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Neil Gits A Flood Of Requests

10th February 2020
Posted by Neil Matthew

I meet quite a lot of people through my work outside of hosting “The Old Gits Soul Show” on Gateway and often end up telling them about being on the radio, in the hope that now and again one or two of them might just tune in on a Monday and give it a listen. Of course, 99 times out of a 100 I will never know and just have to assume that they took my recommendation and are eagerly sitting near a speaker at 7pm every Monday just waiting to hear my next selection of soul jazz-funk and disco goodies !

But lately, I have had a steady stream of conversations with members of quiz teams from the various nights that I run that usually start with “I heard you on the radio last week …” and it would seem there are even more folk of around my age that share a love of my kind of music than I thought – so much so that a handful of them have even started passing on ideas of songs for em to play, some tried and tested “anthems”, others cool tracks that despite having followed soul music for over 40 years have evaded even my ears !

And that’s what the show is all about – playing some familiar friendly names and tunes alongside some real gems that are personal favourites that never made the “mainstream” , whether from my collection or yours, all from the wonderful world of soul music. Oh yes … and most of all enjoying the experience !!

Check out this week’s new LIVE show from 7pm tonight here on Gateway, or come back later and find it within the next month at the “Listen Again” page. Speak to you soon !

The Tunes – Playlist 4th February :

Harry Ray – Love Is A Game

George Benson – Never Give Up On A Good Thing

Freda Payne – Memories & Souvenirs

Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night

Evelyn King – I Can’t Take It

Nicole & Timmy Thomas – New York Eyes

Four Tops – Just In Time

Leon Ware – Heartbeat

Controllers – My Secret Fantasy

Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up

TS Monk – Candidate For Love

Shakatak – Steppin’

Jones Girls – Knockin’

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Stevie Wonder – Superstition

Junior Walker & The Allstars – Take Me Girl I’m Ready

SouLutions – Day Dreamer

Gwen McCrae – Tears On My Pillow

Diane Marsh – I’m Stuck On You (Lovers Groove Mix)

Frederick – Real Love

Womack & Womack – Celebrate The World

Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Taste The Groove

The Tunes – 27th January :

Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop

Luther Vandross – She Loves Me Back

Regi Myrix presents Hil St Soul – One Life

McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now (Extended)

Jimmy Ruffin – Falling In Love With You

Frederick – I Can’t Help But Love You

Regina Belle – Make It Like It Was

Diane Marsh – I’m Stuck On You (Yearning 2 Step Mix)

Will Downing – Come Together As One

Terri Wells – I’ll Be Around

Sisters Love – Give Me Your Love

Bill Henry Band – Shoot Your Shot

Love Unlimited – Love’s Theme

Terri Green Project – Give Me One More Chance

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Forget Me Not

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Come Round Here (I’m The One You Need)

Showstoppers – Ain’t Nothing But A Houseparty

Marc Staggers – Never Knew Love Like This

Rockie Robbins – Since I Fell For You

Surface & Regina Belle – You Are My Everything

Jason Anthoney Wright – Looking Through The Window

Terence Trent Darby – Dance Little Sister

Los Charly’s Orchestra – Soul Unity

The Gigs :

Friday 14th February

“Studio Fridays” (Every Friday)

The Oakleigh, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS93NE

“A Glittering Blend of House Disco & Soul, featuring

Fresh New Cuts & Classics from the archives”

Guest DJ each week :

14/2 : Cosmic

21/2 : DJ Foss

28/2 : Harrison Edwards

Free Admission ; 9pm – 1am

Saturday 15th February

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

8pm – 12.30am – Free Entry

Friday 21st February

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction”

The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA

“70s 80s & 90s Soul House & Old Skool Club Anthems”

DJs: Bully & Matt Jackson

8.30pm – 12.45 am ; Free Entry ; Strictly Over 25s

Friday 21st February

“Friday Soul Session”

Pandoras Wine Bar, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UN

DJs: Peter P & Trish

“Two Rooms Of Music” “2-4-1 Cocktails”

8pm – 1am ; Over 30s ; Free Entry

Sunday 23rd February

(Last Sunday of Each Month)

“Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green

Special Guest : TBC

Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Thursday 27th February

(Every last Thursday of the month)

“70s & 80s Soul Night”

The Chequers, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ

DJ Howie

“Soul Weekender Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s & 80s”

8pm – 11pm ; Free Entry

Saturday 29th February

“Soul Odyssey”

M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX

DJs : Gary Walden, Tony Treble & Gary Fish

“Soulful Vibes’

8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance – £10 on the door

Friday 6th March

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs

“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”

8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Saturday 7th March

(1st Saturday of each month)

“Chelmsford City Soul”

Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA

DJs: John Peters & John Douglas

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”

Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 7th March

“Hampton Soul By The Sea”

The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8DL

“Soul Funk 80s Groove Disco & Rare Grooves”

DJs: Disco Dolly, Purple Hayes, Mr Mundy & Guest DJ

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th March

“A Night Of Motown – Stevie Wonder Tribute”

Acanteen, New London Road,Chelmsford,CM2 0ND

Godfrey Gale as Stevie Wonder plus DJ

7pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10

Saturday 11th April

“Basildon Over 30s Night”

Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3DG

DJs : Room 1 – Greg Edwards & John Osborne

“Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems”

Room 2 – Phil Indulgence

“Club Classics / Urban / House”

9pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Tickets £12 on the door before 10pm ; £15 after …

Weekenders :

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020

“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”

Three Rooms of Music, 25 Soul/Reggae DJs

Featuring Marcia Griffiths Live

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020

“Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender”

Dreamland Margate

Featuring Roy Ayers & Sister Sledge Live

DJ sets from Craig Charles & Gilles Peterson*F

Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August

“Margate Soul Festival 2020”

Details to follow …

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Studio Fridays”

The Oakleigh (formerly Bellini’s), London Road, Leigh on Sea

“Soul, House, Disco”

DJ : Guests on rotation

Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in the 2020 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

 E-mail: [email protected] or send a 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !