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Neil Gits A Bit Mellow

3rd October 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

With the emphasis on the word “Soul” from the title of my show, I chose some particularly chilled out and relaxing tracks for my Monday evening in the studio this week – hopefully they will sound equally good come the repeat play on Saturday at 5pm !

The first “Soul Soother” is a little known track featuring Luther Vandross recorded as a duet with Cheryl Lynn for her 1982 LP “Instant Love” just before he crossed into the mainstream with the first re-issue of “Never Too Much”. The second “Soul Soother” is another duet, this time featuring Phylis Hyman performing with Michael Henderson, and you’ll be hearing a few more of her tunes on the show over the next few weeks as I’ve been enjoying dipping into her back catalogue at home !

The “Short-Trousered Soul” track would have been a nightmare for DJs to write onto their playlists back in the 70s or 80s but in these “copy & paste times” it’s not such an issue, so I was perfectly happy to select one of Diana Ross’s big hits from 1972 – see  below for the full title ! 😉 It was also Patrice Rushen’s 59th birthday on Monday, so I added in one of her lesser known songs instead of wheeling out “Forget Me Nots” yet again, and with Al Green, Jean Carn, Stevie Wonder & Earth Wind & Fire all in the mix too, you can see it’s a soul show with a capital “S” this week – sit back & enjoy !

The Tunes

Earth Wind & Fire    Fantasy

Bobby Thurston    Very Last Drop 
Princess    Say I’m Your Number One
Diana Ross    Doobedood’Ndoobe Doobedood’Ndoobe
Jean Carn    Bet Your Lucky Star
Chapter 8    How Can I Get Next To You
Luther Vandross  & Cheryl Lynn –  If This World Were Mine
Stevie Wonder    You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Kokopop  – I’m In Love With You
Al Green –  L.O.V.E.
GQ    Make My Dream A Reality 
Incognito    Parisienne Girl
Syl Johnson    Different Strokes
Young & Co    I Like What You’re Doing To Me
Fatback    Is This The Future (M & M remix)
Alyson Williams    My Love Is So Raw
Phylis Hyman & Michael Henderson    Can’t We Fall In Love Again
Tony Gregory    I’m Gonna Break You Down
Patrice Rushen  – Keepin’ Faith In Love
Real Thing    Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)

Hustler Of Culture    Funkin’ Pussy

October Gigs:


Friday 4th October 2013 (Every First Friday Of The Month)

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJ Bully plus guest Nick Gunn

“Old School Soul, Funk & Disco plus a sprinkling of Nu Soul &

Soulful House From The 70s Upwards”

“Weekender Anthems All The Way!”

Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am


Saturday 5th October (Every First Saturday)

“Soul On The Harbour  – 3rd Anniversary Special !”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests

“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th October

“Bless The Funk – Mini Weekender!”

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 2UU

“Two rooms of jazz-funk ‘n’ soul floorfillers & anthems”

Weekend wristbands: £18 (+£2 booking fee)

Tel: (07557)884966 (Dave) for more details or go to:


Friday 11th October

“Soul & Motown Night”

Westcliff Hard LTC, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea

DJs: Johnny Famous & John Barrall

7.30 start    £5 Entry


Saturday 12th October (Every 2nd Saturday Of the Month)

“Be Chic!”

The Crown, High Street, Billericay

Soulful Seduction DJs MJ & Bully present…

“Old Skool Soul, RnB, Carwash & Soulful Club Anthems”

8.30    12.30          Free Entry


Saturday 12th October

“Soul At The Cherry – 2nd Bite!”

The Cherry Tree, Queen Street, Brentwood, CM14 5JZ

DJ: Stevie B plus The Bish & Ian Holmes

“Soul Anthems & Jazz-Funk Classics”

8pm    1am         Free Entry


Saturday 12th October

“Haven Full Of Soul All-Dayer”

The Greenhouse Bar, Southend Golf Club

3pm    1am               Tickets £10

In aid of Haven Hospice, Family do, Under 16s free


Friday 18th October

“Woodmans Soul Night”

The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley SS7 3TA

“Soulful Funky Grooves of the 70s & 80s, plus some

Classic House Sounds Of The 90s…”

DJs: MJ & Bully

8.30    1am   ;   Free Entry


Saturday 19th October


The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, CT8 8AD

“Upfront & Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Soulful House”

DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson

8pm  –  1am  ;  Admission Free  ;  Rooms Available !


Saturday 19th October

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Soul Night”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start   –  Free Entry


Saturday 19th October

“Soul Power!”

Sidneys Bar & Lounge, 545 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6HE


Soul & RnB Classics 70s 80s 90s, Rare Groove & Reggae

8pm – 3am  ;  £8 All Night


Saturday 19th October

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

“Jazz Funk Soul & Swing”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Gino Muscat,

Brian Kelly, Tony Matthews & Bonnie O’Brien

8pm    1.15am   ;    £5 Wristbands, advance only


Friday 25th October (Every Last Friday)

“Friday Night Live!”

Bar Plazma, Wickford High Street, SS12 9AT

“Soul, funk, disco & club classics”

DJs: Bully & Merve The Swerve

Over 25s only ; Free Entry ; 8.30  – 2am


Friday 25th October (Every Last Friday)

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Dave Bishop, Frostie

Free Entry     8pm    1am


Saturday 26th October (Every Last Saturday)

“Disco Stomp”

Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate

DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun

“70s & 80s Disco Classics”

8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry


Sunday 27th October (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA

DJs: Tricia Butler, Bonnie DJ, Richard Brown, Sandra C & guests

“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”

3pm  –  11pm – soulful family atmosphere

Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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!

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 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