Ned Punge, real name Russ Taylor, an archer from the Companye of Merrie Folke, a Tudor re-enactment group, joined me to talk about Celebrate a 1517 Family Christmas at Paycocke’s. This is being held at Grange Barn Coggeshall CO6 1RE and Paycocke’s house on 26th and 27th of November. There will also be a Craft Fayre. As Ned he spoke about the use of the longbow. Every boy and man aged between 7 – 60 years had by law to practice the longbow on Holy Days (53 in 1500). He said the effort to shoot an arrow as the equivalent of lifting a man. The archers could shoot ten in a minute. The effect of longbowmen in a war situation proved devastating. Russ told us that the Companye seek to make history real by going to historic places and filling them with characters from the past who are behaving and talking as if it were the historic period. He also pointed out that we are all only here today because of our ancestors who lived through every period of history.
Morte details of the event are on the website below.
Craft Fayre free entry. Paycocke’s adults £8.50. Children 5-16 £3.75. Free to NT members.
Billy Joel – Tell her about it. 1983 USA no1, UK no 4, from the album – An Innocent man – UK no 2, USA no 4.
Jody and the Jerms – Last one standing. Track from the Oxford-based group, released last Friday.
Keiser Chiefs – Bows and arrows. Track from their 2014 album – Education, Education. Education and War – UK no 1
Girls Aloud – Love machine.
Aviici – Broken arrows – 2015 track with vocals by Zab Brown. UK no 4 from the album – Stories – UK no 4, USA no 17, Sweden no 1.
Pixie Lott – Broken arrows – UK no 10 from her 2011 album – Young, foolish, happy.
Peter Cox celebrated his 67th birthday. He is best known as the lead singer of Go West. He also has three single hits. We heard Go West’s 1990 UK no 18, USA no 8 – King of wishful thinking – from the soundtrack of the film – Pretty woman.
Dougie Payne is bassist and backing vocalist with Travis. He celebrated his 50th birthday. We heard the band’s 2003 track – Love will come through- from the UK no3 album –
Above, Neil Young in 1972.
Below, Neil Young in 2019.
Neil Young is 77 years old. We heard his 1972 track – Heart of gold. USA no 1, UK no 10, Top 20 in 7 more countries. In the 2021 Rolling Stone 500 greatest songs of all timeit is no 254, up from no 303 in the 2010 list.
Thanks to Chris, Bob and Sarah in Harlow, Chris in Guildford, Patrick in Ingatestone and Russ in the studio for taking part. Bob returned to winning ways this week.
Patrick in Ingatestone requested Diana Ray – Please don’t talk to the lifeguard. This was a US no 31 in 1963 and the first track he ever bought. It is only o1 minute and 43 seconds long! As it is so short, he also requested a track by the Shadows. We played 1962 UK no 1 for 8 weeks and also number 1 in Ireland, Israel, South Africa and New Zealand – Wonderful land. This is only 2 minutes and 3 seconds long!
Bob requested Coldplay – Paradise
Chart this week in
No 3 Whitney Houston – I will always love you. From the soundtrack of the film – The Body guard. It is the biggest selling single by a female artist, with over 20 million copies sold. USA no1 for 14 weeks. UK no 1 selling 1.5 million copies. NO 1 in a total of 24 countries. Grammy Awards record of the year.
Chris in Harlow, after hearing the chart rundown, asked for Heaven 17 – Temptation.
No 20 Tasmin Archer – Sleeping satellite – UK no 1, Ireland no 1, Top 20 in thirteen other countries.
Henri Mancini – Pink Panther theme – released as a single in 1963 in USA, peaking at no 10. The winner of three Grammy awards.
Next week my studio guest will be Sally Croft. She will be talking about the meaning and purpose of the season of Advent and preparing for Christmas.