A sunshine music mix for your Friday lunchtime.
George Harrison – What is life? – In the UK the B side of the 1970 release – My sweet Lord. In other countries released as a single. USA no 10. No 1 Switzerland and Australia. Top 10 in nine more countries.
Joni Mitchel – Big Yellow Taxi (2002) Originally recorded in 1970, in 2002 Joni released – Travelogue – re-recordings of her songs. The album won the Grammy award for best Instrumental arrangements backing a vocalist.
Lauren Diagle – Thank God I do – Lead single from her latest album.
Soloman Smith – Dissonance in the note – lead single from his newly released album – Y’ dig that.
Check out his music on https://www.youtube.com/@solomansmith5293
Beth Neilson Chapman – How we love – requested by listener John in Braintree.
Simon & Garfunkle – El Condor Pasa – track from the album -1970 Bridge over trouble waters – no 172 in The Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums of all time. It has sold over 25 million copies. No 1 UK, USA and nine more countries.
Michelel Ward – Try – Phoenix FM presenter Monday – Friday ‘Eat my brunch’. Track from the EP – Directions.
Check out her music on https://www.youtube.com/@michellewardmusic
Marc Antione – Madrid – Title track from his 1998 album.
CeeLo Green recently celebrated his 48th birthday. We heard him singing on the Gnarls Barkley 2006 track – Crazy. NO 1 in UK, Ireland and Switzerland. No 2 in USA and Australia. In the 2010 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest songs of all time it was at no 100. The Rolling Stone Top song of the decade.
Sing, songwriter and Actor Roland Gift is 62 years old. We listened to him singing – Fine – 1989 No 1 in USA and Canada, No 7 UK, Top 10 in four more countries for the band, The Fine Young Cannibals.
Above, Stevie Nicks in 1981.
Below in 2023
Can Stevie Nicks really be 75 years old? She can! We heard her 1981 duet with Tom Petty – Stop dragging my heart around. USA no 1. The first single release from her debut solo album – Bella Donna – No 1 in USA and Australia. UK no 11.
Thanks to Chris, Sarah and Bob in Harlow, Sian in Manchester, Chris in Guildford and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part. Our winners today with three points were Bob and Sian who both guessed correctly the age Stevie Nicks. Chris in Harlow was unlucky with being one year out for both the other artists, so ending with two points. Thanks to everyone who took part.
Patrick requested a track by Marmalade. We heard their Beatles cover – Ob La Di, Ob La Da – UK no 1 in 1968.
Dexys – I’m gonna get free- a new release from Kevin Rowland, lead singer from Dexys Midnight Runners. From the PhoenixFM A playlist.
Ian Donaldson – I dream to sleep – 2023 version of the 1983 UK no 17 by the band H2O of which Ian was the lead singer. Also on the PhoenixFM A list.
Ellie Button – After all – a track by Chelmsford-based singer Ellie. You can find out more by visiting https://www.elliebuttonmusic.org
Chart this week in
No 1 Wizzard – See my baby jive – UK no 1 for four weeks. Also no 1 in Ireland. To 10 in 3 more countries. ABBA acknowledged the influence of this track on their 1974 Eurovision winning song – Waterloo.
No 7. Stevie Wonder – You are the sunshine of my life. USA no 1, UK no 7, Top 10 in three more countries. Grammy Award winner for best vocal performance. No 183 in the 500 Greatest songs of all time.
No 20 Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the middle with you. UK no 8, USA no 3, Top 10 in four more countries.
Kate Bush & Larry Adler – The man I love – Track from the 1994 album – The glory of Gershwin.
Josh Garrells – Born again. Chosen by recent guest Dan Pierce.
Dave Koz – You make me smile. From the 1993 album – Lucky man – which sold over 500,000 copies in the USA.
Join me next week when my studio guests will be Ian and Carol Moore from Billericay Baptist church and Pastor Ebenezer from Andhra Pradesh, India.