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Neil Gits Inundated!

13th May 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

A radio presenter always likes to get feedback on their show – after all it is nice to know that SOMEBODY is listening ! I was pleased to say that last Monday I almost couldn’t cope with all the various messages finding their way to me via text, e-mail and of course of the thriving social network that is Facebook …

So to Helen, Steve T, Jason, Samantha, Kim, Matthew, Kerion, Micky, Paul, Jon, Steve H and “anyone else who knows me” thanks for your kind words (and wind ups!!!) and I promise to play any tunes you asked for next Monday between 7pm & 9pm. I was once told in my days at Essex Radio around 20 years ago, that to roughly estimate how many listeners I had I could multiply the number of phone calls I received by 10,000 ! So here are the tracks that the other 109,989 people heard and can hear again on the repeat play tomorrow at 5pm…

This Week’s Playlist:

McFadden & Whitehead  –  Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

Luther Vandross  –  Sugar & Spice

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Magic Mind

Taste of Honey  –  Boogie Oogie Oogie (full extended 12″ version)

TS Monk  –  Bon Bon Vie

Mtume –  Prime Time

Sade – Your Love Is King

Freddie Hubbard  –  Little Sunflower

Al Green  –  Tired Of Being Alone

Lyn Collins  –  Think (for Matthew)

Double Exposure  – My Love Is Free

Four Tops  –  Don’t Walk Away

Joe Sample  –  Burning Up The Carnival

Funk Masters  –  Have You Got The Time

Hi Gloss  –  You’ll Never Know

Brass Construction  –  Can You See The Light

Regina Belle  –  Baby Come To Me

Surface  –  Happy

Dynasty  – Here I Am

Hot Chocolate  –  Disco Queen

Jerry Knight  –  I’m Down For That   

Dave Koz  –  You Make Me Smile

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Saturday 14th May


“Soul Fusion”

The Star & Garter, 159 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

9pm – Midnight          Free Admission

DJs: Marky Mark & Dave Marley

“70s & 80s Soul Disco & Boogie”

Friday 27th May

“Soul Survivors Live”

Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea

“Tunes From The Days Of Caister, Zero 6, Goldmine, Flicks…”

DJ : Jon Barrall

7pm  –  1am       –      Free Admission

Last Friday of each month

Free Admission

Friday 27th May

“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 28th May

QdOS Soul

Civic Hall, Grays

“Jazz Funk Soul & House”

DJs: Tig & Tel  /  Fat Tel / John Ovel / Lee Aldwinckle


Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

“Open Air Soul Spectacular!”

**Billy Ocean & Tavares – LIVE !**

Plus Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) & Ray Lewis (Still Drifting)

Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh

Midday – Late

DJs: Ian Reading and guests

Tickets : £25

Further info at:

Sunday 29th May

Fancy a day out on the Kent side ?

“East Kent Soul Connection” presents Soul on the Harbour, Jackson’s Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9DS
2pm till late
Djs:  MickyB, Paul Spickett, Johnny H, & Jason  Anderson, Rookie Penny and special guest….. Caister’s Nick Aravis
“The best in jazzfunk and soul…come down for some fun in the sun
Free admission….see “East Kent Soul Connection” on Facebook

Friday 3rd June

“Zero Soul Night”

Marcos Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

More info to follow…

Friday 10th June

“Killer Soul – Night 4″
Lords Golf & Country Club , Rayleigh
8pm – 1am
A night of Top Choonz and Anthems over three floors at one of the best venues in the area…..
“Jazz Funk Soul & Dancefloor Anthems”
Saturday 18th June
“Fat Sams Again!”
Basildon United FC, Gardiners Close, Basildon
“Musical Memories from the days of that famous bar at the Crest Hotel…”
Guest DJ – all the way from New Jersey !  –  Andy John
Plus:  Stavros, Pete Collins & Mark Piggott
Tickets £10  –  Only 200 available
Details on (07809) 689968  or visit …
Saturday 2nd July
Hockley Soul Night,
Hockley Community Centre,
Westminster Drive,
8pm – 12.30am
DJ Geoff Grove
Saturday 2nd July
“Soul By The Jetty”
Full details soon …
Every Friday:
“Soul @ The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night   –  next one July 2nd
Soul By The Jetty  –  next one July 2nd
Further details above as each night comes around.

Weekenders !

It is that time of year again here are details of the latest event…

Click on the links for more details of DJs, times, accomodation, etc…

Essex Soul Weekender

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June

Thurrock Hotel, Ship Lane, Aveley

“Old School Soul, R’n’B, Jazz-Funk & Club Classics”

**Special Live Performances by OMAR  &  MARIE GARACCIO**

£45  –  3 days  ;  £30 – day pass!/event.php?eid=177743425572442

 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 : 5th June

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