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Neil Gits Rid Of His Female Listeners !

27th September 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Checking the studio inbox and the show’s Facebook page early in the show last Monday, it would have appeared that I only had guys tuned in to the show. I am sure some lovely ladies were listening too (hi Lorna in Vange !) but I just didn’t know for sure – however, just to be certain that I cleared the zone of all female soul fans, I then had a rare lapse of judgement and made a particularly silly comment just ahead of the first “soul smoothy” … ooops ! Tune in at 5pm this Saturday to see if you would have given me smack half an hour into the show … 😉

That’s one reason for listening to the repeat play of my “Old Gits Soul Show” this week, here are another twenty-two from that classic era of 70s & 80s Soul, Jazz-Funk & Disco !

The Tunes:

Luther Vandross  –  I Gave It Up When I Fell In Love

James Brown  –  Soul Power

James Ingram  –  Yah Mo Be There

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds  –  Now Is The Time

Stone City Band  –  Ladies Choice

Joey Negro & Sunburst Band – Where The Lights Meet The Music

Stevie Wonder  –  Knocks Me Off My Feet

Alexander O’Neal  –  All True Man

Prince Charles & The City Beat Band  –  Cash Money

Odyssey  –  Use It Up & Wear It Out

Chic  –  Chic Cheer

Keni Burke – Keep On Singing

Deodato  –  Night Cruiser 

Teena Marie  –  Revolution

Joe Tex  –  Ain’t Gonna Bump No More…

Inner Life  – Moment Of My Life

Norman Connors  –  You Are My Starship

Juliet Roberts feat Courtney Pine  –  Life Goes Around

Kelly Price  –  And You Don’t Stop

Diana Ross  –  Mirror Mirror

Ritchie Cole – New York Afternoon

Roy Ayers  –  Fire Weaver

The Gigs:

**Friday 16th November – SPECIAL EVENT !!**

“Soul At The Home Of The Blues”

Billericay Town Football Club (CM12 9SA)

Blunts Wall Road, Billericay


7.30 pm  –  Midnight

“70s & 80s Soul, Disco & Jazz-Funk –

Just Like You Hear On The Radio Show!”

More details coming soon …



Friday 28th September

The Qube, Crouch Street, Colchester

“Soul Jazz, Funk & Disco, R’n’B, Soulful House”

DJs: Kev James & Shaft

£3 Entry   –   9pm – 2am


Friday October 5th (Next one 2nd Nov)

“The Big Zero Soul Night”

Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ

DJs : Bully & Guest “Merv The Swerve”

“Soul, Funk & Disco From The 70s Upwards”

Free Entry    –   8pm  – 1am



Saturday 6th October

“Soul On The Harbour – 2nd Birthday Bash!”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate

DJs: Paul Spickett, Penny K, John Herbert & more…

Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Friday 12th October

“Stompford 3”

Hooga Bar, Victoria Road, Chelmsford

“Two Rooms of Soulful Beats & Jazzy Vibes and everything in between plus a Caribbean Kitchen !! “

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door

10 DJs from the Stomp Family




Saturday 13th October

“Hockley Soul Night”

Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS5 4XD

DJ: Geoff Grove

8pm  –  12.30 am     –    Tickets £6

Available from Secrets Hairdressing, Rayleigh High Street

Tel: (01702) 201515



Saturday 13th October

“Soul Connection All-Dayer”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

12 noon  –  1 am

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (07584) 626972


Saturday 13th October

“Soulbay Part 2”

The Know, 20 Beach Road, Westgate On Sea, CT8 8AD

“Soulful Funky Fun with the Knights Of The Cheesetable!”

