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Neil Gits Digging

8th July 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

I mentioned on the show a couple of weeks back that when I have a brilliant idea for a long forgotten soul track to play on the show, my first job is to see if I’ve definitely got it on vinyl in my record library. If I have (which isn’t always the case !) I gleefully take it off the shelf and admire what pristine condition it is in and wallow in nostalgia for a few minues trying to remember where I would have bought it and at which venues I would have played it. But the next move is NOT to pull the record out of its sleeve and give it a spin surprisingly ….

I don’t have a readily available working standard turntable at “Old Gits HQ” unfortunately, so if I want to play a slice of good old vinyl I have to fix up my USB one and connect it up to the office PC which is a bit of a cafuffle for just one song, so I slide the record halfway back into its place on the shelf and wait until I have at least half a dozen ‘sticking out’ and then listen to & record several tunes in one session. Except it’s not just six or seven protruding now – more like 30 or 40 … and my basic grasp of physics can see a disaster looming !!

To avoid my library transforming into a scene resembling the aftermath of an earthquake, I have stepped up my vinyl to MP3 recording and made a couple of slots on each show available purely to play a song or two which I won’t have aired for around 40-45 years in some cases !! Naturally whilst doing this I have turned up some real nuggets and it’s now got to the stage where I am reaching deep into the very bowels of my collection, digging for soul gold !!

I reckon there must be four such songs on this week’s show – take a look at the playlist below to see if you can spot them, then if you’ve not caught the show already this week, listen to the ‘Repeat Play’ on Gateway at 5pm this evening (Saturday) and keep an ear out for those wonderful vinyl crackles, though there won’t be a lot – I looked after my precious records very well back in the day …

This Week’s Tunes : Monday 3rd July 2023

Central Line – Don’t Tell Me
George Benson – Turn Your Love Around
John Reid – Light Up My World
Van Mcoy & The Soul City Symphony – Spanish Boogie
Fatback Band – Do The Spanish Hustle
Shakatak – Streetwalking
Loose Ends – You Can’t Stop The Rain
Kim Tavar – Last Night
Dynasty – Satisfied
Diana Ross – It’s My House
Heatwave – Boogie Nights (Groovefunkel Remix)
Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – If It Ain’t Funky
Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop
Shalamar – I Owe You One
Jackson 5 – Mama’s Pearl
Tavares – One Step Away
Aphrose – Ya Ya
John Morales – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald – Summertime
Tony Toni Tone – It Never Rains In Southern California
Slave – Just A Touch Of Love
Patrice Rushen – Let The Music Take Me

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” !