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Bishop Of Lynn Rev Jonathan Meyrick Releases Rock Album

03/01/2013 13:54 GMT | Updated 03/01/2013 14:10 GMT

A bishop has swapped sermons for the studio as he records an album of rock classics.

It sounds like a storyline from the Vicar of Dibley , but Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, the Bishop of Lynn is determined to raise money with his musical venture.

He hasn't picked ballads with a holy flavour either, but instead plumped for hip-grinding tracks like Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, Wild Thing by the Troggs, and the more melodious Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues.

Perhaps Living on a Prayer and Stairway to Heaven would have been more appropriate?

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The Bishop of Lynn

The 58-year-old said the idea came after he performed on stage in King's Lynn, Norfolk, as a guest vocalist with a local band.

The traditionally subversive genre might seem an unlikely choice for a conservative Christian to choose but the former Dean said he was not aiming to be a rock god.

Instead he hopes the collection of 1960s hits will raise funds for Tapping House Hospice and a campaign to restore St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn to its former glory.

He said: "I have always been involved in performance on an amateur basis.

"I have a broad taste in music and in the past my singing has ranged from light opera to Gilbert and Sullivan and music from the sixties.

"I have done a lot of work with choral societies but I can tailor my voice to fit the era.

"The hospice is a key charity in my area and the restoration appeal is very important so I hope to raise a good amount of money - but I'm not looking to top the charts."

The bishop previously appeared on ITV's Stars in Their Eyes dressed as Reg Presley and singing Wild Thing.

Other suggestions for the Bishop:

Knockin On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan

Smells like the (Holy) spirit -Nirvana

(No) Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones

Paradise City- Guns and Roses

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam - Nirvana

Eddie Cochran - Three steps to heaven

AC/DC - (Don't Take The) Highway to hell

What would you suggest? Leave your answers in the comments below.