Micky B, Jason Anderson, Paul French & Chris Bangs

4pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry


Saturday 13th October

“Soul Resurrection”

The Black Prince (Holiday Inn), Bexley, Kent

DJs: Steve Kite, Paul Evans, Dave Cooper,

Mark Sherlock & mark Garaccio

Room 1 : Philly, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems

Room 2 : Soulful House & Modern Soul

8pm  –  1 am     –    Tickets £5 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (07826) 843521  or  (07787) 547636




Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“The 1st Embassy Soul Weekender”

Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, CO6 1DU

“The Best Soul Funk Jazz & Latin Music”

DJs Include: Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Ash Selecter, Marky Mark

Booking details on (01206) 214808

Or for more info on prices, facilities & DJs visit…


Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“Bless The Funk Weekender” (2)

Esplanade Hotel, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea

“Three days of soul & funk anthems”


7pm Friday, 12 Noon Saturday, 12 Noon Sunday

£20 per person, further details at


Saturday 20th October

“Soul By The Jetty – 3rd Birthday Party!”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy ? Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Ginger Tony

£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399


Saturday 27th October

“New Yorker Revisited”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre

DJs: Aitch Bee from Soul II Soul, Hugsta, Cosmic,

Stavros, Chris White & Paul Eve

“Playing the Very Best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”

9pm  –  2am    –   £10 In Advance


Saturday 27th October

“Back To The Groove”

The Wheatsheaf Pub/Hungry Horse, Northdown Park Road, Margate

DJ Lee H plays the best in classic & nu soul, jazz-funk stompers and soul weekender anthems.

8pm to Late  –  Free Entry


Saturday 3rd November

The Stylistics – Live !

The Towngate Theatre, Basildon, SS14 1DL

Plus Special Guest: Pete Kennedy

7.30 pm start  –  show lasts approx 2 hours

Tickets £25  –  (01268) 465465


Saturday 3rd November

“Joey Negro Plays Margate!”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate

(in the Old Town opposite Turner Art Gallery)

Support from DJs: Micky B, Jason Andeson,

Jasper, Paul French & Derrick Patterson

8pm – Late

Tickets £12.50 available now from …


Saturday 10th November


Henry’s Bar, Romford Road, Aveley, RM15 4XB

DJs: Andy Davies, Gary Dennis, Steve Kite,

Ginger Tony & Grumpy Brown

9pm  –  2am   –    £5 On The Door

Tel: (01708) 864042


Wednesday 14th November

“Alexander O’Neal – Live!”

The Ivory Rooms, Billericay

Tickets £12.50

More Info : (01277) 632378



Saturday 24th November

“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays

DJs: Bully, Axel F, Stevie B

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”

8pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry


Saturday 24th November

“Shakatak Live in Bishops Stortford!”

The Rhodes Centre, South Road, CM23 3JG

8pm start  –   11pm  finish

Tickets £19.50   –  Tel: (01279) 651746


Friday 30th November

“Killer Soul X – The Xmas Special !”

Lords Golf & Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh

Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (01702)232377

More Details To Follow…



Saturday 1st December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”

Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow

DJ: Les Knott with Guest Jonny Layton

Plus Soul DJ Essex & Madhatter T-Shirts

Times TBC …

Tickets £8 in advance available from (07800)724757

Or £10 on the door – details from


Saturday 8th December

“KTF Soul Club End Of Year Knees Up!”

Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Road, Grays, RM16 2AP

DJs: Eddie Piller, Gavin Page, Lee Markwick & The KTF Team

“Northern Soul”   –  8pm  – 1am   –  £5 Entry


Saturday 29th December

Soulbay presents “Knot The New Year”

The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, Kent

8pm start     –     Free Entry



Monday 31st December (New Years Eve!)

“Family Affair New Years Eve Party”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate

8pm  –  3am    –    £5 Entry

More info to follow…


Every Other Saturday:
Love Canvey Soul
Bar Monico, Canvey Seafront
8pm – 2am – Free Admission
Tony D with Guest Djs & Live Acts
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Old Skool, Disco, Boogie, Motown & Reggae”

**Check with the venue for dates (01268) 683026**


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next one 5th Oct

Last Friday: The Qube, Crouch St, Colchester  – next one 28th Sept

First Saturday: Roberts Live Lounge, Colchester – next one 6th October

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf,Ramsgate – next one 6th Oct

Bi-Monthly Events:
Soul By The Jetty – next one 20th October – Ginger Tony                                                                                              Then Xmas Bash: 15th Dec (Tony Matthews)

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 : 2nd September


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…

Most 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 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