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Neil Gits His Anorak On!

6th July 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

I don’t usually use this blog to go on and on week after week about what tracks are in the show – it could get boring and a glance at my playlist below plus the title of the show should do the job enticing you in ! But this week I thought it would be good to draw your attention to a few tunes featured as there are some real gems with fascinating stories behind them included…

The late Eugene Record was lead singer with the Chi-Lites in the early 70s and in 1977 he cut a track for his imaginatively titled LP “The Eugene Record” which has gone on to be one of THE most saught after rare grooves. I’ve found it impossible to find on a CD or download, so I am glad to share it with you on an MP3 converted from my hugely expensive slice of 12″ vinyl…

The younger dance music fan will have heard and enjoyed several versions of “You Got The Love” over the years and I’m sure many are under the impression that the 1991 released “mash up” pitching the vocals over Frankie Knuckles “Your Love” is the original – WRONG! Nip back to 1986 and a 12″ on Morgan Khan’s legendary “Streetwave” label – hear for yourself around 5.40 on Saturday…

“I’m On My Way” by Dean Parrish featured in the excellent British film “Soul Boy” which was recommended to me by one of the guys at the KTF Soul Club in Stanford Le Hope earlier this year. I don’t usually feature much Northern (a bit before even my time!) but thoroughly enjoyed my visit to their winter event and as there’s another one coming soon,it seemed like the right time to branch out a bit…

And reggae is another musical cousin of soul, I don’t normally play, but if you are ever going to play the sounds of the Carribbean along side the soul, funk and disco tunes, this is the time to do it so I’ve brought back the “Reggae Got Soul” feature for July and picked a few cuts that went hand in hand with the soul boy anthems back in the early 80s, like Dennis Brown’s “Love Has Found It’s Way” from 1982 …

A brand new feature starting this week is “The Old Git’s Jazzy Bit”. I slip into the time honoured cliche of playing an instrumental jazzy-funky track at the end of the show which can be faded easily before the news comes on, but some of the tunes I ‘ve had in mind are just too good to play only a couple of minutes of, so I’ ll be slotting one of the monsters that went down so well at places like the Goldmine or Zero 6, championed by the likes of Robbie Vincent and Greg Edwards on the radio back in the day…

Finally, one of those quirky tracks Ifound on vinyl but couldn’t play on the radio until I recently learnt how to use a USB turntable (!) was inspired by the mega famous Irish rock band U2. They had a song called “War” and at the time the American group War were actively releasing singles and albums, so they thought it would be a good idea to call one of their songs “U2″ !! And what a stormer it is too – here this and all the tunes below, this Saturday from 5pm – 7pm…

This Week’s Playlist:

Stacy Lattisaw  –  Jump To The Beat

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Fall In Love With Me (for Gary)

George Duke  –  Reach Out

Rose Royce  –  Carwash (full 12″ version – check the vinyl crackles!)

Eugene Record  –  Overdose Of Joy

Womack & Womack  –  Baby I’m Scared Of You

Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack  –  Tonight I Celebrate My Love

Soul II Soul  –  Keep On Moving

The Source featuring Candi Staton  –  You Got The Love (original mix)

Narada Michael Walden  –  Tonight I’m Alright

Dean Parrish  – I’m On My Way (for the KTF Soul Club in Stanford Le Hope)

Locksmith  –  Unlock The Funk

Atmosfear  – Dancin’ In Outer Space

George Benson  –  Give Me The Night (for Adrian)

War  –  U2

Stevie Wonder  –  I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer (for Helen)

Bill Withers  –  Lean On Me (73 years old on US Independence Day!)

Linda Lewis  –  It’s In His Kiss

Dennis Brown  –  Love Wiil Find A Way

BB & Q  –  Dreamer

Dennis Taylor  –  Steppin’ 

Roy Ayers  –  The Golden Rod

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Saturday 16th July
“KTF Soul Club – Later & Greater!”
The Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm – 1.30am  –  £4 Admission
DJs:  Mark “Gurcha” Collins  &  John Claricoats
This is a Northern Soul event !
Tuesday 19th July
“Jazz At Chalkwell Park”
Live  Acts:  James Taylor Quartet,  Kenny Baxter Quintet   &   Kit Downes Trio
Support from DJ:  Snowboy … playing contemproary jazz, funk and be-bop and more.
6pm – 11pm – Tickets £15 in advance / £18 on the door / £10 students and unwaged concessions
Saturday 23rd July
“Soul On The Harbour Beach Party”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
The East Kent Soul Connection Presents…
“Soul Jazz Funk, Soulful Dance & Boogie”
8pm – 1am   –   Free Entry
Friday 29th July
“Soul Survivors Live”
Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
8pm – 1am
DJ Jon B
Free Admission

Friday 29th July

“Soulful Seduction”

The Inn On The Green, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0ER

“Old School, Disco, 70s Funk, 80s Soul, 90s Club Classics & Dance Anthems”

DJs: MJ & Bully

8pm – 11pm  –  Free Admission

Last Friday Of Every Month

Saturday 30th July
Soul On The Sands – All Dayer
Starting at The Bracket  –  2pm onwards then ..
…on to Bar Lola, Margate (Seafront)
9pm – 2am
DJs include:  Gareth Donovan, Gary Dennis, Pete Collins and Micky B
Friday 5th August 
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out!”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
Free Admission   –  8.30pm – 1.00 am
DJs:  Bully  plus guest
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Disco & Dance Anthems”
Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th August
“Margate Carnival Soul Weekend!”
Westcoast Bar, 3-5 King Street  &  The Parade, Margate
2pm  –  2am  Each Day  –  Free Entry
On The Saturday:  Live Entertainment & DJs on The Plazza
DJ line-up includes:  Tony Matthews, Peter Collins, Roni O’Brien, James Anthony & Jon Layton
Plus of course the “East Kent Soul Connection” crew !!
On The Sunday: Live Shows & Music, Family Entertainment Stalls & Caribbean Bar-B-Q !
Finale:  Special Full Live Performance from THE WESTCOAST SOULSTARS and Friends !
Saturday 13th August
“Stomp In Romford!”
The Squire, North Street, Romford
Tickets £5   –   8pm – 2am
DJs: Steve Kite, Gavin Page, Tony Fernandez, Phil Roberts, Scott James…
…With the sweet Rhythms Of Soul Music !
Check the link below for ticket outlets and more info:
Saturday 27th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party!”
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr Messy with Special Guest:  Tony Matthews
Details to follow…
Saturday 17th September
“Always There – Goldmine Reuion”
La Quinta, Hadleigh, SS7 1QB
DJs: Chris Hill & Snowboy
Tickets £10 in advance from the venue or call (07811) 111333
9pm  –  3.30 am
Saturday 22nd October
Halloween Hockley Soul Night
***New  Venue!***
Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Hall Road, Rochford
DJ: Geoff Grove
Fancy Dress  –   Hot Buffet  –  Tickets & Times TBC
Every Friday:
 “Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
Every Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am   –   Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one August 5th
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend – next one 29th July
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope – next one 29th July
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay – next one August 6th
Second Saturday: Soul Fusion, Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next one 9th July
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one 22nd October
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one  27th August, then 29th Oct and New Years Eve !
Further details above as each night comes around.

 And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : 7th August

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE !  Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm