One 2 Three Friday 16th of July 2021 with guests singer and songwriter Sophie Griffiths. Also Paul Hamilton talking about WaterAid.

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with guests singer and songwriter Sophie Griffiths. Also Paul Hamilton talking about WaterAid.
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Patrick Sherring

Sophie Griffiths joined me to talk about her new release. It is a cover of the Labi Siffre song from 1971, It must be love. The song is also known from the 1981, re-released in 1992, version by Madness. Sophie said that her version was influenced by both of these versions. She chose to record it because it is her mum’s favourite song. Sitting down with her pianist, the recording was very quick. It is released on all platforms on Friday 23rd. That day Sophie will be singing at the Spice of Life in Soho. She is also appearing at the Latitude Festival on July 25th. She is particularly excited about this because she used to go to the festival as a child and remembers being carried around on her Dad’s shoulders to see the artists. Sophie also chose tracks from two artists that have been inspirational to her, Amy Winehouse and Adele.


In the second hour I was joined by Paul Hamilton. He has asked friends this year to give to WaterAid instead of buying him birthday presents. He said that for just £2 a month an amazing change could be brought into the lives of people. We take water for granted. For many of the population of the world it remains a scarce commodity.


Jason Mraz – Have it all. From his 2018 album Know.

Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance. UK no 17 in 1979. The band were formed in 1974. With one remaining original member, they are still performing.

Sophie Griffiths – It must be love. 

Amie Winehouse – Love is a losing game. Chosen by Sophie.

Adele – That’s it, I quit, I’m moving on. Chosen by Sophie.

Van Morrison – Get to where love is.

The Friday teaser

Gareth Gates celebrated his thirty seventh birthday We heard his 2003 UK no 3 Sunshine.

Gareth Gates in 2001.

Gareth Gates in 2021.

Tobbo, the rapper from the Black Eyed Peas, is forty six years old. We heard their 2003 UK no 1 Where is love?

Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers is eighty two years old. We heard Respect yourself, a USA no 12 in 1971. In Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All time, this song is number 468.

Sophie and her mum Ruth, playing together, were the winners this week. They were amazed. Thanks to Paul and also Patrick from Ingatestone for taking part.

Mike Lindup – Time to go. 

Boom Town Rats – I don’t like Monday. Paul Hamilton chose this summer 1979 hit because he recalls a powerful performance of it from the group at Live Aid. It spoke to him powerfully of the need for social action to help those in the Two Thirds World.

Moonlight Parade – Hanging around. Latest track from the band from Brentwood.

Chart this week in


No 4. Dave Edmunds – Girl’s talk. 

No 6. Beach Boys – Lady Linda. The intro in particular owes a lot to J.S. Bach – Jesu joy of man’s desiring. 

No 7. Gerry Rafferty – Night owl.

Diana Ross – Thank you. 

Next week my guest is David Pickthall, leader of the David Pickthall Big Band.



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