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Neil Gits Some Top Soul Tunes On !

17th October 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s all about the music this week ! Not too much to report on in my life outside the studio, just the same old same old, so let’s point you in the direction of some of this week’s show highlights. Glen Goldsmith is a name you might recall from the late 80s when he had pop-soul hits with tracks like “Dreaming” & “I Won’t Cry”, then in the 90s he achieved more Top 40 success as the writer of some of Peter Andre’s best known songs including “Mysterious Girl”. But in 2014 he is back behind the mic with a gorgeous song called “London Skies”, released back in August and sounding even cooler in a “Soul Talk Remix”.

Along with J-Ski (Jay Negron) and Tom Moulton, Greg Womack was behind many of the classy re-edits & remixes and remixes I’ve featured on my show in the last couple of years. Sadly he passed away a few weeks ago, but you can still hear his work on tracks like the Jackson 5’s “Especially For Me” which is a terrific slice of mid-70s disco, nicely extended in Greg’s “Afrodeziac Remix”.

And whilst on the subject of Motown stars, I’ve got a song from Stevie Wonder’s ex-missus on the playlist this week ! Of course, Syreeta was a top recording artist in her own right, her big solo UK hit being “Your Kiss Is Sweet” in 1975, plus she was one half of the duo that recorded the epic ballad “With You I’m Born Again” along with Billy Preston in 1979. But you can hear how she sounded in 1990 on a track she recorded for Ian Levine’s “Motor City” label, which persuaded many Motown names back into the recording studio in the late 80s/ early 90s . We lost Syreeta in 2004, but you can hear her song and many more fabulous memories from the 70s & 80s soul scene in a repeat play of the show on Gateway from 5pm this Saturday.

Here’s the full selection to whet your appetite fully !

KC & The Sunshine Band – Queen Of Clubs
McFadden & Whitehead – I Heard It In A Love Song
Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time
Temptations – Ball Of Confusion
Gene Chandler – Let Me Make Love To You
Glenn Goldsmith – London Skies
Will Downing – Do You Still Love Me
Gary Taylor – Love You To The Limit
The Limit – She’s So Divine
*Kool & The Gang – Big Fun
Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning
Jackson 5 – Especially For Me (Womack Re-edit)
Warren Hill – Fallen
Irma Thomas – Time Is On My Side
Herbie Hancock – You Bet Your Love
Syreeta – Moment Of Weakness
Paris – I Choose You
Love Unlimited – Walking In The Rain With The One I Love
Ray Pollard – The Drifter
Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday
Diana Ross – Sweet Summertime Livin’
Earl Klugh – Doin’ It

And if you’re looking for a soul-filled night out …

Saturday 18th October
“Soul By The Jetty – The Finale”
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly plus special guests:
Original Goldmine & ex-Radio DJ : Jeff Young
“A final night of quality soul, funk & jazz grooves”
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; wristbands £7 from

Saturday 18th October
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday October 24th
“Level 42 – Live!”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-On-Sea
7.30pm start
Tickets £27
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 31st October
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ;
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only
Saturday 1st November
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
8pm – 1am – Free Entry

Sunday 2nd November
“East Coast Soul”
East Coast Social, The Broadway, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1TJ
“Live jazz in the afternoon followed by DJ Peter P”
Guest DJ : Les Knott
First Sunday each month, with guests on rotation
Free Admission ; 6pm start

Tuesday 4th November
“The Stylistics – Live!”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Tickets £27.50
Tel: (01268) 465465

Friday 7th November
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJ: Bully & Merv The Swerve
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Jazz Funk Disco & Club Anthems”
Friday 7th November
“Maldon Soul Night”
Maldon & Tiptree Football Club, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ
Live Singer Reggie Manus plus DJ Johnny Famous & DJ Alex
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Motown from the 70s 80s & 90s”
8pm – Midnight ; £7 on the door ; Tel (07816) 412039

Saturday 8th November
“Soul Galore 2”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington, Kent, CT1 9RS
Across The Board Soul All-Dayer …
“Northern Soul, Modern Soul, 70s Groovers, 80s Movers & more…”
DJs: Tommy Gunn & John Herbert
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; £5 On The Door
** No bar – bring your own drinks & snacks ! **

Wednesday 19th November
“Alexander O’Neal Live !”
The Ivory Rooms, Billericay
Tickets on sale now at £12.50
Tel: (01277) 632378
Thursday 20th November
“Dancing In The Streets”
Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-On-Sea
“A celebration of Motown’s greatest hits”
Tickets £23.50 – £27.50
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 21st November
“Soulful Seduction” (every 3rd Friday)
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Jazz-Funk & Club Anthems from the 70s upwards !”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 25s – Smart Dress

Friday 21st November
“5 Star Soul !”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Jazz Funk & Soul Night”
Guest DJ: Greg Edwards
7.30pm – 2 am ;
Last three events sold out ! Tel : (01375) 891402

Saturday 22nd November
“The 5th Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
“Jazz Funk Soul & Rare Grooves”
Original Goldmine DJs: Chris Hill, Tom Holland,
Snowboy & Garry Dennis
Tickets £10 / £12.50 from
£15 on the door if available
9pm – 3am ; Tel (07811) 111333

Saturday 22nd November
“Soul At The Cherry”
The Cherry Tree, Queen Street, Warley, Brentwood, CM14 5JZ
“Soul Weekender Anthems, Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul,
Soulful House & Disco Classics”
DJs: Ian Holmes & David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Free Entry
Tel (01277) 233576

Saturday 29th November
“Soulful Seduction”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
“80s Club Classics & Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & Soulful House”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm till late ; Free Entry

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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