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Neil Gits Five Decades Of Soul In

13th October 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

It won’t be breaking news to regular listeners, but every week I leave at least one, often two, songs off my intended playlist, usually because I like to play each track all the way through and not fade any out early, but also because I can waffle on a bit and lose a minute’s music time here and there !! 🙁  When planning this week’s show, I noticed that I had music from the 60s 70s 80s 90s & 00s scheduled – mostly from the 70s & 80s of course – and not only that but there were quite a few genres within the general “soul” field covered. Along with the staple diet of soul, jazz-funk & disco, I had a little bit of reggae, blues, r’n’b, northern & blue eyed soul all included, so I decided I would try REALLY hard and get EVERYTHING played ! I failed of course, but I only left one tune out and I DID get in something from each decade and genre, so why not have a listen to the repeat play on Gateway this evening (Saturday) at 5pm or maybe try the “Listen Again” facility (search the right date under ‘Cool Soul’) to hear how it all sounded in the end ! The last two weeks playlists are posted for you to peruse below, along with the up to date “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” too …

This Week’s Tunes :

D Train – You’re The One For Me
Vickie Sue Robinson – Turn The Beat Around
Kelly Price – And You Don’t Stop
Fatback – I Found Lovin’
Ronnie Laws – Good Feelings
Whispers – Let’s Go (All The Way)
Phylis Hyman – Why Did You Turn Me On
Lori Williams – I Like The Way You Talk
Kool & The Gang – Jungle Jazz
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
Raw Silk – Just In Time
Level 42 – Heathrow
Billy Preston – The Girls Got It
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Monyaka – Go Deh Yaka
Haywoode – Time Like This
Rose Vincent – All Night
Frederick – My Gift To You
Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
Mike Champion – Experience
JALN Band – Disco Music (I Like It)
David Sanborn – Back To Memphis

Last Week’s Tunes

Band AKA – Grace
Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time
Drizabone Soul Family – New York City Nights
Russell Patterson – I Surrender
Detroit Spinners – Two Of A Kind
Ty Causey – I Can’t Let Go
Alexander O’Neal – Crying Overtime
Ondremusic – It’s You
Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces
Teddy Pendergrass – Get Up Get Get Down Get Funky Get Loose
Rick James – Big Time
Bobby Keys – Gimme The Key
Isley Brothers – Love Is A Wonderful Thing
Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You
Jesse Green – Nice ‘n’ Slow
Chi-Lites – You Don’t Have To Go
Doggett Brothers – Get High
Ronette Harrison – Always There
Aretha Franklin – Willing To Forgive
Lori Williams – Out Of The Box
Shalamar – There It Is
Bobby Lyle – The Genie

Upcoming Gigs :

Saturday 13th October
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ Neil Matthew covers for DJ Yours Truly (Ben)
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 13th October
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet”
Vibe, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JG
DJs : Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Alan Champs
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry before 10pm

Friday 19th October
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 19th October
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests Steve Clancy & David Smyth
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20th October
(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”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th October
“ Soul At The Edge ”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D, Gary Walden & Guest Sara Jane Rundel
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door

Sunday 21st October
“ The Mar V Lus Soul Club & Rhythm n Groove Collective Alldayer ”
The Forge Pub & Grill, Queens Park Avenue, Billericay, CM12 0WA
DJs: Dick Coombes, Mick Love, Brian Maguire, Warren Uncle Funk,
Gary Thurgood & Martin Lipross
“ Northern Soul, R’n’B, Popcorn, Boogoaloo & more ! ”
£5 Entry on the door ; 1pm – 9pm ; Free Parking

Friday 26th October
“ Soul Reunited – Halloween Fancy Dress Party”
The RUSSC Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Terry Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod & Elliot Mount
Special Guest : Tony Fernandez
9pm – 1am ; Tickets in advance, £10 (01708) 762743

Friday 26th October
“Back In Time”
The Edge Bar & Restaurant, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
“Old School Disco & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: Wayne D
8pm – 1am (Free Entry before 9pm – £5 after)
Tel (01268) 280755

