesus struggled with the problems in his life, for example problems with his family, friends and authority. One person in the group vehemently denied that Jesus had any struggles. Henry wanted to read a book about these questions and could not find one. A number of years later he has written ALONGSIDE to explore this idea. His conclusion is that Jesus did have the same kinds of struggles throughout his life that we all have and that this should be a comfort when they inevitable occur in our own lives. The book s divided into short chapters, with questions to consider.

Tonight’s playlist

Taaron Eggerton – I’m still standing – from the soundtrack of Rocket man.

Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Put on your dancing shoes – Phyl requested this upbear track from the soundtrack of Summer holiday.

Sam Cooke – Changes gonna come – chosen by Henry

Pink Martini – Hang on little tomato – chosen by Henry

John Smith – Far too good – chosen by Henry

Birthdays this week

Michael Wayne Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was 71 years old this week. We heard Running down a dream from the 1989 album Full Moon Forever.

Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons celebrated his 34th birthday. He heard the 2013 track Babel.

Roddy Fame, lead singer with Aztec Camera, was fifty seven years old during the week. We heard the UK no 3 single from 1988, Somewhere in my heart.

This week’s winner was Henry who had the age of Roddy Flame correct. He said that as a child of the 1980s he knew that Roddy was born the same year as a family member.

Beatles – We can work it out – a track from the Beatles double A side release from the chart this week in 1966, requested by Patrick.

Chic – Le Freak – request by Chris for Bob so that he could dance around the kitchen…and he did!

Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight train to Georgia – remember songwriter Jim Weatherley who passed away this week. This song won a Grammy award, was inducted into the Grammy hall of Fame and in 1999 was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America as No 29 in the 365 Songs of the Century. The song was originally written with the title Midnight plan to Houston.

Chicago – Hard habit to break. Remembering producer of this Grammy Award winning track Jeremy Lubbock.

The Animals – House of the rising sun. Remembering guitarist Hilton Valentine on this track recorded in 1964 in one take.

Chart this week in

No 2 Spencer Davis Group – Keep on Running

No 7 Beatles – Day Tripper

No 18 – Nancy Sinatra – These boots are made for walking

Extreme – More than words can say

Gregory Porter – Don’t loose your steam

Van Morrison & Georgie Fame – Get on with the show.

Join me next week when my guest is Tim Goodbody talking about his love of the music of the Rolling Stones.





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