Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Why Do I Love Cosy Local Radio?
Partly because of it's inclusiveness - the way it's an open forum to phone in, get involved and become an on air have-a-go-hero - although I never understand the dreary Deidre and constipated callers that have to be prodded and pocked to draw out a weary 'yes' or 'no' - I was on a couple of weekends back, growling about dangerous dogs and have previous form for jabberings about my Starsky trainers and seventies fashions..
However the real highlight is a Sunday morning show 'The BBC Essex Years'. A show that indulges the listener with a full two hour rundown of the top twenty from one random year - padded with ad's and local news from the time. The fifties and sixties can lean towards a lumpy listen, but the seventies are solid gold - and somewhere I've picked up on these pieces of pure pop magic - Sail On Sailor, T.S.O.P and this peachy treat from last Sunday's 1972 show....
In case you're interested that full February 15th chart rundown looked like this - a cross-section of quality pop, that proves they really don't make 'em like they used to....
01 - Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father
02 - T.Rex - Telegram Sam
03 - The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her
04 - Slade - Look Wot You Dun
05 - Neil Reid - Mother Of Mine
06 - Don McLean - American Pie
07 - The New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
08- Sonny And Cher - All I Ever Need Is You
09 - Fortunes - Storm In A Teacup
10 - Al Green - Let's Stay Together
11 - America - Horse With No Name
12 - Greyhound - Moon River
13 - Badfinger - Day After Day
14 - Melanie - Brand New Key
15 - Bread - Baby I'm A Want You
16 - Nilsson - Without You
17 - The Bee Gees - My World
18 - Sly And The Family Stone - Family Affair
19 - Donnie Elbert - Where Did Our Love Go
20 - Stevie Wonder - If You Really Love Me
Chart stats from the might site chartstats.com