Friday Night Extra 21.5.21 with Guest John Howden talking about the Evelyn Underhill on-line commemoration 14th-18th of June.

P H O E N I X   P L A Y E R
with Guest John Howden
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring


John told us that Evelyn Underhill was an author and retreat leader who lead retreats at Pleshey in Essex in the 1920s and 30s at a time when retreats were normally led by clergymen.

15th June 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of her death. The on-line commemoration runs from June 14th – 18th, organised by the Retreat House at Pleshey, The Evelyn Underhill Association in the USA and Hampstead Parish Church where Evelyn is buried. Those imputing to the event include experts from the USA and Australia. John said that Evelyn speaks to today as a remarkable woman with a passion for God and a deep commitment to encouraging others to be ‘soaked in the Spirit.’ More information about the commemoration can be found via  Tickets are available from

Tonight’s playlist

Lauren Housley – This ain’t the life – the third single from her latest album Girl from the north.

Seekers – Georgie girl – Phyl requested this track by the Seekers, used at the them music. but with slightly different words, from the 1965 Oscar nominated film of the same name.

Enya – Orinoco flow – chosen by John, who had used Enya’s music during retreats. Regular listener Patrick e-mailed in to state his appreciation of Enya’s music and that he owns almost every track she has recorded.

Simon & Garfunkle – Homeward bound. Chosen by John.

Dave Brubeck Trio – Take Five. John enthused about this 1961 jazz classic and encouraged listeners to check out more jazz recordings.

Birthdays quiz.

Nick Heyward, lead singer with Haircut 100 was sixty years old this week. We heard Fantastic Day, a UK no 9 in 1982.

Toya Willcox and pictured below, now.  She celebrated her 63rd birthday this week.

The every-youthful Cher was 75 years old this week. We heard The winner tkes it all from the 2018 album Dancing Queen which was a UK no 2, a USA no 3. Rolling Stone magazine stated it was the 5th best pop album of 2018.

Chris, John and Bob all scored three points with one correct answer. This weeks winner, with a return to form, was Patrick with six points. He had correct answers for Toya Willcox and Cher.

Elton John – Electricity.  Patrick requested a track by Elton John. This 2005 UK no 4 was from Billy Elliot the musical. 

Curtis Mayfield – Move on up. A UK no 12 from 1971.

Big Daddy Wilson – Walk in my shoes – requested by Chris listening in Guildford.

Chart this week in 

No 1 Spandau Ballet – True

No 7 Fun Boy Three – Our lips are sealed

No 17 Bob Marley – Buffalo soldier – a song inspired by the black soldiers fighting for the Union in the American Civil War.

We remembered Roger Hawkins, the drummer from the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section from Alabama who dies this week aged 75 years. His drumming can be heard on classic tracks by Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Picket, Boz Scaggs and many others. We heard Aretha Franklin – Respect –and as a bonus Wilson Picket – Mustang Sally – as John loves this track. So did listener Chris in Harlow.

Annie Lennox – Walking on broken glass – from the 1992 UK no 1 album Diva. 

Ry Cooder – Everyone ought to treat a stranger well – from his 2020 album Prodigal son.

Join John Chubb at this time next week.

I will be back on June 4th. I look forward to your company.


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