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Neil Gits Flashbacks

18th June 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Last Saturday I was at a wedding party for the large part of the day (hence no time for a blog last week! 🙁 ) and had a serious catch up with a lot of people. I’ve known the groom since he was about 12 and when he became a teenager he used to roadie for me in the 90s, plus I know many of his family really well from working in his mum’s old pub for many years. Some of the guests I still keep in touch with, others I only see on occasions like this now, but each one reminded me of so many other names, places and faces that were a big part of my long past – I was quite exhausted by then end !

I like to think that listening to my show has a similar effect on you (not making you feel exhausted!) with each song bringing back good memories and setting off wave after wave of nostalgia for a happy, distant time in our soulful lives…

Try it today at 5pm and relive these great tunes :

This Week’s Songs

Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway  –  Back Together Again

Chuck Brown &  Soul Searchers – We Need Some Money

Van McCoy  –  The Hustle

Sugarhill Gang  –  The Lover In You  

McCrei  –  Take My Hand (Nigel Lowis 2016 Remix)

Average White Band – Atlantic Avenue

Anita Baker  –  You’re The Best Thing Yet

Sympli Whitney  –  I Can See You And Me

Ronnie McNeir  –  Lately

Matt Bianco  –  Half A Minute

Glenn Jones  –  Finesse

First Light  – Daybreak

Bobby Wilson  –  Lonely Teardrops

Kleeer  –  Open Your Mind

Lucy Hawkins  –  Gotta Get Out Of Here

Maurissa Rose – Thinking About You

Shakatak  –  Streetwalking

Vanessa Bell Armstrong & Jonathan Butler – True Never Fails

Gap Band  –  Yearning For Your Love

Sam Cooke  –  Shake

Linda Carr  & The Love Squad  –  High Wire

Dave Grusin  –  Mountain Dance

Last Week’s Tunes ! (Sorry you can’t hear these ones 🙁 )

Rick James  –  Give It To Me Baby

George Benson  –  Give Me The Night

Brothers Johnson  –  Ain’t We Funkin’ Now

Angela Bofill  –  Too Tough

Ryle feat Kenny Thomas  –  Keep The Faith

Sam Cooke  –  Cupid

Michael Jackson  –  Lady In My Life

George Howard  –  Let’s Live In Harmony

Third World  –  Talk To Me

Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis – You’re Gonna Get Next To Me

Gwen McCrae  –  Doin’ It

Jean Carn  –  Time Waits For No-One

Crusaders  –  Last Call

Gladys Knight  –  Taste Of Bitter Love

Los Charly’s Orchestra  –  Sunshine

Cheryl Lynn  – All My Lovin’

Teddy Pendergrass  –  Love Is The Power

Bobby Lyle feat Will Downing  –  Feel Like Making Love

Lee Edwards  –  I Found Love

Kleeer  –  I Love To Dance

The Gigs:

Saturday 18th June

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 24th June

“Soul @ Sugar Hut”

High Street, Brentwood, CM14 4RR

DJs: Scruffy Edwards, Tony Fernandez, Frostie

Simon “Whistles”Ford, Mr Vibz

10pm – 2am  ;  Tickets £10, contact the DJs

Dress Code: Very Smart & Soulful


Friday 1st July

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 1st July

“Essex Soul Sessions”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Jetty”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Paul Clark

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Saturday 9th July

“Soul Connexion All Dayer”

Club 2004, Station Road, Hornchurch, RM12 6LS

DJs include : Dave Burton, Ronnie Martin & Ian Holmes

“13 Hours of the Very best Soul Jazz & Funk “

12 noon  –  1am  ;  Tickets £5!alldayer/f6by7


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 9th July

“A Night Of Vinyl Soul”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN

10pm  –  2am  ;  Free Entry

DJs: Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz), Gavin Page & Micky B


Friday 15th July

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 15th July

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.- Soul All-dayer”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

2pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Shorts & Shades Summer Party”

Queens Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

DJs: Nigel Watson & Terry Brown (Soulbeat)

9pm –  1am


Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK


Saturday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation





Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


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

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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 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