Here is an eclectic music mix across the genres and decades for you entertainment.
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got to get you into my life. Track from 1977 that was a UK no 33 and USA no 9. Cover version of a Lennon & McCartney song from the 1966 Beetles album – Revolver
Honey & the Bear – Why am I always saying sorry? On 24th of June they will be performing at the Thaxted Festival.
Band Perry – Gentle on my mind – 2014 track, winner of the Grammy award for best country duo or group performance.
Caro Emerald – Riviera life – track from the 2010 album – Deleted scenes on the cutting room floor – UK no 1, Netherlands no 1.
Rick Astley – Beautiful life – title track from 2018 album, UK no 6.
Glen Campbell – Adios – title track from his 64th and final album, released in 2013. UK no 6.
Johnny Clegg – Skatterlings of Africa. The success of this track around the world, UK no 44, enable South African Johnny to leave his post as an anthropologist at the University of Witwatesrand and become a full time musician. Played for Rene in Ingatestone, who loves this track that reminds her of her childhood.
Depeche Mode – Ghosts again – lead single from the new album Memento Mori, which enter the charts in the UK at no 2.
Jason Mraz – I fell like dancin – new release.
Harry Styles – Treat people with kindness – track from 2019 album – Fine line – USA no 1 and in 12 more countries. UK no 2.
Above, Manfred Mann in 1965. Mike Vickers in the centre.
Mike Vickers, flute, saxophone, guitar and synthesizer in Manfred Mann celebrated his 83rd birthday. We heard the band’s 1965 release – Come tomorrow – UK no 4, South Africa no 3, Ireland no 10.
Shirlie Holliman, girl friend of Andrew Ridley back in the Wham days, celebrated her 61st birthday. She was one of the backing singers for Wham, who became known as Pepsi & Shirlie. We heard their 1987 release – Heartbreak – UK no 2 and Top 10 in eight more countries.
Mike Barson, aka “Monsieur Barson” or “Barzo” is keyboards player with Madness. He celebrated his 65th birthday. We heard the bands 1980 UK & New Zealand no 3, Ireland no 5 and Netherlands no 6 – Baggy trousers.
Thanks to Chris and Bob with Sian in Manchester, David in Naples and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part. We had correct answers for the three artists. The winner today with 6 points was David.
Patrick requested any track by Elvis Presley. We heard – All shook up – released in 1957. USA no 1, selling two million copies. First UK no 1, holding the position for seven weeks. No 352 in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of all time.
Beach Boys – Warmth of the sun – 1964 track from the album – Shut down Volume 2. Played for Bob who has loved the music of the band for more years than he cares to mention.
Bon Jovi – Limitless – from the album 2020. Played for Chris in Harlow who has lost count how many times she has seen the band live, thinking it is around 10 -12 times.
Lauren Diagle – Thank God I do. From her album due to be released on May 13th.
Chart this week in
No 2 Bee Gees – Night Fever – from the soundtrack of the film Saturday Night Fever. NO 1 in UK, USA and five more countries. Top 10 in fifteen more countries.
No 6. Andrew Gold – Never let her slip away – UK no 5, Ireland no 2. On of the uncredited backing singers was Freddie Mercury.
No 18 Chic – Everybody dance – UK no 9, Ireland no 6, USA no 38.
Mac Davis – In the Ghetto. One of four of Mac’s compositions that were recorded by Elvis Presley. Drive presenter Jo was disappointed that there was so little difference between Mac and Elvis’ versions.
Jody & The Jerms – Started something – from their their album – Wonders – released today.
Zac Brown Band – Free – used by Revd. Paul Carr on the Good Friday show to demonstrate the significance of all that happened at Easter.
Join me next week when my guest is Revd Rosie Woodall, chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford and soon have a role at Chester Cathedral.