On the 30th November into the 1st December, my Rhondda Radio family took part in an epic 24 hour live broadcast marathon to raise sponsorship to keep the station going. I was very excited because Lee agreed that I could do a 2 hour Beatles themed show.
My excitement turned to sadness when I realised that, due to my childcare commitments and lack of anyone to look after my son for me, I wouldn’t actually be able to take part. Reluctantly, I let that go, but told Lee that I would still like to present that show if the opportunity arose in the future.
Fate was smiling on me, because that opportunity presented itself very quickly. On Saturday evening, at 6pm, I was in the Rhondda Radio studio, saying ‘Hello, Goodbye’ as I started my 2 hour slot with that funky Beatles number. By sheer beautiful coincidence, I actually presented the last live show in a 34 hour period on Rhondda Radio, and I had the best fun doing so!
The list of songs I wanted to play far exceeded the amount of time I had to play them, and there were some fantastic tracks and artists who had to be left out of the show. Bob Dylan, a long term friend and collaborator of George Harrison, had to get ditched, as did David Bowie, and several Beatles songs I had wanted to play. But I loved every minute of it, especially once some of my friends told me they were listening in, and sent in their requests.
Here is the complete tracklisting of the songs I played
Hello Goodbye – The Beatles
Fuh you – Paul McCartney (from his new Egypt Station album
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
Layla – Derek and the Dominoes
Street Fighting Man – Rolling Stones
Wonderwall – Oasis
Without You – Harry Nillson
Watching the wheels – John Lennon
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie wonder
Band on the run – Wings
Good day sunshine – The Beatles
Something Blue – Elvis
Here comes the sun – The Beatles
Jennifer Juniper – Donovan
Always look on the bright side of life – Monty Python
Heading for the light – Traveling Wilburys
Ticket to ride – The Beatles
Too late for goodbyes – Julian Lennon
Liverpool 8 – Ringo Starr
Give me love (give me peace on earth – George Harrison
There may have been a somewhat George Harrison heavy aspect to the show, which is no big surprise considering what an impact the man has had on my life (saving my life and influencing 3 of my tattoos!). I could quite happily have done a similar show just looking at George and his connections, and maybe I will try to persuade Lee to let me do just that – his musical career involved so many other incredible artists it really wouldn’t be hard to fill 2 hours!
I hope you enjoy the show. I’d love to know what is your favourite Beatles song?