After fifteen years as the C of E Rector in Billericay Paul’s final service at Emmanuel Billericay is on 6th of November at 3pm. He is moving to be Vicar of three churches around Paphos in Cyprus, starting on 20th of January. He spoke about how quickly he had felt at home in Billericay and how much he appreciated living just a short walk away from the High Street. He said he had always considered himself as the minister for the whole town, not just the church. This meant he had engaged himself in the wider community and been involved in developing community initiatives. This had included setting up the foodbank three years ago, which he noted was sadly now busier than ever. He was excited about the opportunities offered in his new ministry in Paphos to particularly engage with the thousands of British ex-pats. In Billericay he had hosted over fifty gigs in his garden or at the Rectory and this had engaged with hundreds of people. He was also hoping to explore the music scene in Cyprus and he was sure there would be more gigs in the future. Check out Paul’s website https://revpacman.com
Sting – Message in a bottle – recorded live at Irving Place New York. – Originally released by Police in 1979, when UK no 1 selling 500,00 copies.
Lauren Diagle – Thank God I do – from 2023 album – Lauren Diagle – USA and UK Christian charts no 1.
Chris Stapleton – White horse – from the album – Higher – to be released on November 10th. Paul has seen Chris live and loves his music.
Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart – title track from 2018 album, UK Country no 3. He calls his music SoCal Country because of Southern Californian influence. Paul always writes about his top 20 songs each year, this was no 1 in 2016, having been released as a single that year.
Hannah White – Chains of ours – from the album released today – Sweet revolution. Hannah is a London-based Americana singer. Hannah played in Billericay in February. Recently she was supporting Paul Carrick. Paul said definitely an artist to watch.
At 62 years of age Stephen Randall Jackson is the youngest of the Jackson brothers. We heard the 1979 Jacksons track – Shake your body down – written by him. UK no 4, USA no 7 and Top 10 in four more countries. From the album – Destiny – a million seller in USA.
Above, Hank Marvin in 1962.
Below in 2019.
Hank Marvin, lead guitarist with The Shadows, is 82 years old. We heard – Foot tapper – 1962 UK no 1, Top 10 in seven more countries.
Vanessa White is 34 years old. She is best known as a former member of the Saturdays. We heard their 2010 UK no 9 – Ego
Thanks to Chris and Bob in Harlow, Paul and Anabel in the studio, Chris in Guildford and Patrick in Ingatestone for taking part today. Our winner with just 2 points was Paul.
We had no correct answers today.
Eleanor Every – Looking after you now – Eleanor’s first single, released thanks to crowd funding. She is someone Paul has known for a long time.
Patrick requested The Shadows 1980 UK no 12, Ireland no6 and no 21 in Finland – Riders in the sky.
Chart this week in
No 5 Traffic – Hole in my shoe – UK no 2, Canada no 4, Netherlands no 9. The band included 19 year old Steve Winwood. In 2008 Rolling Stone ranked him as no 33 in the 200 Greatest singers of all time.
No 6 The Herd – From the underworld – UK no 6, Netherlands no 2. On the right of the single cover is 16 year old Peter Frampton.
No 17 Diana Ross and the Supremes – Reflections – USA no 2, UK no 5, Top 10 in four more countries. A million seller in the USA. Diana Ross was 23 years old at the time.
Lighthouse Family – Lost in space – 1998 UK no 6. Rene wanted to hear this track as it always reminds her of her wedding day where it was the first dance.
Rembrandts – I’ll be there for you – RIP Matt Perry. He wanted to be remembered for his help to people with addictions even though he battled with them himself.
Lauren Diagle – These are the days – from her 2023 album – Lauren Diagle
Next week I will be joined in the studio by Bishop Guli Francis- Dehqani. Having arrived in Britain as a teenage refugee from Iran, she is now the Church of England Bishop of Chelmsford.