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Neil Gits A Brilliant Idea !

3rd November 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

I don’t normally think quite so far ahead, but I got a gentle nudge this week to let me know that Xmas Day falls on a Monday this year and as I’ve already made tentative plans to spend the day eating and drinking with my son, I politely declined the kind offer by management to come into Basildon and do my show live as I would normally 99 times out of 100 ! This means that there will be only three “Old Gits Soul Shows” in December so I have decided to have a bit of a jiggle around, drop a couple of the usual weekly/monthly features next month and do something that I’ve never done before … an ‘All Request’ show !

In recent years I have had some terrific suggestions for songs to play in my shows and I feel pretty confident that I can find at least 20 people who have tuned in regularly and given me interesting ideas to come up with one more for a one-off special “Cool Soul Choice Cuts” programme which I plan to broadcast on Monday 11th December (and may well be repeated on December 25th if they can’t find any other sucker to come in whilst stuffed with turkey and full of Xmas pud !)

So, get your thinking hats on Soul Fans – is there a little known soul gem that you once heard me play for the first time that you’d like to hear again ? Did you request a song that I had to obtain specially which could stand up to being repeated ? Have I played a previously unheard track to your ears by a soul supertstar which you fancy hearing again ? Maybe you have a list already & want to nudge something special up the queue to get it on air next month, rather than next year ? NO XMAS SONGS !!

The deadline is Friday 8th December so I can spend all weekend putting the show together (instead of watching football !) and you can submit your ‘choice cuts’ as comments on a special pinned post on our Facebook page “The Old Gits Soul Show” which I will watch carefully over the next five weeks … should be interesting ! ( If you are not on Facebook and have an alternative way of contacting me, feel free to text or email ) Now back to the present – and the latest playlist to drool over …

The Tunes – Monday 30th October

Band AKA – Grace
Unique – What I Got Is What You Need
Kloud 9 – When We’re Together
Jeffrey Osborne – Eenie Meenie
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Blue Magic – Born On Halloween
Luther Vandross – I Can Make It Better
Teddy Pendergrass – Only To You
Serious Intention – You Don’t Know
Alexander O’Neal – Criticize
War – Galaxy (Full Original LP Version)
Shakatak – Don’t Blame It On Love
Dusty Springfield – A Love Like Yours
Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood
Linda Lewis – It’s In His Kiss
Diana Ross – Upside Down
Los Charlys Orchestra ft Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – Vibration
Shaila Prospere – What You Need
Sheree Brown – It’s A Pleasure
Impressions – Groove
Al Wilson – Earthquake
Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
Lillo Thomas – Settle Down

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” !