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Neil Gits To 400 !

1st October 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

I only noticed after the event that last Monday’s live show was my 400th since starting on our FM broadcasts back on 27th September 2010, a tad over eight years to the day ! Wow ! My carefully filed lists of songs played tell me I’ve played an awful lot of tunes on air in that time, not just soul, jazz-funk & disco – the main areas I cover – but also Northern Soul, Reggae, House & Rap (not much of those two ! lol) , R’n’B (both kinds!), Blue Eyed Soul and even Salsa across various features and one-off ideas. I do like to put in as great a variety within the general  “soul” genre as I can and each week there is usually at least one track from the 60s 90s & 00s along with plenty from my favoured decades of the 70s & 80s.

Take a look at last week’s playlist below for a rough idea of what to expect and if somehow you’ve never even heard ONE of the last 400 programmes, tune in tonight for No:401 from 7-9pm on Gateway, either on air or online – I always welcome your comments if you care to get in touch ! 😉

Last Week’s Tunes :

War – Me & Baby Brother
Central Line – You’ve Said Enough
C & C Music Factory – Share The Beat Of Love
Howard Johnson – Take Me Through The Night
Kool & The Gang – Jones vs Jones
Lori Williams – Hold On
Aretha Franklin – (It’s Just) Your Love
Ty Causey – That’s My Jam (Turn It Up)
Banda Black Rio – Miss Cheryl
Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
Cheryl Lynn – Encore
Mike Mandell – Peg
Chubby Tavares & Patti Brookes – Music Is Healing
Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe
Tymes – You Little Trustmaker
KC & The Sunshine Band – Queen Of Clubs
Will Downing – Look At Yourself In The Mirror
Jermaine Robbins – He Can’t Ever
Maria Muldaur – Midnight At The Oasis
Arnie’s Love – I’m Out Of Your Life
Chaka Khan – This Is My Night
Steve Harvey – Tonight
DJ Patsan – Studio 54

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out  – October :

Friday 5th October
(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 6th October
(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

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 !!
7pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

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 ** Special Guest TBA ! **
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]

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

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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” !