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10th February 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Almost every Monday from 7-9pm “The Old Gits Soul Show” is broadcast LIVE from Gateway 97.8 and almost every week it is worth listening to for the music alone – though sometimes there are bits in between and either side which make entertaining listening on the repeat play on Saturdays at 5pm !! For lovers of 70s & 80s soul, jazz-funk and disco, tune in tomorrow to hear classic tracks from Cameo, Shalamar, Windjammer & The Detroit Spinners, with some lesser known gems by great singers such as Phyllis Hyman, George Benson, Gene Chandler and Melba Moore. The “Short Trousered Soul” cut celebrates the recent “Fall of the White Stuff” , “The Old Gits Jazzy Bit” is a blinding jazz-funk instrumental , one of the “Soul Smothies” is taken from the excellent soundtrack of a 90s movie and there are another two stunning slices of soul taken from “The Philadpelhia Story”.

Much to enjoy then, but also listen out for the moment I dropped a CD case on the studio keyboard and hear what chaos ensued !! Now , back to the music …

This Week’s Tunes:

Shalamar  –  Friends

Brass Construction  –  Partyline

Windjammer   –  Tossing & Turning

Hi Tension  –  British Hustle

Collins & Collins  –  Top Of The Stairs

Tommy Stewart  –  Bump & Hustle Music

PM Dawn  –  I’d Die Without You

Phyllis Hyman  –  Let Somebody Love You

Melba Moore  –  You Stepped Into My Life

Detroit Spinners  –  Rubber Band Man

Imagination  –  Tell Me Do You Want My Love

Paulinho Da Costa  –  Love Till The End Of Time

George Benson  –  What’s On Your Mind

Gene Chandler – Groovy Situation

Cameo  –  She’s Strange

Sounds of Blackness  –  I Believe

Club 1600 feat Maysa & Phil Jackson  –  Angel

Dee Dee Sharp Gamble  –  Touch My Life

Anthony White  –  Stop & Think It Over

Wigan’s Ovation  –  Skiing In The Snow

Voggue  –  Dancing The Night Away

Chris Standing  –  Good Medicine

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out


Saturday 11th February

“Valentines Soul Night”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR

DJs: Bully & MJ – Soulful Seduction

“Caister Soul Anthems & 90s Dance Classics”

8pm  –  11.30    –   Free Admission



Saturday 11th February

“Dance To Donate – Soul All Dayer”

*In Aid Of Chailey Heritage School*

The Squire, North Street, Romford

2pm  –  2am   –   Admission £15

DJ Line-Up Includes Dr Bob Jones, Scott James & Mark Webster



Saturday 18th February

“Soulful Seduction”

The Silver Jubilee, Link Road, Canvey Island, SS8 9QA

DJs: Bully & Stevie B

“Dance Soul Disco & Club Classics”

8pm – Late     –    Free Admission

Telephone Tracey (07816)831702 for more info



Saturday 18th February

“The Goldmine Reunion”

La Quinta, 22-28, Benfleet Rd, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 1QB

DJs: Chris Hill & Mad Marx aka Snowboy

9pm til 3.00am  –  Tickets £12.50 in advance from the venue  07811 111333 or



Saturday 25th February

“ Street Soul!”

Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

DJs: Andy davies, Terry Jones, Ginger Tony, Grumpy Brown, Steve Kite

9pm – 2am    –   £5 on the door    –   Tel(01708) 864042



Saturday 3rd March

“Soul By The Jetty”

Lobster Smack (Upstairs), Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy & Brian Kelly

Special Guest DJ: Graham “Grumpy” Brown

Wristbands £5 in advance on (07989)591399

“Soul Funk & Jazz Grooves – Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive!”



Saturday 10th March

“KTF Soul Club – 2nd Anniversary Bash”

Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, Grays, RM16 2AP

Featuring “Soul On The Square” DJs:

Jim Watson, Ian Stebbings, Sly Aylott & Chris Redman

7.30 pm  –  1.00 am  –  £2.50 in advance or £4 on the door

Telephone Danny: (07895) 538835


Friday 16th March

“Killer Soul VII”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, SS6 9QS

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

Top tunes with the Zero Radio DJ Team !



Saturday 7th April

“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE

DJs: Les Knott, Paul Clark, Jonny Layton

8pm  –  1am    –   Tickets £8 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07800)724757 / (07989) 591399 / (01273) 413800



Saturday 7th April

“Soul Connexion All-Dayer”

The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1JE

DJs Dave Palmer & Dave Burton plus guests

Three rooms of music playing …

“Soul, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems”

12 pm  –  3 am    –    £8 in advance, £10 on the door

Tickets available from Dave Burton: [email protected] 07584626972       and Dave Palmer: [email protected] 07961101746



Friday 3rd August

“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”

The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope

“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”

Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs

7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10

Telephone Danny (07895) 538835



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”


Singing live this week 4th Februay “J.D.”



Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one Feb 3rd

First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth

Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 24th Feb
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 3rd March
2012 Dates: 28th April, 23rd June, 25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
***Tickets & Accomodation Selling Fast ! Hurry! ***
More info at and



And don’t forget…


Live Jazz at The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every 1st Sunday Of The Month

1pm – 4pm   –  Free Admission

Next Date : 4th March


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



Also recommended…

Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Both chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !



Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2012 ? 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: [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