Friday Night Extra 26.3.21 with guest Sophie Griffiths talking about her love of the music of Stevie Wonder.

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with guest Sophie Griffiths
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Local singer songwriter Sophie has seen Stevie Wonder in concert in Hyde Park in 2016 and 2018.  Sophie was particularly impressed that during the concerts he played every one of the instruments. As a young artist herself, there is an affinity with Stevie who she described as a “child prodigy”. He has already been recording for three years when at the age of seventeen he wrote and recorded the first track Sophie chose, My Chere Amour. She said that one f the stand-out features of his music was the amazing base line. This is very evident in her favourite track, I wish from 1976. She recalled that at the concerts everyone was having a goods time, dancing and singing along with all the tracks. We all look forward to living those times again. Her final choice, Never had a dream come true, she liked as it was an aspirational song about aiming in life to live your dream.

Tonight’s playlist

Luke Purdie – Ain’t down south – first release from Luke. A country sound setting the tme for a lot of the playlist tonight.

Jim Reeves – I won’t forget you – Phyl’s request conti8nued the country feel with this Jim Reeves 1964 hit, the 56th biggest selling single in the UK in the 1960s.

Sophie Griffiths – Beauty

Stevie Wonder – My Chere Amour, I wish, Never had a dream come true – all chosen by Sophie Griffiths.

Stevie Wonder – Living in the city – as we had this feature we had lots of listener requests for Stevie tracks. From the list I chose this track.

Association – Never my love – requested by Patrick. Never a UK hit, this USA no 1 was announced as the track with the second highest number of plays on USA radio in the 20th century. Appreciated by listeners.

Birthdays quiz.

Mike Stoller, of the hit writing due Leiber and Stoller. They wrote such classics as Hound dog and Jailhouse Rock. Mike was eighty eight years old this week.

Melanie Platt from All Saints was forty six years old. We head Pure shores from 2000.

The Revd. Richard Coles, formerly of the Communards, was fifty nine years old this week. We heard Don’t leave me this way. 

We had three joking winners this week, each getting one artists completely correct. Sophie & Ruth Griffiths paying a team, Chris in Harlow and Bob in Harlow. Better luck next time Patrick in Ingatestone.

Faith Hill – There you’ll be.

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands in the stream – requested by Chris and Bob who felt there was a similarity with the Faith Hill track.

Glen Campbell – Galveston

Shires – Nashville grey skies

Chart this week in

No 1 Marvin Gaye – I( heard it though the Grapevine. Motown did not releas this track for two years, favouring a version by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Marvin Gaye was nit that keen on his own version. It was only released after djs started playing it from Marvin’s album. In 2004 Rolling Stone placed Marvin’s version as number 81 in the 500 Greatest songs of all time. 

No 2 Peter Sarstedt – Where do you do to my lovely? A no 1 in five countries. John Peel said it was the worst song ever written. In 1998 Peter was still making £60,000 a year from royalties on the song.

No 6. Joe South – Games people play. Won the Grammy Award for Song of the year.

No 14 Glen Campbell – Wichita lineman – author and broadcaster called it “the greatest pop song ever composed”. Rolling Stone has it ranked 195 in their 500 Greatest songs of all time. In 2020 the song was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

Carrie Underwood – Something in the water

Will Hoge – Middle of America – check out the video.

Dolly Parton & Pentatonix – Jolene

Johnny Cash – Further on up the road

Lady A – Down South.

Next week we have a Easter special, with guest Claire Abraham. She has been on the show a number of times. Now coming to the end of her two years study for ministry in the Church of England in Oxford.


Photo taken on a visit to the studio in April 2019.



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