Friday 14th May 2021 with guest Dan Pierce

P H O E N I X   P L A Y E R
with guest Dan Pierce
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Dan had previously told us how important music is in his life. Having learnt classical guitar as a child, he writes songs and promises he will come live to the studio on a future occasion and sing for us. He says that music across the genres is always playing in his house. We talked about how music can change your mood and that this has been important during lockdown. Dan felt that the feel of a track was sometimes more significant that the lyric. We decided the idea song had a powerful lyric and a was musically interesting. Dan hoped to achieve that one day. Find our about the church in Beaulieu Park Chelmsford that meets in the Community Centre on Facebook @stfrancischelmsford. Find Dan on Twitter danthe vicar

Image from a visit to the studio in December 2019.

Tonight’s playlist.
Van Morrison – Got to go where the love is – from the 2018 album When the prophet speaks.

Everley Brothers – Dream, dream, dream. Phyl requested this UK & USA no 1 from 1958. The track is named in the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was awarded a Grammy Hall of fame Award in 2004.

Duke Special – Freewheel – Dan had first seen this artist in a small venue at the Greenbelt Festival and had loved his music since.

Bruce Springsteen – Tenth Avenue Freezeout. Dan said that he thought no-one compared in a live performance with Bruce.

Arcade Fire – Wake up. When Dan heard this track it was his introduction to the band.

Birthday quiz.

Billy Joel in 1982 and 2020. He celebrated his 72nd birthday this week. We heard Just the way you are from 1977, his first UK Top 20 and first USA Top 10 track.

Bono , real name Paul David Hewson, lead vocalist and primary lyricist with U2, was 61 years old this week. We heard 2001 track Walk on from the album All that you can’t leave behind. This album was No 1 in thirty two countries.

Enrique Iglesias was forty six years old this week. We heard his 2001 track Hero, no 1 in UK, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Philippines, Romania, Ireland and Canada. It reach no 3 in the USA.

Our winner tonight was Chris in Harlow. Joint second place were Dan, Rene and Bob. Dan was one year out with every artist.

Joe Stilgoe – Waterloo sunset.

Chicago – Wishing you were here.

Chart this week in


No 3 Phd – I won’t let you down. This was the track’s highest position in the Uk. It reached no 1 in Belgium and Netherlands.


No 5 Bananarama & Fun Boy Three – He was really saying something  From their first album Deep sea skiving. 

No 18 Junior – Mama used to say. The highest UK chart position was no 7. It also reached no 11 in South Africa.

Paul Carrick – One in a million. From his 2018 album Rain or shine.

Badfinger – No matter what. 1970 South Africa no 1, UK no 5, USA no 8.

Coldplay – Higher power – first new music from Coldplay for two years.

Tom Jones – One more cup of coffee for the road.

Band – Rag mama rag. 1969 track from Bob Dylan’s backing band. It was a UK no 16.

Barbara Dixon – January February. 1980 UK no 11.

Chris Stapleton – Starting over. 

Join me next week when my guest is John Howden. He will be talking about the week long celebration of the wok of Everlyn Underhill, organised by the Pleshey Retreat House, to be held on Zoom  around the  anniversary of her death on 15th of June.


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