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Neil Gits Out To Tenerife

4th February 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

No, I didn’t leave the country again immediately after landing from Poland last weekend. In fact, my desire to put myself through the airport / flight ordeal is almost at zero right now, thanks to a rotten cold I clearly picked up on Friday night, trapped inside a plane for two and a half hours with people coughing and spluttering left right and centre !! And in any case Tenerife is one of those popular hot sunshine destinations which appeal to me even less than catching other peoples germs …

Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, my show can be heard in all sorts of places around the world and I’ve had listeners telling me they are tuned in whilst either on holiday or working in Spain, Canada, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and the USA over the last 13 years, with Dennis catching the tunes & rays on his regular sunny mini-breaks and of course Paul & Dawn often enjoy the show whilst on their frequent trips to France & The Isle Of Wight … but this time they excelled themselves.

It’s lovely when I hear that friends of my regulars have been introduced to the delights of 70s & 80s soul, jazz-funk & disco whilst hooking up abroad and Popmaster Paul & The Good lady Dawn took it to another level this week – heading up a group of 13 old friends on a jolly to the Canary Islands ! (I only discovered that Tenerife is one of those islands during the show – I thought it was in the Med near Ibiza or even on mainland Spain !!) Hence “The Soulful Roll Call” on Monday was totally handed over to “Team Duchess” as the show boomed out over a small corner of the largest of the Canaries, temporarily invaded by Brits Abroad … I just hope they could make out their names through my snotty nose !

You are always welcome to get a mention each Monday, whether you are sitting in your kitchen having beans on toast or indulging in a barbie on the beach Down Under, just post a comment on “The Old Gits Soul Show” Facebook page or like one of my other posts on there. Now, back to the music – here is an extra hot & sunny, sandy playlist !

The Tunes – Monday 29th Janaury 2024

Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife
Betty Wright – Miami Groove
Louise Meehan & Kathy Kosins – Distance
First Choice – I Got A Feeling
Controllers – Keep In Touch
Heatwave – All You Do Is Dial
George Benson – Turn Out The Lamplight
Will Wheaton & Bridgette Bryant-How Do You (Do The Thing That You Do)
Whispers – Out The Box
Freeez – Southern Freeez
Shalamar – Friends
Biddu Orchestra – Summer Of 42
Soulrender – Fallin’
M People – Sight For Sore Eyes
Boystown Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Jackson 5 – Doctor My Eyes
Tasita D’Mour – Change My Heart
Preston Glass ft Tony Lindsay – Along Came the Love
Toni Braxton – Unbreak My Heart
Melba Moore & Lillo Thomas – When You Love Me Like This
Mystic Merlin – Can’t Stop Dancin’ (No Matter What I Do)
Chic – I Want Your Love
Eddie Kendricks – Girl You Need A Change Of Mind

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !