This was the song they were playing in the blazing August heat and it’s stayed with me ever since.Beverley Knight is headlining Greenbelt, Aug 27-30 JONATHAN COE, author One Summer Dream ELO One of Jeff Lynne’s most beautiful ballads, with a John Barry-like feel.When he asks for it again, and then again, I know we’re friends for life. Kirsty Mac Coll September 1989: I’m in Tuscany with a cassette of Kirsty Mac Coll’s new album.I lie in an olive grove and stare at the stars, squiffy with Kirsty and chianti.Meet on the Ledge Fairport Convention August 2009: I’m in an Oxfordshire field, singing the hymn to friendship that always ends the Cropredy festival. ‘Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia’ (Fourth Estate) is out now KELLY JONES, lead singer, Stereophonics Freebird Lynyrd Skynyrd This song reminds me of camping in the summer – it was played on every stereo at every party.
Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter Thomas Tallis Sublime, other-worldly music from 500 years ago, which sounds oddly futuristic.Faded High Gayngs First up on my poolside ghetto blaster this summer.Planet Claire The B-52’s The first record I can remember buying that had ‘PLAY LOUD’ written on the label. David Gray’s album ‘Foundling’ (Polydor), is out Aug 16 FRANCIS WHEEN, author & broadcaster Sunny Afternoon The Kinks July 1966: I’m in my school dormitory after lights out, listening to the Kinks’ new number one on Radio Luxembourg. Werewolves of London Warren Zevon August 1978: I play this to a new acquaintance, Christopher Hitchens, after dinner.You get what you Give New Radicals The chords are so uplifting it makes you think of driving your car in the sun, with the roof down and no traffic and no red lights.Give it Up KC and the Sunshine Band Summer 1983: I was 10 years old on my way to Ellis Island from Manhattan.