Tony's Top Tunes #21

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Since March of this year, Tony has been creating playlists for the Manchester Cares' community. 

This selection features five different genre songs from five decades starting with the 70’s Funk, 80’s Reggae, 90’s Indie, 00’s Pop and 2010’s Folk.

Listen here.


Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay

“If You Want Me To Stay” is a 1973 hit single from the album “Fresh”. The lyrics feature front man Sly Stone informing his lover that she has to let him be himself, otherwise he feels that he would have to leave. The composition has its origins in an apology Stone wrote to his future wife, Kathleen Silva, after a fight.

Freddie McKay – I’m a Free Man

Freddie McKay was a Jamaican singer whose career spanned the rocksteady and reggae eras. He died in 1986, aged 38, from a heart attack, shortly after finishing his final album, “I’m a Free Man”.


Cornershop – Brimful of Asha

The recording “Brimful of Asha” originally reached number 60 in the UK Singles Chart in 1997, but a remixed version by Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) became a radio and critical success, reaching number one in the UK chart. The lyric is a tribute to Asha Bhosle, best known for her singing in Hindi films, singing in over a thousand Bollywood movies.

Adele – Chasing Pavements

From her debut album, 19 comes the single “Chasing Pavements” by English singer-songwriter, Adele.


Birdy – Skinny Love 

Birdy or Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde to give her birth name had a debut single with a cover version of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” which charted all across Europe. 

Heather Madden

Posted by Heather Madden on Tuesday 10th November 2020

Heather is Manchester Cares' Programme Coordinator managing our Social Clubs programme.

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