Songs

This part of the website is devoted to the songs, records or music that means a lot to Wayne throughout his extremely fond love for everything to do with music. Why it even has two tracks recorded by Wayne himself.


21st Century by The Weekend Players

This, along with the other tracks on the album: Pursuit Of Happiness by The Weekend Players, was introduced to me by Tony Fisher. I love this track and think of Tony whenever I hear it so it became 'our tune.'

A Lover's Holiday by Change

This is an epic disco anthem of my youth. It's been added to the website because it also a record associated with the memories of my growing up with ole pal o' mine, Mel. She remarked on Facebook that this was mine and her song and so it is.

Always And Forever by Heatwave

This was a song that Vicki and I used to sing together, using the same key range as the original song. We often laughed through gasps of breath from trying to sing it properly. This would happen randomly when we were together, for exmaple driving in the car or at home. It later transformed in to a routine even when we weren't together because Vick would call me from her car and sing it to me. It became one of 'our tunes.'

Baby Says No by Christopher Cross

This song, and indeed the entire album, was featured heavily during my time alone, having separated from Debbie. I was living at a bed and breakfast and would spend hours listening to this album but loved this track and one other (Talking In My Sleep), the most.

Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty

This iconic track from 1978 was Dad's favourite song. He particularly loved the solo sax by saxonphonist Raphael Ravenscroft. Dad never tired of this song and neither did I which is how it became one of 'our tunes.'

Blue by Lucinda Williams

This totally addictive and beautiful ballad was introduced to me by Pete. He sent me a file with her duetting this track with one of my childhood music legend heroes, Elvis Costello. That is brilliant, but here's Lucinda Williams singing it solo. It's haunting and brilliant!

Bring The Family Back by Billy Paul
When we were growing up, Nik and Michéle would get ready to go out for the evening and I would be their DJ and provide music on my twin decks, amplifier, speakers with microphone. Nik had this track by Billy Paul and I would borrow it to play in an easy listening set.

Closer Than Close by Rosie Gaines

Noel and I would often hear this tune when we were out together, typically at the bar or in the car and I have always associated it with him so I decided it would be 'our tune.'

Crossroads by Don McLean
I love this song so much, I'm on a mission to record it myself.  I may need to hire a recording studio. It's my goal to have it played at my funeral.

Don't Break My Heart by Vaya Con Dios
I got to love this song by downloading the album from iTunes. I am so totally addicted to Dani Kline's voice (lead vocals).

Don't Give Me Your Life by Alex Party
1995 and Sarah Barnett and I were grooving away to this track at Carrats Club, Sutton. It was a straight club at the weekend but on Monday nights, they were testing a gay night... that didn't last. But this dance track is imprinted in my memory as the reminder of the fun times Sarah and I had.

Don't Go Breking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee
This is another karaoke tune only this time I sang duet to it with Sharon Chapman and on other occasions, Emma Browne. It became 'our tune.'

Easy Come Easy Go by The Sutherland Brothers
This is one of my favourite songs of all time. I've been singing along to it for decades now.

Fallen by Lauren Wood
This lovely track always reminds of my wonderful friend, Simon. It just became an 'our tune' for Simon and I.

Falling In Love With You by Andy Gibb
I am so totally in love with this song. I stumbled upon it on youtube.com.

Feelings by Morris Albert
The recording of this song was been added to the collection as it is a reminder of my Aunty Gwen. It was the title tune to an album she had on vinyl and I used to play it on their hi-fi system back in the seventies when I stayed at theirs.

Fifteen Summers by Gallagher & Lyle
One of my favourite duets ever -  and this track dates back to my youth again. I played it hundreds of timesand since.

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Van Morrison
Another 'our tune' and is mine and Kelly's. Since around 2000, Kelly and I would use the initials HITYLTILY to represent the title and remind each other that we love one another all of the time.

Heaven by Late Night Alumni
This track has an unidentifiable line that is spoken near the beginning. It's something that Nick Ward and I noticed immediately and so it became an 'our song' between us. Our other song Carole Bayer Sager's 'You're Moving Out Today.'

I Still Want You by Richard Hawley
I cried listening and watching the video to this on YouTube. Richard Hawley has become one of the best for bringing out the emotions in me. I first heard the song from the film 'Funny Cow.'

I Think Of You by Perry Como
This, another of Dad's and my 'our song,' was a song that Betty had on 7" vinyl. I used to play it a lot and now this song always reminds me of Dad and Bet together. I sing a karaoke version, weekly.

If Leaving Me Is Easy by Phil Collins
This is my second favourite song of all time. More recently, it's also become mine and my sister Nikki's 'our tune.'

(It Looks Like) I'm Never Gonna Fall In Love Again by Tom Jones
Karaoke tune of the century. Richard was the licencee of the the Goose and Carrot. He hosted the karaoke night on Sunday nights and we often battled it out singing this Tom Jones classic. Reckon I sang it better! Haha but then he beat me hands down with Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline. So, Richard and my 'our tune' is this one.

It Must Be Love by Labi Siffre
This track from 1971, is still, and always has been, my favourite song of all time. It originally  belonged to my Grandmother. I would play it over and over on her gramophone in the lounge until I knew all of the words off by heart.

Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
This track was added to the web site as it is featured as an "our tune."  It is mine and Dave Bacon's record.  David played it when we first met in 1986 and I fell in love with it straight away.

Look What You've Done To Me by Boz Scaggs
I was introduced to this track by John Gregory, Deb's Dad and Kelly's Grandad. He posted the YouTube link on Facebook and I fell in love with it immediately. For me, it's Boz Scaggs at his finest. 

Lost Without Your Love by Bread
This track has always been in the collection, on a much loved Bread album. But, the significance of it being included on the site is that the title of the track were the words I used for the card for Dad's funeral flowers. They were used again for my 9th tattoo: 'A Portrait Of My Dad.'

Missing You by Gallagher & Lyle
This is third favourite song of all time. I think I must play it monthly.

More Than Words by Extreme
This is another song that Vicki and I used to sing together, using the same key range as the original song. We often laughed through gasps of breath from trying to sing it properly. This would happen randomly when we were together, for exmaple driving in the car or at home. It later transformed in to a routine even when we weren't together because Vick would call me from her car and sing it to me. It became one of 'our tunes.'

My Love Is Loving You by Sylvester
This beautiful ballad is another 'our tune' and is one of mine and Jezz's. Sylvester was a 70's disco icon and legend but he wrote a few ballad songs and this was, in my opinion, his best.

Nothing Comes To Sleepers by The Gap Band
I discovered this song by playing b sides when I was younger.  The A side was Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) from 1979.  This track shows The Gap Band's versatility from the massive disco floor-filler hit "Oops Upside Your Head."

On My Own by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
This beautiful duet has been added to the site because it has a story... Dad once asked me on the phone if I had this record. I did and played it to him, start to finish down the phone. He was silent and crying quietly. I didn't ask then but years later (2015) whilst driving my car, it came on. I listened to the words and remembered Dad asking me about it. I started crying there and then. and it's happened again. I was preparing a meal in the kitchen and listening to Smooth FM, I started crying. I do hope that it's not going to have that effect on me everytime I hear it. It could get embarrassing!

One More Time by Daft Punk
When Pete, Paul, Jezz and I all lived together for a while in 1999, Paul and I would often listen and dance to this track. I always think of him when I hear it so it became 'our tune.'

One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic
This is mine and Michéle's 'our tune.' I used to like to play this in my DJ set when the girls were home and getting ready to go out. I'd play my music like a radio show when I was younger, about 13 years old. And occasionally, she'd let me borrow her copy of this track.

Please Stay by Wayne Alton
This was originally a track written by my mate, Kes Howe.  He gave me a copy of him singing it, on cassette and I learned the lyrics playing it hundreds of times.  Some years later, I was able to sing it when I met up with Kes again when we were having an unplanned recording session at his house. This track is the result and I remember being really pleased that we did it in one recording, without editing.

Reflections Of My Life by Dean Ford
I stumbled upon this track when discovering that the great Dean Ford had died and was looking for songs on YouTube. I fell in love with this song, originally recorded with his group 'Marmalade,' the moment I heard it. It's slower and chilling and brilliant.

Reunited by Peaches & Herb
This track was added to the web site as it is featured as an "our tune."  It is mine and Emma Browne's record. The song is significant between the two of us because we'd always make a point of trying to sing it together as a duet when we met up for karaoke at the bar.

Saturday by The LA Boppers
An historic track from my youth.  In the old days of vinyl, B sides played just as big a role as the A side to any 7" single.  The hit single, albeit a minor one in the UK, "Be Bop Dancin'" had this fabulous ballad as its B side, Saturday.  How I came to have such a good quality mp3 file is amazing.  In my search on the internet for an LA Boppers album, I stumbled on the myspace site of one of the band members, Vance R Tenort and he sent me a copy.

Should I Stay by Gabrielle
Jezz and I met in November 2000 and Gabrielle was at her peak in the British charts. The album Rise had been out a short while and we played it a lot when we were in each other's company.  The track Should I Stay wasn't pertinent from its lyrics but we both thought of it as one of the best tracks at the time.

Since You Stayed Here by Liz Callaway
This track was added to the web site as it is featured as an "our tune."  It is mine and Karl Moffatt's song.  Karl would make me listen to some of his CD collection when I went to see him both in Ashford (Surrey) and in Chiswick.  He was only playing songs because he liked them but for me, it was an education and this was my favourite.

Sunshine On My Shoulders by John Denver
There are too many songs that associate my relationship with Pete and there should be, as it was 17 years. But as we are both avid John Denver fans and this is one of my favourite tracks, I declared this track to be mine and Pete's 'our tune.'

Talking In My Sleep by Christopher Cross
Another significant song from my days of growing up with music.  This song, and indeed the entire album, was featured heavily during my time alone, having separated from Debbie. I was living at a bed and breakfast and would spend hours listening to this album but loved this track and another (Baby Says No), the most.

Till Then My Love by Matt Monro
This song, I only discovered in 2008 and played it a lot on the way to Tesco's with Dad in the car. It quickly became my favourite song by Matt Monro and Dad's favourite of his was played at his funeral on entering the crematorium, Softly As I Leave You.

Together We Are Beautiful by Fern Kinney
I just think of Simon when I hear this tune so I declared it as one of 'our tunes.'

Unchained Melody by Wayne Alton
While Kes and I were busy putting a few tracks to CD, we recorded this classic Righteous Brothers song.

When A Woman Loves by R. Kelly
Having watched R. Kelly on Jools Holland, I bought his latest album online and from it, comes this track. In my opinion, it is R. Kelly at his finest!

You Make Me Feel Brand New by The Stylistics
This track was added to the web site as it is featured as an "our song."  It is Bet's and my record.  It was also Betty and Dad's song.  It was played as we left the crematorium on 12 April 2008 at Dad's funeral service.

You're Moving Out Today by Carole Bayer Sager
This track is mine and Nick Ward's 'our tune.' I'm not altogether sure why other than we both remember the song from our youth and Nick and I have a really funny way of hearing sounds in a song like a weird voice or a line sung strangely and this song has plenty of them.