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    Playlist from this Saturday evening for one week:
    There goes my Baby/The Drifters (Atlantic-US, 1959)
    Struttin in the Summertime/Applejacks (Cameo-US, 1960)
    I like it like That/Chris Kenner (Instant-US, 1961)
    Climb ev'ry Mountain/Dickie Valentine (Pye, 1961)
    She's got You/Alma Cogan (Columbia, 1962)
    Tower Tall/Gene Pitney (Musicor-US, 1962)
    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE: Sherry/Hugo Montenegro (Oriole, 1962 – major world-wide hit for the Four Seasons)
    World of lonely People/Jimmy Justice (Pye, 1963)
    Guys and Dolls – Oldest Established..etc/Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin (Capitol, 2001 from the CD 'Rat Pack Live At The Sands' recorded live in 1963 see below)
    Don't talk to Him/Cliff Richard (Columbia, 1963)
    Pack up your Troubles/Judy Collins (Elektra, 1965 from the LP 'Fifth Album')
    My world fell Down/Ivy League (Piccadily, 1966)
    Led Along/Del Shannon (Liberty, 1967)
    Red Telephone/Love (Elektra, 1967 from the LP 'Love – Forever Changes')
    If you loved Me/Peggy March (RCA-US, 1968)
    FIRST RECORD I BOUGHT: Indian Reservation/Don Fardon (Young Blood, 1970 but first issued 1967)
    When you are a King/White Plains (Deram, 1971)
    Hidden Treasure/Traffic (Island, 1971 from 'Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys')
    FILM TUNE: On the Buses/Quinceharmon (Columbia, 1971 from the movie of the same name)
    Laughter and the Tears/Marlena Shaw (Blue Note-US, 1973 from 'Depths Of My Soul')
    Positive Thinking/Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch (Pye, 1975 now on the Zone CD 'Can't Give It Up')
    Operator/Jim Croce (ABC-US, 1980 from the album 'The Final Tour')
    Marguerita Time/Status Quo (Vertigo, 1983)
    Eyes that see in the Dark/Kenny Rogers (RCA, 1983 title track of the album)
    Walk of Life/Dire Straits (Warners-US, 1985 from 'Brothers In Arms')
    Old Friend/Marcus Dagan (date unknown – more information )
    Leave the Blindfold/Rick Wakeman (President, 2006 from the album 'Retro')
    If I don't think about it/ Darius Rucker (Capitol,2008)
    Smalltown Boy/Bronski Beat (SFE-Cherry Red, 2017 from re-mixed 'Age of Reason')

    Are you a Gene Pitney fan? He's featured regularly in our main show and of course we have a half hour programme of his music weekly on three radio stations(moving to one hour weekly in September when Isles FM joins the broadcast list). A Facebook page has been set up to support the programme, take requests and for information on the artist you wont find published elsewhere. It's a closed group so you need to apply to join The Gene Pitney Show.

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    CD's & vinyl of interest......

    Harry Nilsson was a superb songwriter and a new CD from Ace - 'Gotta Get up' - showcases his work performed by artists such as The Monkees, The Yardbirds, Sandie Shaw, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Andy Williams. Nilsson was much admired by the Beatles, Randy Newman and others...this really is a great collection of decent songs that you very likely won't have on CD. 

    Here comes a 3-CD set of Mark Wynter recordings from the end of the 50's through to the 1970's. All of the hits are here and the set includes many tracks making their CD debut. This release is from RPM Records. We're featuring tracks throughout the Summer.

     Lucas Romero  is a brilliant guitarist whose gypsy style is winning him fans throughout the world. His CD is titled 'Calle Gitana' is being featured regularly on the show. From the label comes another in their series concentrating on releases from specific labels. This time, 'Angela Jones' features 62 tracks from the Triumph label - started by Joe Meek - in the early 60's.  The label didnt last long but it did produce some good tracks along the way from artists including Michael Cox, John Leyton, Eve Boswell and the under-rated Danny Rivers
    Brand new from Atlantic-Stateside comes 'Atlantic Rock n Roll Series' a boxed set of  six discs form the 50's featuring Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown,Joe Turner and others. A great value set with liner notes that tells us how Atlantic Records missed out on signing Elvis Presley!. More information on this set on my Radio Services page on Facebook.

    A friend of this programme, Bob Stanley, has helped put together a couple of releases from, JASMINE RECORDS. One, by Percy Mayfield is featured below. Not heard of him? He wrote the Ray Charles hit 'Hit The Road Jack' and we'll be featuring tracks from this release later in the month.

    A while back, ZONE RECORDS issued a double CD of a classic Rod McKuen London concert and now there is a second release containing tracks from his BBC-TV series in the early 1970's. The liner notes tell the story behind the TV specials. This is a superb collection and we're featuring tracks from mid May. Highlights (for me)  -  the duet by Rod with Petula Clark of the Jake Thackray song 'Lah-Di-Dah' (on the show this week) and 'Mr Kelly'.

    Really good CD on its way from Georgie Fame - 'THE TWO FACES OF FAME' featuring tracks from his CBS days..including his chart-topping single. Then there is another double CD from Duncan Browne, who somehow never managed to sustain the chart success his 1972 single 'Journey' brought him. Cherry Tree have now issued a double CD featuring his later Transatlantic recordings including the excellent 'Criminal World' covered by David Bowie.

     A number of listeners have asked to hear more from  Full Circle - a collective of talented musicians who all grew up in the tiny Scottish village of Crawfrdjohn. In 2014, in partnership with the local museum, they set about recording some original music, written by Steve Johnstone. The track we included last week comes from their CD which is available for £5 - with the proceeds going to the local Heritage Venture Museum - . To order the CD - or to get more information contact Steve direct at We're getting enquiries about the Frank Sinatra  'GUYS AND DOLLS' track in the programme. This comes from the 'Reprise Repertory Theatre' boxed set which doesnt seem to be available currently.  Peter from Sheffield wants to know how to buy the Neil Diamond track in the show - it's on the new Universal/Capitol album set '50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION'.

    Our show is broadcast (BST) on Miskin Radio at 1800 on Saturdays - see   Then you can hear the programme on  ABC Oldies on Sundays at Midday, Wednesdays at 1300, Thursdays at 2000 and Saturdays at 0700. There is then Soul Beat Radio - at 0930 Mondays, see for more about the station.  You will also find the show on Isles FM - - on Monday mornings at 1000 and Thursday afternoons and there's a mid-week overnight broadcast as well. The show is also broadcast on Replay Radio - on Sundays at 0900 and Wednesdays at 1700; the programme is also heard on RMUK - - at Midday on Mondays and repeated on Sundays at 0830. WRFN broadcast the show on Sundays at 0900, Tuesdays at Midday and overnight Thursdays at Midnight at http:///www, .   Now to  Wigan FM  - go to -  this station broadcasts the programme  Midday - 1400 slot on Mondays.  Finally, from August 07, we welcome WNR - West Norfolk Radio - on Mondays at 1900. Find them at http://www, . Many other stations broadcast the show on a regular basis, without formal agreements. 

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    I have been in the media business now for 50 years starting out with local newspapers in Surrey and then Record Mirror and Music Week, part of the Billboard group. I then joined Pye Records/ATV and Stoll-Moss Theatres at the end of the 60’s. In 1971 I moved to BBC Radios 1 & 2 in the early 70’s and then worked for Radio Luxembourg/Atlantic 252 in a management capacity and then ran local commercial stations in Glasgow, London and the Isles of Man and Lewis. In 2002 we had a world exclusive on Frank Sinatra on Isles FM - see or