Saturday 27th October
“ Ghetto Heaven Reunion ”
Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Scott James, DJ Enyaw. Jay Anderson & Matt B
“ 80s & 90s RnB, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, UK Garage & House ”
Tickets £10 from (07475) 682901 or

Saturday 27th October
“Soul By The Jetty – Back To Basics Birthday Bash”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0AR
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Special Guest : Grumpy Brown
Admission by wristband only, available from :
Text: (07989) 591399
Email: [email protected]

Saturday 27th October
“Boogie Nights 70s & 80s Soul Party”
The Place, Pitsea Leisure Centre, SS13 3DU
7pm – Late ; Licensed bar, bring your own nibbles …
Tickets £1.50 in advance, £2.50 on the door.
Family friendly event, under-16s free.

Sunday 28th October
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

Friday 2nd November
“Soul Night”
Charlies Bar, Warley Hill, Brentwood, CM14 5HE
DJ Danny Moss
8pm – Late ; Free Entry

Friday 2nd November
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Friday 2nd November
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve plus guests
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Saturday 3rd November
(1st Saturday of each month)
“Chelmsford City Soul”
Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA
DJs: John Peters & John Douglas
Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Friday 16th November
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Mark Messent, Jon Ovel
Mark Lee, Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Jazzbod
Two rooms : “Soul Pavillion” & “Jazz Funk Lounge”
7.30pm – 1.00 am ; Tickets £15 via Eventbrite – Tel (01375)891402

Friday 30th November
“Killer Soul”
Chichester Hotel, Old London Road,Wickford, SS11 8UE
“The Zero DJ Team In Attendance – Big Soul Party!”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets available now :

Saturday 1st December
“ Liquid Spirit 3”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, RnB, Soul & Old Skool Anthems”
DJs: Ronnie Herel, Stretch Taylor, Danny T
Max Fernandez & DJ Coxy
8pm – 2am ; Tickets Available soon …

Friday 7th December
“An Evening With The Soul Ladies & The Collective”
Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall, The Forebury, Knight Street, CM21 9BD
“8 Piece Essential Live Soul, Motown & Disco Band”
Bring your own booze !
Tickets £15

Saturday 8th December
“Soul At The Edge – Xmas Extravaganza”
The Edge Bar & Restaurant, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D, Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Mick Jackson
“The Very Best Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door
Tel: (07526)633963

Saturday 22nd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
Three Rooms Of Tunes :
1 – Soul Funk & Jazz
2 – Soulful House, R’n’B & Hip Hop
3 – Reggae, Latin, Afrobeat & Jazz Dance
DJs: Aitch B, Brian Kelly, Colin Barnaby, Ian Holmes
June Furlong, Simon Van Os, Bigger, Chris White
Garry Dennis, Jeff Young & Mick Cooper
Tickets £15 in advance ; £20 on the door

Monday 31st December
“ The Edge New Years Eve Party ”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1EA
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
“Party, Disco & Old Skool Club Classics”
8pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10 in advance

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January 2019
“Clacton Soul Weekender Reunion 2019”
Marks Tey Hotel, Colchester, CO6 1DU
“Two rooms of 70s & 80s Modern Soul, Boogie & Jazz Funk”
DJs Include : Tony Fernandez, Sara Jane Rundel, Frostie
Richard Felstead, Paul Clark & Brian Jay
2pm Friday through to 2pm Sunday

Friday 1st February 2019
“Overdose Of Joy”
Top meadow Golf Club, Fen lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR
“Modern & Classic Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”
DJs: Elliot M, Nick Gunn, Lee Fatbloke, Paul Kidley, Bully & Jon Jules
Special PA : “ Louise Mehan of SouLutions ”
7.30pm – 1am
Tickets £15 (from 1/11/18)

Saturday 25th May 2019
“Shalamar Plus Special Guests”
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 4FA
“Full Live Concert featuring Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel & Carolyn Griffey”
2pm – 11.30pm – Other acts to be confirmed
Early Bird Tickets £20

Caister 2019 :
Dates TBC …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Feelgood Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell

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
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
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 2018 or 2019 ? 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” !