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Neil Gits Down To Business

17th March 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

No mucking about this week – this evening’s repeat play of “The Old Gits Soul Show” is all about some fabulous quality soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes from the 70s & 80s…and then some ! Four tracks from the famous Philly label on the show today, starting straight away with an all-time classic, then later on a 1980 cut that sounds uncannily like one of the biggest disco hits of 1979 and the official “Philly Dips” in hour two are of a jazzy nature. Motown gerts a look in too with a couple of “rare grooves” from two of its main acts and we say a sad goodbye to one of the great soul voices of the 70s who passed away last week by playing one of his group’s big hits. There are two delicious “Soul Smoothies”, one of which was chosen by Lorna in Vange, while Carol in Billericay celebrates her 50th birthday with TWO requests ! Just take a look at the playlist below to whet your appetite for tunng in at 5pm this evening – I am gutted that Iwon’t be able to listen myself !!

The Tunes:

O’Jays  –  Love Train
Jay W McGee  –  When We Party (Uptown Downtown)
Trammps  –  Hold Back The Night
Wilton Felder & Bobby Womack  –  Inherit The Wind
Gap Band  –  Early In The Morning
Marvin Gaye  –  Heavy Love Affair
Freddie Jackson  –  You Are My Lady
Maxi Priest  – One More Chance
McFadden & Whitehead  –  I Heard It In A Love Song
Rose Royce  –   Do Your Dance
Brothers Johnson  –  The Real Thing
Charles Veal  –  New Found Love
Sakhile  –  Sakhile
Supremes  –  Bad Weather
Michael Jackson  –  Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Penny Ford  –  Day Dreaming
Minnie Ripperton  –  Loving You
Regina Belle  –  Please Be Mine
MFSB  –  Love Is The Message
Leon Huff  –  I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’
Disco Tex & The Sex-o-lettes  –  I Wanna Dance Wit Choo
First Choice – Love Thang
Ramsey Lewis  –  Do What You Wanna

The Events:

Friday 23rd March (& 25th May)
“ Hooga Soul “
16. Victoria Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1NZ
8pm  –  2am
Admission Free
DJs: Mick Love, Gavin Page, Brian Kelly & Guests
“Modern Soul, Jazz-Funk & Club Clasics”

More info at and …

Saturday 24th March
“Four Seasons Of Soul”
The Britannia Pub, Fort Hill, Margate,Kent
DJs: Greg Edwards (Capital Radio’s “Soul Spectrum” !) plus …
Tony Matthews, Jason Anderson, Micky B, Roni O’Brien
8pm  –  1am

Saturday 19th May
“The KTF Soul Club”
The Railway Tavern, King Street, Stanford Le Hope
Guest DJs: Rob Messer & Mark “Gurcha” Collins
7.30 pm  –  12.30 am
£4 Admission … plus a free CD
Details from Danny (07895) 538835

Friday 6th April
“The Zero Soul Night”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
8.30pm   –  1.00 am
Admission Free
DJ Bully & Special Guests
Playing Soul Jazz Funk & Disco Anthems

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

Sunday 8th April
“Bank Holiday Soul Train”
Roberts Club, Colchester
DJs: Nick Gunn & Bully
9.30 pm  –  2 am   –    £5 Entry
“Relive The Soulful Classics & Anthems Of The Old Days
At Venues Like The Tartan House, The Windmill & Embassy Suite”

Saturday 14th  April (also 23rd June)
“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 19th May (also 1st September & 24th November)
“Soulful Seduction @ The Treacle Mine”
More details to follow…
DJs from Bully, Axel F, Stevie B & MJ
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May
“Bless The Funk Weekender”
5th Avenue Club, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PR
Fri: 7pm – 3am  Sat: 12 Noon  –  3am
£30 per couple, £20 per person, £15 per night OTD
Details from Dave Marley (07557) 884966
“A Whole Weekend Of Jazz Funk & Soul Classics”

Saturday 23rd June
“Folk With Soul”
The Ship, Leigh-on-Sea
Fund raiser for Bosom Pals Breast Cancer Charity
Part of the Old Leigh Folk Festival Weekend !
Outside from 12 Noon – 6pm
Inside Upstairs  6pm   –  1am
DJs: TBC include Terry Matthews, Gino Muscat, Mark Gurcha Collins

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

***Singing Live This Sat 3rd March – Georgie B!***
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one April 6th
First Friday: 80s Soul Funk & Disco Night – The King Willy, Sawbridgeworth
Last Friday: Soul Survivors – Bar Vic – Victoria Avenue, Southend – next 30th March
Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 28th April
2012 Dates:23rd June, 25th Aug, 20th Oct, 15th Dec

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 : 1st April
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: stu[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.