The locals are a four piece band playing feel good music from the 50s – 00s that they enjoy. Alan told us that they have never played at a venue and not been asked to come back. It all began in 2013 with four friends living in Herongate playing in three local pubs. Alan’s wife suffered a stroke in 2014. Through the care at the Stoke Centre at Basildon hospital she made a full recovery. They decided to raise funds for the Stroke Association and were involved in a Charity show, Herongate’s Got Talent in December 2014. This gave them the desired to play regularly. There have been some personnel changes over the years. The current line up is Paul Hansen lead, Mike Ware drums, John Parkinson bass and vocals and Alan Kemp guitar and vocals.
They have 18 gigs booked between now and the beginning of November. These include April 30th at Ingatestone Community Club, May 28th at the Red Lion Billericay and July 30th at the Rising Sun Brentwood. Full details of their gigs and how to book them can be found on their Facebook page @thelocalsuk1 Alan is happy to be contacted on 07785364833 or via e-mail email@example.com
U2 – 40 (live) –from their 1983 album War. They have performed this version of Psalm 40 around 400 times at their concerts, usually as the final song.
Sophie Griffiths – Machine. A new track from Ingatestone-based Sophie.
The Locals – Bad moon rising. This track is ranked by Rolling Stone as number 364 in its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. It was a UK no 1 and USA no 2 in 1969.
The Locals – Eton rifles. This was a UK no 3 for The Jam in 1979.
The Locals – How come. This song was a UK no 11 for Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance in 1973. Ronnie is best known for having been the bassist in The Small Faces and The Faces.
The Friday Teaser.
Paul Carrick celebrated his 71st birthday. We heard him singing vocals on the world-wide hit by Mike and the Mechanics – Living years.
Jan Hammer wrote all the music for the 90 episodes of Miami Vice and 20 episodes of Chancer. He has also composed 14 film soundtracks. He has won several Grammy Awards. He celebrated his 74th birthday. We heard Crocket’s theme. This instrumental track was a USA no 1, a UK no 6 and Top 10 in 6 more countries in 1985-7.
Victoria Beckham celebrated her 48th birthday. We heard the Spice Girls singing Mama. A UK no 1 in 1999.
June in Tottenham was our winner today with three points. Alan in the studio had two points. Chris in Harlow, Patrick in Ingatestone, Chris in Guildford all had one point. Bob in Harlow and Stewart, our Drive presenter, both did not trouble the scorer. Thanks for all taking part.
James Bay – Hold back the river. Patrick in Ingatestone requested this UK no 2 from 2014.
Elton John – Free man in Paris (live). A recording of a Joni Mitchel track from her 1973 album Court and spark.
She Rafferty – Out of the blue.
The Plan – Save me now Master.
Chart this week in
Above Bananarama in 1984.
No 5 Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s waiting.
No 9 Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela
No 18 Queen – I want to break free
Wilfry – For a moment in time
Focus – Sylvia.
Join me next week when my guest is Graham Hart, talking about his Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fundraiser.