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Neil Gits 1st Place … But Loses !

14th April 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

Most people who listen to my show probably know me from my 40 plus years as a DJ, either on the radio or in pubs and clubs, before hanging my mobile disco headphones up in 2018. By then I had already built up quite a portfolio of quiz night venues and focussed primarily on that for about three years, alongside the radio, before my business was cruelly wiped out by … you know what !!

It’s really nice that now having retired from public life, quite a few of my old quizzers have kept in touch over the last few years by tuning into the show and seem to really enjoy the tunes, regularly coming out with cracking ideas they have discovered themselves for me to share on air. That old quiz buzz hasn’t completely died inside me though – as you can probably tell from the weekly “Soul Connection” feature ! Although I have no desire to retake my position on my quizmaster’s stool, I have joined a team with my son and his girlfriend to turn up this year and take part at a couple of events near where I live … with mixed results !

Last week things went pretty well for us (team name : “Better Call Saul” !) Captain Nathan steering us to 45 points out of 60 after some intense concentration and a little luck, a decent effort indeed but not normally enough to have a chance of winning. We were amazed when we found out we were joint top scorers and had to take part in a Tie Breaker with the other team (sitting right next to us – awkward !) but we couldn’t quite negotiate that final hurdle and went home empty handed. The question was about Elvis Presley – honestly, when did you ever hear him played on my show ?! Now if it had been about Luther …

There are usually a few surprises on the playlist each week, but always from the general field of soul, jazz-funk & disco – check out the latest selections below and see if you are intrigued enough to navigate the “Listen Again” page here to listen to them … and then join our happy band of music fans LIVE on Monday for the next show !

The Tunes – Monday 8th April 2024

Chi-Lites – You Don’t Have To Go
Peter Brown – Dance With Me
Maysa – Hypnotic Love
Chaka Khan – Soul Talkin’
Brenda Russell – Life Is Waiting
Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothing
Eugene Wilde – Don’t Say No
Natasha Watts – Heaven Sent
Melba Moore – Take My Love
Funk Masters – It’s Over
AC Soul Symphony – I Want To See You Dance
Decoupage – Puerto Rico
Sam & Dave – You Don’t Know Like I Know
Four Tops – Bernadette
Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again
Level 42 – Love Games (Full Length Version)
Brian Power feat Cornell C C Carter – Sometimes
Cool Notes – Have A Good Forever
Luther Vandross – I Know
Blair Clark – Al Be Like
Trussel – Love Injection
Musique – In The Bush

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” !