Paul Barber takes the hot seat for this Mixtape Assembly and the studio is still scorching from his tune selection!
A much loved actor, Paul is probably best known for his roles playing Denzil in Only Fools and Horses and Horse in The Full Monty.
When people found out that my dad was in Only Fools, they'd often be keen to find out more about David Jason, who plays the main character Del Boy in the classic sitcom. I'd always find myself mumbling that my dad didn't really have much to do with Jason, and that the guy who played Denzil, Paul Barber, was his best mate from the show.
In this Mixtape Assembly, Paul remembers working on Only Fools with my dad, and also reflects on the friendship he shared with the late, great Larrington Walker, who he first met when they performed together in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar back in 1972.
Going even further back, Paul talks about the songs that helped him get through some very tough times as he grew up in the care system in Liverpool, and the inspiration he drew from conscious music. It turns out Paul could have been a singer himself, and was closely connected to the black soul scene coming out of Liverpool in the 1960s, counting Ray Lake, a founding member of the seminal group The Real Thing, as a close friend.
1. Tymes: So Much In Love
2. Helen Shapiro: Walking Back To Happiness
3. Peter Straker: Coloured Spade
4. The Chants: I Don’t Care
5. The Real Thing: You To Me Are Everything
6. Sixteen Sunsets: Tottenham
7. Curtis Mayfield: Miss Black America
8. Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me
9. Four Tops: Reach Out I’ll Be There
10. Bill Hayley: Rock Around The Clock
11. Slim Whitman: Rose Marie
12. Sammy Davis Junior: Don’t Blame The Children
13. The Heptones: Yesterday
14. Barrington Levy: The Vibes Is Right
15. Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends
16. Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
17. Steel Pulse: Ku Klux Klan
Listen to all of Paul's choices here on Spotify >> https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3N4mfAesmNy3qMvi4ZjZYz?si=YHHdsw7uQAuuFjm8IpqeoA