30th April 2014 Leighton Hospital Radio Studio
Over the last ten years I have always tried to come up with some good ideas for my radio show (Angie’s Allsorts) at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. Recently I’ve been thinking about all the artists I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen live on stage. This gave me the idea of playing a couple of virtual concerts comprising of artists and songs with special meaning to me. The only condition was that I’d seen them in concert at least once, although several have had repeat attendances. For tonight’s show you will discover which musical has a great significance for me, find out the artist I’ve listened to my whole life and seen over 20 times, and see why one song has me beaming with delight when I hear it. So welcome to the show….
Playlist Leighton Live Part 1
1. DAVID ESSEX with BEAUTIFUL DAY-the intro song for my first David Essex concert at the Victoria Hall Hanley in 2006. I went back for more in 2008, and have seen David act on stage as well.
2. BUCKS FIZZ with MAKING YOUR MIND UP (no. 1 in UK from 12/4-2/5 1981). I was delighted to see three of the four original members perform as The Real Bucks Fizz.
3. JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER with JACKIE’S SONG (announced his retiral this week, last concert at Malvern this Friday (May 2nd). With the sudden announcement on Monday regarding Julian’s unfortunate injury (herniated disc in his neck) forcing his retirement I had to play something from the great man. Thankfully I witnessed a mesmerising performance from Julian in 2009 as a birthday treat.
4. WHITNEY HOUSTON with MILLION DOLLAR BILL-the concert was initially cancelled and rearranged due to her suffering a respiratory tract infection. Although nowhere near her prowess of twenty years ago, she still packed a punch, although with a much huskier, deeper, and jazz like voice. Clearly struggling at times the whole audience joined her in singing Greatest Love of All, and the hairs on the back of my neck literally stood on end. A magical memory.
Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is a musical that resonates throughout my life and is very dear to my heart. My first encounter with the concept of such a coat came from my Mammy’s favourite song from Dolly Parton. I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing Dolly three times so far, and have a ticket for a show in June. She is clearly a woman of deep faith and my most vivid memory from a Dolly concert was during her Backwoods Barbie Tour. At the end of the show the entire audience rose to their feet to sing/clap and rejoice with Dolly singing Jesus & Gravity. Everyone (with or without a faith) were united in the sheer power and joy that Dolly exuded. It was like being at a spiritualist revival, absolutely amazing. But for my Mammy I’m playing tonight…
- DOLLY PARTON with COAT OF MANY COLOURS
I knew about Dolly’s coat, and I learned about Joseph’s coat at Sunday school. Then in the summer of 1981 our finale show at Cleland Primary; (before moving to high school); was Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. We must have been taught well because to this day I know all the music and most of the dialogue we used, so I was more than able to join Jason Donovan singing
- JASON DONOVAN with ANY DREAM WILL DO
Although I’ve seen Jason act on stage in other shows (Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Sound of Music) I didn’t see his Joseph. But I thoroughly enjoyed the music concert I seen him do in Dec 2008. When I finally did manage to see Joseph on stage, none other than DONNY OSMOND had the lead role. Somehow my honeymoon (Amtrak New York-San Francisco in 1994) coincided with him performing the role in Chicago! I was only passing through the city for one night but my husband and I managed to get tickets. I’ve heard Donny sing alongside his brothers & sister since then.
7. THE OSMONDS with LET ME IN-the boys appearance on the Andy Williams US TV show made them stars.
8. ANDY WILLIAMS with CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU-a favourite artist of my Granny & Mammy so when I seen the poster outside the Royal Albert Hall I had to get a ticket.
9. OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN with PHYSICAL-toured last year for the first time in twenty years. I managed to get the cheapest ticket available, standing in the gallery. I was given the impression that not much else was available, and the higher prices were eye watering anyway. On the night I was told by the usherette that I’d been re-allocated to a better seat. Having climbed the heights of the RAH I trudged all the way down again, to find myself in one of the boxes close to the stage. These seats were the most expensive in the house, and judging by the clientele in the next booth; (champagne on ice, canapés, finger food buffet, cutlery, china plate settings, and designer clothing); I could well believe it. But I scrub up quite well and had dressed smartly so I didn’t feel out of place. Anyway, one of my personal traditions is to take a little soft teddy to a show when I can. Having over 70 of them, it’s a fun and harmless trait that makes me smile. For Olivia I had taken my Sooty glove puppet, and he showed his prowess at PE when Olivia sang Physical. Sooty never missed a beat and was happily bopping along when I spotted the thunderous glare from the people in the next booth. That picture in my head is priceless and I just grin inanely at the thought, they must have felt that barmy squatters had invaded the palace gardens. A good friend of Olivia is of course Cliff Richard.
10. CLIFF RICHARD with SOME PEOPLE– I’ve managed to see him four times but I was a late comer to his concerts, my first being in 2006. At this show I realised how much of Cliff’s repertoire I knew, but he performed songs from his “Nashville” album Something’s Goin’ On, which I’d never heard before. These songs were utterly astounding to me particularly “For Life”, the words, emotion, setting etc. all spoke to me in a way few songs ever had. Another spell-binding concert moment freeze-framed in my mind. Some People still remains one of my favourite Cliff songs. I managed to see The Shadows on stage during their reunion tour with Cliff.
11. THE SHADOWS with WONDERFUL LAND (no.1 in UK from 16/3-10/5 1962)
12. SYDNEY DEVINE MEDLEY with TINY BUBBLES, PEARLY SHELLS, STAND BESIDE ME-I’ve grew up listening to this artist since I was in a pram. Due to hearing Sydney records for all these years, I’ve amassed a wide knowledge of songs, lyrics & artists from several genres of music, easy listening, country, rock n’ roll etc. I may never have known otherwise. I’m eternally grateful for this musical grounding, but Sydney Devine in Scotland is usually either loved or loathed in equal measure-a bit like marmite. But to me he is Absolutely Devine and I will see him for the 24th time in November (all being well, considering he is 74 with almost 60 years in professional showbiz behind him).
This song was played at the end of our request show: 13. JOE McCELDREY with THE CLIMB
I’ve attended the X-Factor shows four times and Joe’s was the last one in 2010. To me the show couldn’t be beaten, because I was seated in the middle of the front row at Wembley Arena!!!!
Every one of these artists has given me enormous pleasure and I thank them all for their talent, energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.
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