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Neil Gits Out The Big Guns

9th March 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s all about the tunes this week (and the Lockets & the Soothers too actually…) ! Squeezed in a couple more cuts than usual somehow and alongside those almost forgotten one-off gems, there are plenty of major names with cult & classic tracks. We dip into the 1977 “All n All” LP for some vintage Earth, Wind & Fire, there are 80s hits by Aretha Franklin & The Four Tops to enjoy, a minor success for the Whispers which is every bit as good as their big ones, a request for one of the great Temptations Motown songs, a super “Soul Smoothie” by Maze and … well, read on !

The Full Tracklist:

Jacksons  –  Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
Whispers  –  Keep On Loving Me
Barry White  –  What Am I Gonna Do With You
Patrice Rushen  –  Forget Me Nots (Full 12″ Version)
Slave  –  Steal Your Heart Away
Earth Wind & Fire  –  Serpentine Fire
Diana Ross  –  Touch Me In The Morning
Dukes  –  Mystery Girl
Central Line  –  Surprise Surprise
Aretha Franklin  –  Who’s Zooming Who
Touch Of Class  –  I Love You Pretty Baby
Major Harris  –  Let Me Take You There
Mezzoforte  –  Garden Party
Commodores  –  Brick House
Four Tops  –  When She Was My Girl
Groove Theory  –  Tell Me
Maze  –  Reaching Down Inside
Chuckii Booker  – Games
Archie Bell & The Drells  –  I Could Dance All Night
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes  –  Satisfaction Guaranteed
Lee Garrett  –  You’re My Everything
Temptations  –  Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Alder Ray Black/Fame Gang -Just Because The Package’s Been Opened
94 East featuring Prince  –  Just Another Sucker
Rene & Angela  –  I’ll Be Good
Peter White  –  Midnight In Manhattan

The Latest Gigs:

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 !

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”

Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April
The Comfort Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea
(Extra function room now available)
More info at and …

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

Saturday 14th  April
“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”

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 March 2nd
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

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.