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Neil Gits Predictable

26th July 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s a bit of an obvious thing for a  radio DJ to do, but I always play an instrumental cut just before the end of the show to save having to fade out a fine soul singer in mid sentence when the news looms “at the top of the hour” . However, some of the tracks I’ve found to serve this purpose deserve more than a brief two minute cameo at the end and indeed some of the jazz-funk classic tunes are cherished by soul fans every bit as a brilliant vocal performance by the likes of Teddy & Luther. So listen out each week around halfway through my “Old Gits Soul Show” for just such a tune in all its fully extended glory ! Lately I’ve played Azymuth’s “Jazz Carnival” and Atmosfear’s “Dancing In Outer Space” to give you two examples – and there’s plenty more where they came from ! Now check the list for this week…

This Week’s Playlist:

Temptations  –  Treat Her Like A Lady

Alexander O’Neal  –  You Were Meant To Be My Lady

Full Circle  –  Working Up A Sweat  (for Craig)

Whispers  –  And The Beat Goes On (Full 12 inch Mix)

Sivuka  –  Ain’t No Sunshine

Paul Simpson  –  Use Me Lose Me (Lose Me Use Me)

Lionel Richie  –  Truly  

Viola Wills  –  Dare To Dream

Brass Construction  –  Partyline

Cool Notes  –  Spend The Night

Northend & Michelle Wallace  –  Happy Days

Love Unlimited  –  Jamaican Girl

Rick James  –  Big Time (for Helen)

Stylistics  –  I Can’t Give You Anything But My Love (for Anthony)

Cheryl Lynn  –  Shake It Up Tonight

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam  –  Let The Beat Hit Em

Keith Washington  –  Kissing You

Ohio Players  –  Sweet Sticky Thing (for Andy)

Third World  –  Cool Meditation

Robert Knight  – Love On A Mountain Top      

B Baker Chocolate Company  –  Snow Blower

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Friday 5th August
“Soul At The Squire”
The Squire Public House, North Street, Romford
Free Entry  –   8pm – 1am
Resident DJ: Steve Kite (Caister)  plus various guests
This week Goldmine legend … Tom Holland ! 
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 guests   Axel F & Brian Kelly
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Disco & Dance Anthems”
Saturday 6th August
“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”


JD Fitzgerald singing live this week  !
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 
“Soul Fusion”
Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Soul Stop Over Promotions Present:
DJs: Marky Mark & Dave Morpher Marley
9pm – 12.00  –  Free Admission
Saturday 13th August
 “Summer Bash (Part 1)”
Harlow Town Football Club
8pm – 1am
“70s & 80s Jazz Funk & Soul”
With Mafia Funk DJ : Les Knott with Ash Tyrell
Tickets £7.00 in advance £10.00 on the door
Contact Les Knott 07800724757   Or [email protected]
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!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr Messy with Gino Muscat & Brian Kelly
Special Guest:  Tony Matthews
7.30 – 1am   –   Advance Wristbands Only £5
Tel: Jonny (07989 591399) or email: soulbythejetty@virginmedia​.com
Saturday 27th August 
“Motown Gold Show!”
The Inn On The Green,
Mountnessing Road, Billericay
8.30 start  … Free Admission
“Come along and enjoy all your favourite Motown hits sung live!”
Saturday 3rd September
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
The East Kent Soul Connection Presents…
“Soul Jazz Funk, Soulful Dance & Boogie”
8pm – 1am   –   Free Entry
Friday 9th September 
 “Killer Soul 5!”
@ Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh
8pm – 1am
If you were part of the enormous soul music explosion in the South East of England back in the later part of the 1970´s and attended the night clubs such as Zero 6, Flicks, Lacy Lady and more, then its time to reminisce again as the DJ team at Zero Radio invite you to ´KILLER SOUL 5´
DJ´s such as Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Bully, Uncle Swerve, Nick Gunn and more are back for a night of Jazz Funk, Soul and Dance floor anthems plus an added THIRD room for all Jazz & Chill Connoisseurs
For further details visit
Wednesday 14th September
“Billy Ocean LIVE at The Towngate !”
St. Martin´s Square, Basildon,  SS14 1DL

2011 will see Billy Ocean perform at just four venues across the country
and the Towngate Theatre are privileged to be able to welcome him back.

All tickets: £27.50

Debit/Credit Card Bookings: 01268 465 465

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 24th September
“KTF Soul Club – Number 10″
Railway Tavern, Stanford Le Hope
7.30 – 1.30
£4 admission
“Northern Soul played by guests DJs – possibly a dance competition too !”
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 26th August
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope – next one 26th August
First Saturday: Crown Soul Affair, The Crown, Billericay – next one August 6th
Second Saturday: Soul Fusion, Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next one 13th Aug
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