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Neil Gits To Play Like A Champion !

5th August 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

Rain has very much been the focus of our lives in the UK over recent weeks. After a mini heatwave in June, the weather turned dramatically in July, with barely a day going by without at least a small shower at some point – not good timing for everyone looking forward to enjoying the summer holidays ! In this country, we’ve learnt to always keep one eye on the weather forecasts before planning anything concrete and overall, despite sometimes getting it wrong, the chaps at the Met Office can usually give you a decent idea of what to expect. So when they said that my planned day out in Hastings with Nathan would feature some “light rain” we could live with that and headed south, thinking we could nip under cover if any came along … WRONG !!

We wanted to spend a nice day together in July before he left for his bold “European Adventure” earlier this week and fancied re-visiting an old school days haunt of ours, where they have some particularly good novelty golf courses on the seafront. The seagulls had been a problem last time we went (no ice creams this time !!) but they were behaving themselves on this occasion so with a bit of drizzle having faded away we booked up to do all three courses in succession for the first time ever – Adventure, Pirate & the classic Crazy Golf – and set out to compete a marathon 54 holes. He beat me easily on the first two courses, which was painful enough, but just after I had taken a lead on the final one with three holes to go, it got worse …

A torrential downpour out of nowhere soaked us both to the skin in seconds flat, like someone had tipped a huge bucket of water over us ! Yes, we completed the game and yes I won (on a course that is used for the World Championships each year no less !)… but as we tried to take shelter in an amusement arcade, my black baseball cap was dripping grey splodges on my white T-shirt as the colour ran – it was THAT wet !! Try as we could we couldn’t really get totally dry and my jeans were still soaking wet when I got home over two hours after consoling ourselves with fish n chips in the car by the beach,every mouthful being watched by one of those seagulls sitting on the bonnet with wet, mucky feet … what a day !

August hasn’t got off to a great start either, but it won’t dampen my enthusiasm for bringing you two hours of top quality soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes from the good old days and more each week – give this week’s playlist below a once over and take a listen on the ‘Repeat Play’ this afternoon (Saturday) or catch up later via “Listen Again” …

The Tunes – Monday 31st July 2023

Stevie Wonder – Another Star
Johnny Mathis – Love Never Felt So Good
Carmichael Musiclover – Know You Better
Diana Ross – Your Love Is So Good For Me
Dynasty – Way Out
O’Jays – Summer Fling
O’Jays – Give My Love To The Ladies
Deniece Williams – That’s What Friends Are For
Taste Of Honey – We’ve Got The Groove
Donna Allen – Serious
Five Star – All Fall Down (Original 12″ Version)
Earth Wind & Fire – Brazilian Rhyme (Groovefunkel Remix)
Three Degrees – Long Lost Lover
Maxine Brown – Oh No Not My Baby
Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
Odyssey – Use It Up & Wear It Out
Gee Bello & Jocelyn Brown – Pure Perfection
Patrice Rushen – Didn’t You Know
Alton McClain Scarborough – While I’m Alone
Randy Brown – Do It Baby
Sugar Rainbow & Heather Haywood – Think About
Real Thing – Can’t Get By Without You
Duane Parnham – My Turn

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !