Gervase and Sue stated that Hope into action seeks to encourage communities to lovingly make a home for the homeless. This is through the purchase of a property and then providing a loving and supporting community. The charity was founded by Ed Walker in 2010 after he met a homeless person in Peterborough in a playground and found that the man was not eligible for any local hostel. He looked around and saw a number of churches in the vicinity and thought that if the skills and talents of people who worshipped within them. “If only we could get these people together, we could give him a home”. How the charity has developed, guiding churches to see how this release of individuals finance for a five year investment, and skills, can make a home can be read in his book ‘A house built on love’. There are now over 50 Hope into action houses around the country. For more information check out the video on YouTube, the website or call 01733558301.
Billy Joel –River of dreams – 1993 UK & USA no 3, Australia & New Zealand no 1. Album of the same title. USA no 1 selling 5 million copies, also no 1 in Australia & New Zealand. UK no 3. Top 10 in eleven more countries.
Elly O’Keefe – Other side of the storm – recent release from a former contestant on The Voice.
Beatles – Eleanor Rigby – Gervase & Sue chose this track from 1966 album – Revolver, No 3 in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest albums of all time. Album was no 1 in numerous countries. Single UK no 1 and many other countries.
Beatles – She’s leaving home –Gervase & Sue chose this track from 1967 album – Sgt Pepper’s lonely hearts club band. The legendary album has sold over 32 million copies world-wide.
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over trouble waters. Sue & Gervase chose the title track from the 1970 album. No 172 on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest albums of all time. Eight million copies sold in USA, 3 million in UK, World-wide 25 million.
Unbelievably, Kate Bush recently celebrated her 65th birthday. We heard the 1978 single – The man with the child in his eyes. This was a UK no 3, Ireland no 3 and USA no 85.
Kate wrote the song when she was just 13 years old. It is a track from her first album – The kick inside. UK no 3 Netherlands no 1, New Zealand no 2 and Top 10 in four more countries.
Zac Brown co-founder of the country-rock Zac Brown Band, is 43 years old. We heard the 2012 track – Jump right in – track from the album – Uncaged – USA no 1 and UK Country no 4.
Above, Andy Fairweather Low in 1969.
Below, in 2023.
Andy Fairweather Low was lead singer with late 60s band Amen Corner. In recent years he has played guitar with, amongst others, Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. He is 75 years old. We heard Amen Corner’s 1969 track – If paradise is half as nice – UK no 4, Norway no 7, Top 20 in four more countries.
Thanks to Chris and Bob in Harlow, Sian in Manchester, Gervase and Sue in the studio, Chris in Guildford and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part today. The winner with four points was Bob. Chris, Chris and Sue all had one point.
Patrick requested Marshall Hain – Dancing in the city. A track from the summer of 1978. UK no 3, No 1 in Germany and South Africa. Top 10 in five more countries. USA no 43.
Ewan McFarlane – You’re wasted on me. From the recently released album – Always Everlong.
Rachel Sage – Only you – recently released laid back version of the classic 80s Yazoo track.
Bob in Harlow chose the year for the chart as it was when he met his wife Christine.
No 2 Diana Ross – Upside down – No 1 USA and nine other countries. UK no 2 and Top 5 in eight more countries.
No 7 George Benson – Give me the night – This was the highest UK listing, USA no 4, Top 10 in six more countries.
No 20 Olivia Newton John & ELO – Xanadu -Written by Jeff Lynne as the title song for the film. No 1 in UK and nine more countries. USA no 8. Top 10 in seven more countries.
Harry Chapin – Circle – Track from his 1972 album – Sniper and other songs.
Guest & The Host – You bring me joy Track by Andre Dawson Heinger https://www.theguestandthehost.com
Electric Light Orchestra – All over the world – another tack from the chart this week in 1980, number 18. Jo Bailey and I were amazed that it peeked at the position.