IN the third instalment of our weekend playlist series we asked councillor Peter Christie to share his top weekend songs.
Below, the Bideford North councillor who ran a second hand record shop for many years, shares his top 10 weekend tunes and explains why he chose them.
1. 'Drift Away' by Dobie Gray - one of the greatest heartfelt songs ever written and Dobie makes it his own - and there have been hundreds of versions - just check out YouTube. I'm a huge fan and have everything he ever released (he died in 2011) and even bought a shirt from him that he is wearing on the cover of one of his LPs.
2. My second track would be 'Aw Shucks Baby' by Tiny Topsy - I don't know much about this very large lady but the song just lifts me up whenever I listen to it.
3. Anything by Buddy Holly - some of my earliest memories of music are his songs and I still play him in the car and at home - the first and greatest writer/performer - and dead at 22.
4. My earliest musical memory has to be Tommy Steele and the Steelmen performing 'Singing the Blues' – incredibly simple yet there's not a note out of place – and it recalls my childhood instantly when I always seem to have been swimming in the sea.
5. I first heard Percy Sledge's 'When a man loves a woman' when I was excavating a medieval castle in Norfolk in Summer 1966 - and it left me with a love for Southern Soul music ever since.
6. I'm a huge Springsteen fan but have chosen a perfect version of his 'Book of Dreams' by Dion. This singer was a 1950s doo-wop artist but released this in 2000 when he was in his 60's – and what a sublime singer he is – perfect for Summer mornings.
7. One song that always reminds me, and I suspect many others, of sun and the seaside is 'Under the Boardwalk' by the Drifters which instantly takes me back to beach days every time I hear it.
8. You can't have a list of Summer music without some dance tracks so here are three of the best – Bill Kirchen does 'Sometimes I think' and the Bobby Fuller Four the song 'Let her dance' – I defy anyone to sit still when either of them are on. The third is Chuck Berry's 'Promised Land' done by Johnnie Allan as a zydeco (cajun style) record – sheer good nature.
10. My last choice is by the vastly underrated Millie Jackson who sings 'Loving Arms' as a bitter-sweet lament for a lost love. If you haven't heard it do listen to her version – it sends shivers up my spine – a touch serious perhaps but Summer isn't always sun and fun.