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Neil Gits To Chat With Airrion Love of The Stylistics

1st October 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

Last Monday I was lucky enough to interview (if you can call my “technique” that!) one of the two remaining original members of 70s soul supertars The Stylistics and you can hear my chat wit Airrion Love on today’s repeat play of “The Old Gits Soul Show” between 5 & 7pm, as well as hearing many of the groups huge hits of that decade.

I had shed loads of requests this week too, including tracks for both my “Soul Smoothies” and the “Short Trousered Soul” feature along with many great soul, disco & jazz-funk classics from the 70s & 80s. If you’ve still never heard the show, this week would be a great time to start !

This Week’s Playlist:

Lipps Inc – Funky Town

Barry White – I’m Qualified To Satisfy

Narada Michael Walden – Tonight I’m Alright (for Mart)

Chic – Good Times (Full Extended Album Version)

Billy Ocean – Are You Ready

Lenny White – Didn’t Know About Love (for Andy)

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Part Time Love (for Steve)

Jean Carn – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head (for the Olde Dog Soul Crew!)

Fatback – Backstrokin’

Whispers – Rock Steady

Lou Rawls – Stop Me From Starting This Feeling (for Mick)


Stylistics – Sing Baby Sing

Joe Bataan – Sadie She Smokes (for Harry)

Frances Nero – Footsteps

Maze – When You Love Someone (for Maureen)

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain (for Sean)

Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain (for Trevor)

Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (for Mike)

Midnight Star – Wet My Whistle (for Allan)

Incognito – Thinking Bout Tomorrow

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:


“The Old Git @ The Olde Dog – Again!”

Billericay Road, Herongate Tye, Brentwood, CM13 3SD

DJ Neil Matthew playing….

“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Disco from and inspired by the classic era of the 70s & 80s”

**Guest DJ : Grumpy Brown – 1st Live Set for 25 years !**

7pm – 10.30pm – Free Entry

Chill out with the tunes !

Saturday 1st October
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, 30 York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS
The East Kent Soul Connection Presents…
“Soul Jazz Funk, Soulful Dance & Boogie”
8pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 22nd October

Halloween 80s Soul Night
***New Venue!***
Rochford Hundred Golf Club, Hall Road, Rochford
DJ: Geoff Grove
Fancy Dress (Optional) – Hot Finger Buffet
8pm – 1am
Professional photographer will be snapping away at your request.
10% discount with Andrews Taxis too & from all Geoff’s events!
Tickets £15 from website below or Secrets Rayleigh

Saturday 22nd October
“Soul By The Jetty – 2nd Birthday Party”
The Lobster Snack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island
Wristbands only (£5 in advance) – 8pm – 1am
DJs: Jon Layton & Mr Messy
Plus: Mick Love, Gino Muscat (Killer Soul 5)
SPECIAL GUEST is Brighton legend and original Mafia DJ PAUL CLARK!!
Friday 28th October

“The Stylistics – LIVE!”
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30 pm start – show lasts approx 100 minutes
Tickets £25 – credit/debit card bookings on (01268) 465465
Friday 28th October
“Hallowen Party”
The Grasshopper Inn, Moorhouse, (A25) Westerham, Kent, TN16 2EU
DJ: Mark Roman – thr original DJ from legendary London 70s soul & funk club “Crackers” !
“Free glass of witches brew, creepy canapes and nasty nibbles!”
Friday 25th November
“Killer Soul Night – Xmas Special!”
@ 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 ´

DJ´s such as Ian Reading, Jon Jules, Mikey Porter, Bully, Uncle Swerve, Nick Gunn, The Bish, MJ Mac, Axel F, Brian Kelly 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
Saturday 3rd December

Charity Xmas Soul Ball
Colchester Town Hall, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PJ
“The West Coast Soul Stars – Live!”
A chance to see this fabulous band here in Essex !!
DJs : Chaz J & Food (The Lemon Tree)
7pm – 1am
Tickets £25 – funds raised for the British Heart Foundation

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 October 7th
Last Friday: Soul Survivors, Bar Vic, Southend – next one 30th September
Last Friday: Soulful Seduction, Inn On The Green, Stanford Le Hope – next one 30th September
Second Saturday: Soul Fusion, Star & Garter, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next one 8th Oct
Bi-Monthly Events:
Hockley Soul Night – next one 22nd October
Soul By The Jetty – next one 22ndOct and then New Years Eve !
Further details above as each night comes around.
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
More info to follow…
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 : 2nd October

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: stu[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 via from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm