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Neil Gits Some Tricky Requests

14th February 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s good to know that my regular listeners have a deep interest in their soul music and don’t just want non-stop Top 40 hits from the 70s & 80s week in, week out. It keeps the show interestting and we can all learn about new (old!) music together and find out unknown facts about our favourite artists and what they’ve done.

Sometimes, the requests I get test even my massive record & CD collection and over the last week or two, I’ve had to search high and low to keep you happy ! Paul in Billericay asked for two songs recently, one I had, but not the version he wanted, whilst the other one, if I have got it, will be in a box underneath four other (heavy!) boxes right at the back of the collection. That one’s on my “to do” list  still … 😉

But Sam in Wickford came up trumps, she asked for a song I don’t remember at all, by a singer I can just about name one song by back in the 80s and I was convinced I didn’t own a copy. I checked my albums – no, I didn’t buy any by him – then the 7″ singles, blank again. But…looking through the huge wall of twelves, there it was, in pristine condition, probably only played once and forgotten all about for nearly thirty years ! So it will be played on Monday’s LIVE show for you Sam … 🙂

In the meantime, take another listen to last week’s show, repeated at 5pm today (Saturday) featuring these goodies :

The Tunes

Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
Jackie Wilson – It Only Happens (When I Look At You)
Earth Wind & Fire – Star
Four Tops – You Keep Running Away
SouLutions – Sunday Love
Chaka Khan – And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
Amy Keys – Has It Come To This
Sheree Brown – Your Love Is On Fire
Rene & Angela – Banging On The Boogie
Teena Marie – I Need Your Loving
Melba Moore – Pick Me Up I’ll Dance
Double Exposure – Everyman
George Benson – Living Inside Your Love
Philadelphia International All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto
Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Soul Talk – Is It Me You’re Thinking Of
Percy Larkins – I Need To See You Again
Alexander O’Neal – If You Were Here Tonight
Marc Staggers – Bring It HomeTo Me (NL Mix)
Larry Willis – Out On The Coast

Six Months Of Soul Gigs !

Saturday 13th February
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes & Neil Matthew
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !

Friday 19th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Paul Kidley
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Friday 19th February
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 20th February
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 20th February
“Soul Print Promotions present Soul By The Sea”
The Ship, New Road, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 2EA
DJs: Mick Liste, Chris White, Gary Dennis & Birdy
“Soul Funk Jazz & Latin”
Admission £7 On the Door – 8.30pm – 1am

Friday 4th March
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
(Every First Friday Of the Month)
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve, Brian Kelly & guest DJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 4th March
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
(Every 1st Friday of the month)
Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry All Night
8.30pm – 2.00 am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

Saturday 5th March
(also 16th April/7th May/4th June)
“Movers & Shakers”
The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”
DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests
Tickets £5 ; Over 30s ; 8pm – 1.30am
(07910)758621 –

Saturday 12th March
“Canvey Island Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
Original Goldmine DJs: Jeff Young, Snowboy, Bob Jones & Grumpy Brown
“Jazz-Funk, Soul, Rare Grooves – Genuine pre-1984 Goldmine Music!”
9pm – 3am

Saturday 12th March
“Shuffle !!”
Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG
“Steaming Funk, Cool Jazz, Crossover Fusion,
Latin Rhythms, Afro Beats & Samba Kandi”
9pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
DJ Lee Aitch

Friday 25th March
“The Long Good Friday – Part 3”
Essex Sports Village, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM15 4DT
“Two Rooms Of Soul & More…”
6pm – 2am ;
Tickets £10
Stomp DJ Team

Saturday 9th April
“The Kent Soul Sessions – Spring Affair”
TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Tony Matthews plus guests TBC
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

Saturday 16th April
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea
“Four Tops Tribute Act”
DJ John Watson
Finger Buffet – 18 + age group
Tickets £17.50 (no booking fee)
Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 23rd April
“The Madness Of St Georges Day”
Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL
12 DJs including :
Jeff Young, Gary Dennis, Tony Fernandez
Paul Clark, Bob Masters & Grumpy Brown
Tickets: £10 between 1st Feb & 8th Feb – more afterwards

Saturday 21st May
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !
Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT
DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door

Saturday 28th May
“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston
7.30pm ; Tickets £20 / £22
(01268) 465 465

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)
“Killer Soul All-Dayer”
The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE
Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics
Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…

Saturday 18th June
“The Magic Of Motown”
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
“10th Anniversary Show”
Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.
Tickets from £22 – £29 ; 8pm start
Tel: (01702) 351135
Saturday 2nd July
“SOS Live”
Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea
“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”
4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 15th July
“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”
7.30pm ; Tickets £23
(01268) 465 465


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March
“SFA 2016 – The Soul Family Affair !”
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB
Two Rooms: 1) Nu Soul, Boogie, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
2) Motown, Jazz, Northern, Reggae, Modern Classics
DJs include: Martin Collins, Tony Fernandez, Ian Reading
Brian Kelly, Chris Brown & Les Knott
More info at or :

Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March (Easter!)
“The Claremont Soul Weekend”
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS
“Four Rooms of Soulful Classics, RnB, Jazz-Funk & House”
**Beggar & Co – Live Set ! **
DJs including:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Phil Baker & Stretch Taylor
More details from :

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”
DJs: Peter P & Trish
Free Entry ; 8pm – 2am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Dress

Fridays :
“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 30s
(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
First Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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 !

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