Revd. Rupert Hankey has been the Team Vicar in Great Burstead and the Billericay C of E team for eight months. He had to quickly adapt to worship on-line. He talked about his sabbatical where he spent some time in a prayer mission in western China. This was helpful to him on a personal level as whilst he was at the airport waiting to board he received a phone call to say he had a benign brain tumour. He could not tell his wife until he was home. He reflected how his faith had helped him during a number of difficult times in his life. He has found nothing but kindness from the people since arriving in Billericay and is very much looking forward to being able to visit people in their homes and have conversations to get to know them.
George Benson – Never give up on a good thing – live in London 2019. Paul Carr introduced us to this track last week. Check out the full show recording.
Abba – The name of the game – Phyl in north London requested an Abba track. This track was a UK no 1 in 1977 selling over 500,000 singles. It was top 10 in 13 other countries.
The Lost Dogs – Gates of Eden – chosen by Rupert. The band have released nine studio and three live albums.
Darrell Mansfield, Larry Howard & Glenn Kaiser – Stand by me – chosen by Rupert. This is a Christian take on Sam Cooke’s classic song.
Anion Blackman – At-one-ment – chosen by Rupert. A gentle Trinidadian reggae track.
Craig David was 40 years old. We heard his 2003 UK no 2 Rise and fall, a collaboration with Sting. This track was a no 1 in Poland, Hungary and Romania.
Michael Kiwanuka celebrated his 34th birthday this week. He won the Mercury Price in September 2020. We heard Tell me a tale from his 2013 album Home Again.
Judy Collins celebrated her 83rd birthday this week. We heard her 1970 hit version of Amazing Grace. This reached no 15 in the USA, no 10 in Australia and no 5 in the UK. it was also in the UK charts for an astonishing 82 weeks.
Rupert joined regulars Chris, Bob and Patrick in the competition. No-one got any of the ages correct. With three closest ages we had Chris, Patrick and Rupert as joint winners.
Pet Shop Boys – Heart – Patrick requested this 1987 track from the album Actually. Despite being the fourth single release from the album, it reach no 1 in the UK, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Switzerland and West Germany. It was also top 10 in six more countries.
Chart this week in
No 1 Adam & the Ants – Stand and deliver. This track sold 1.03 million copies in the UK.
No 8 The Jacksons – Can you feel it? the third singe from the album Triumph.
No 15 Barry Manilow – Bermuda triangle, from the album Barry.
Byrds – Turn, turn, turn. Pete Seeger wrote this track in the late 1950s. It is based on a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes. It was a USA no 1 and in the UK reached no 26.
Tom Jones – One more cup of Coffee – from the no 1 album Surrounded by time.
Aaron Neville – You never can tell – 1993 version of a Chuck Berry song.
Ace – How long. This 1975 track, with Paul Carrick on vocals, was a UK no 2 and USA no 3. Listener Chris commented that she had not heard this track for years and loved it.
AHA – The Wake – from the 2015 album Lost in steel.
Next week my guest is Dan Pierce from the ministry in Beaulieu Park and the Channels, Chelmsford. Photo taken on a visit to the studio in November 2019.